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Original U.S Civil War German-made M1863 Spencer Navy Rifle Sword Bayonet by Schnitzler & Kirschbaum

Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. This is a very nice example of an contract-made imported Spencer M1863 Rifle bayonet, made by a well known German Sword marker. This fine example is marked by the maker on the blade ricasso:

S & K

Schnitzler & Kirschbaum of Solingen, Germany, was first founded in the Legendary "City of Blades" in 1808. Originally it had several subsidiaries to allow the different families to trade independently if desired, but in 1851 the company was consolidated after the sudden death of one of the owners. S&K had obtained contracts from the U.S. government in 1839 and 1840, and again supplied swords, sabers and sword bayonets to the Federal army during the Civil War. For more information, please see GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS by J. Anthony Carter, page 493.

This was a U.S. Civil War contract for a 24" straight bladed, brass hilted sword bayonet
to fit the U.S. Spencer Navy Rifle Model 1863. Please see Watts & White’s fine work THE BAYONET BOOK, page 425, item 895 for information.

Our example, which is well marked and in excellent condition, has had the blade deliberately modified to about 18" because it was claimed to be too unwieldy in combat, especially when attached to the rifle. With this alteration, the overall length is now 22 1/2”.

In fine condition, clear markings, ready to display!

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