c1866 German Made French Chassepot Bayonet


A nice example of the famous Model 1866 French Chassepot ‘Yataghan’ style bayonet that was designed to fit on the French Model 1866 Chassepot Rifled Infantry Musket (the musket was revolutionary in itself).

It was manufactured from 1866 to about 1874, until it was replaced by the French Model 1874 "Gras" Bayonet. The bayonet is brass-hilted with a spring steel latching arrangement on the right side. The crossguard is in steel and has a screw-type tightening arrangement on the muzzle-ring. The lower quillon is a hooked "blade-breaker" type.

The blade is steel, single-edged, fullered (both sides), with a re-curved or "yataghan-shape." French blades are usually marked on the back-edge (opposite the cutting edge) with the arsenal (such as Chatellerault, Mutzig, St. Etienne, Paris-Oudry and Tulle), month, and year of manufacture. This one, however, does not have any details, because it was manufactured by a German manufacturer. These bayonets were produced privately under the contract with Cahen-Lyon in 1868 and 1869 and allotted to several makers. In this case, the ricasso shows the partly hidden letters PDL, pertaining to P. D. Luneschloss. The fact that the maker’s letters are partly obscured also testifies to the fact that the bayonets were finished or assembled by a French company. The bayonets were given serial numbers starting with U or V. The crossguard on this bayonet is U51205.

The scabbard is unusual as well because it is not made of steel and it has 2 slots cut into its middle section. We have no idea as to its purpose, other than the blade fits it transversally quite well. The scabbard has 2 serial numbers: R562.. and a defaced one. The scabbard has been painted black.

Size: 71 cm (28 inches)
Weight: 1011 g