French Model 1874 Gras Bayonet. Matching Numbers and Frog

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An early production French M1874 Gras epee bayonet with matching scabbard and frog.

The Gras bayonet was the last of the French sword bayonets. It was manufactured to fit the French Model 1874 Gras Infantry Rifle that was produced until 1885. 

The 524mm “T” section epee blade is in excellent condition and is engraved on the spine with the St Etienne armoury name and the production date of June 1876. The ricasso is stamped with two French inspection poincon.

The solid brass pommel has a press-stud and external spring locking mechanism that works perfectly. The wooden grip scales are in good condition. The steel crosspiece retains its original blueing and is marked with italicised initials and the number “33902.” The "blade-breaker" quillon is marked with three inspection poincon. The front of the crosspiece bears additional poincon, letters and numeral stamps.

The rolled steel scabbard retains its blueing and is in excellent condition. The scabbard bears a matching serial number “33902” and inspection stamps. The ball finial at the foot of the scabbard bears three inspection stamps.

This is an excellent, original and nicely marked example of an early production Gras bayonet with its original issued leather frog.