Rare pattern 1855 Sappers and Miners “Lancaster” Bayonet in excellent condition.
In 1855, the Sappers and miners (later Engineers) adopted the Lancaster carbine as their primary weapon and the P1855 bayonet was produced to accompany it. The P1855 is a very distinctive bayonet with a pipe backed blade and quill point. Possibly one of the best-looking bayonets produced for the British army.
The 608mm pipe back blade is bright and clean with minimal age related patches of pale speckling. The ricasso bears the War department arrow and WD as well as a crowned inspection mark. The obverse ricasso bears the Knight’s helmet logo of the Solingen manufacturer, Kirschbaum.
The iconic brass cross guard and bird-beak pommel are in excellent condition. The beaked pommel bears the issue number 63 and the press-stud and external spring catch are in working order. The chequered leather grip scales are in excellent condition.
The bayonet is complete with its original brass mounted leather scabbard. The leather is in good condition with some crazing and marks to the original finish. The stitching is intact and tight. The brass furniture is in good condition with some small dings and age related marks. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is an excellent example of a rare and iconic British bayonet.