Original British First Pattern P-1837 Brunswick Rifle Bayonet By Enfield dated 1843
Original item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a first pattern British made P-1837 Brunswick bayonet, with the classic ribbed brass handle and swept forward cross guard. It has an impressive 22 inch long double edged blade, which swells slightly towards the end, and has a small fuller on each side. Overall length is about 26 inches on this very nice example. Many of these bayonets were imported to the United States during the civil war, along with obsolete Brunswick rifles.
The only real difference from the Second pattern bayonet is the attachment system. The first pattern extended button on the post was very prone to catching on things, and sometimes breaking off. Most seen on the market have the button top either broken or cut off, but this example is still fully intact. The second pattern moved the button to the other side, with a much more "flush" design.
The bayonet does not have any regimental markings, but it does bear a proof mark on the ricasso. The other side is marked CROWN / VR for Queen Victoria, over ENFIELD 1843, for manufacture at Royal Small Arms Factory Enfield. This would indicate military issue.
Condition of this bayonet is very nice, with a lovely patina on the hilt. The blade oes have some staining and rust peppering, as well as one area of surface rust, which we have left intact.
A very nice early British bayonet, ready to display!!
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