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    Hello, I found a bayonet in my garage today. My father didn't know much about it, except that it's a bayonet. Could someone please tell me the country the bayonet was made in, what rifle is it designed for, what army used it, what war it was used in, and just by curiosity, how much is it worth? Thank you for your time and help.

    If this helps any, it looks like the word "SUNO" is inscribed in the blade, but I can only make out the letters "UNO", the letter before only appears to be an S.

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    Hello
    it looks like a british M56 yatagan bayonet
    any maker mark or stamp ??
    cordially
    Didier

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    Thank you very much for your reply. But no, there are no other markings or stamps that I could find. Just the letters that read "UNG", with what looks like an J before those three letters. I know I said it looks like SUNO, but when I looked at it today in sunlight, it appeared to look more like "JUNG". There also appears to be a single "W". I know the image is blurry, but see if you notice it.
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    I agree with Didier that this looks like a British 1856 (or 1858 or 1860). These bayonets originally had chequered leather grips. The ones on your bayonet appear to be wood – is that correct ?.

    Having said that some of these bayonets made for British Volunteer forces did have wood grips.

    There was a German manufacturer called Clemen & Jung founded in 1860.

    They certainly made bayonets, but what I haven’t found is if they made bayonets for the British Army. They had an agent in the UK in Birmingham between 1865 and 1879.

    Alternatives - identical crossguards and grip rivet layout.

    1) Liechenstein Jagerbusche Model 1863 – a very similar looking bayonet made by an Austrian manufacturer named Jung.

    These were 707mm long with a 575mm blade and a 21.6mm muzzle ring.

    You mention a small “W” – if this was in fact an Austrian eagle stamp then I would go with this being the Liechenstein bayonet.

    2) Portuguese Model 1867

    These were 712mm long with a 580mm blade and a 20mm muzzle ring.

    That doesn’t give a definitive answer but may be of some interest.

    Sources

    The Sword and Knife Makers of Germany 1850-2000 by Anthony Carter.
    Le Nouvel Atlas de la Baionnette de Collection Vol 3 by Jean-Pierre Vial.

    Regards

    Richie

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