Original Italian M1870 Vetterli Rifle Early Long Spring Bayonet by Turin Arsenal - Unaltered

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice example of the sword bayonet for use with the 10.4 mm. M1870 Vetterli and M1870/87 Vetterli-Vitali rifles. This is an example with the early pattern long spring for the bayonet catch, though it does have the cut out lower muzzle ring that was introduced in 1875, as indicated by Anthony Carter in his work World Bayonets 1800 to the Present. This example also still has its original composition grip scales.

The blade on this bayonet is 20 1/4 inches in length, with an overall length of 25 1/4 inches. Many M1870 bayonets were subsequently shortened and/or had the lower quillon removed, making unaltered examples very desirable to collectors. This example is marked on the blade ricasso with TORINO, for manufacture at Turin Arsenal in the mountains of Italy. There are additional markings and proofs on the hooked-quillon crossguard. For more information please see Watts & White’s fine work THE BAYONET BOOK, Page 193, item 428.

Condition of the blade and bayonet is good, though the blade and hilt does show staining and light pitting in the steel. The composition grips are in very good condition, with no cracks or dents, and the catch functions correctly. The quillon does appear to have been bent towards the blade at some point.

A fine example of what is becoming a difficult bayonet to find in such fine condition, never messed with, just the way we like to find them, ready to display.

Blade length: 20 1/4”
Blade Style: Single Edged with Fuller
Overall length: 25 1/4”
Crossguard: 3 1/2”

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