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1868 1871 1874 French Chassepot bayonet

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    The markings in your last photograph are inspection stamps known in French as poincons de controle.

    The blade backs show the manufacturer and date of manufacture.

    Condition and matching markings will increase the value.

    The rarest Mle 1866s are those made by non government manufacturers such as Reeves (of Birminhgham, England), Stehelin and Funcke and ones which were modified by the Germans to fit other rifles - they captured approximately 600000 following the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.

    Regards

    Richie

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    All bayonets or 3 from 4 were made by St.Etienne, all have different stamps as te 1868 was made in Imperial period, the 1871 was made in Republic and the 1874 is the late production as Gras 1874 were attach to service. All are collectable maybe too when matching, the last picture are only acceptance proofs.

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    My Grandpa has two of these minus the scabbards but both were made in st etienne, I already researched them and this site explained everything

    The 1866 Chassepot

    Just so happens to be the first one google brings up if you type in chassepot bayonet lol

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    I can’t tell much from your photo, but what you want to look for is condition and marking. I have only two model 1866 French bayonets, both have matching numbers and one is a M1866 Chassepot Bayonet which were Captured by Germans ( it have both the French and the German Reg. marking) the French frog lug have also be replaced with a German lug.

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    Hello everyone, first timer here, I have just obtained from my brother one off of this type of bayonet, does anyone know how I can identify how old it is from the serial No' S8164(1?)1. The family story was that our Grandad nicked it from a German during the first world war. I'm not interested in the value, the story is more intriuging.

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    Since someone resurrected an old thread, here's a few shots of a rare Christofle maker-marked Chassepot. Apparently this jewelry firm only made something like 5 thousand bayonets, before the government deemed them unfit to regulation standards.

    The company is still in business today BTW, or was as of late 1980's.

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    I like the look of these bayonets, and have recently been thinking of buying one.
    'St. Etienne' engraved on the spine in English is: Saint Stephen.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Most Chassepot bayonets are marked with the armory that made them, e.g St-Etienne or Tulle, and the date of manufacture: janvier, fevrier, etc., then the year.

    Condition would be a major factor in deciding choice, but for me the 1868 would be by far the most interesting as it would likely have been used in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. The 1871 could be late war, depending on the month,and the 1874 is post war....of limited interest as it was soon replaced by the bayonet for the Fusil; Gras.

    The Germans often erased the inscription when the captured bayonets in bulk at Sedan, etc. and recycled them.

    Let us know if you need help reading inscripitions.

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    Walkwolf, they are a lot of fun, definitely buy one.

    Go with best condition available and matched #'s, that way you can insure best collector return in case you ever want to resell it.

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    i also have a chasespot bayonet and it appears to have gold over lay or "leaf" on it. I was wondering about this peice of history and who it came from i can read all of the serial numbers but it has writing on the back of the blade can any one help me out? thanks!!

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