Antique American Civil War Sword Bayonet. P 1856 for Enfield Percussion Rifle Carbine Musket Made By Kirschbaum Solingen
Antique American Civil War period sword bayonet, British pattern 1856, intended for use with both the Enfield P-1853 Percussion 577 caliber short rifle and the artillery carbine – musket.
This saber bayonet is made by the well-known German sword maker KIRSCHBAUM of Solingen for export to the USA during the Civil War for both Confederate and Union.
The bayonet has a Yataghan style fullered steel blade and a hilt that consists of an iron guard with a muzzle ring and a pommel mounted with checkered grip scales made of black pressed leather.
The left side of ricasso is stamped with a slightly visible knight's helmet logo of the maker Kirschbaum of Solingen.
The right side of ricasso is stamped with S and the number 8 above.
The blade's spine is stamped with S and the number 4 below.
The pommel below the push-button is stamped with the numbers 112, 46, letter S and the number 4 below the mortise slot.
The absence of any British markings, such as names of British manufacturers or sellers, military issue stamps such as War Department ownership, government acceptance mark, inspection marks or arsenal marks, clearly indicates that this bayonet was never used by the British Army and was made for export to the USA during the Civil War.
Overall length with the scabbard: 71.5 cm (28.15 inches).
Length of the blade: 58 cm (22.83 inches).
CONDITION: Age and usage are showing, slightly pitted, grip scales with wear.
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