Made in 1881, this bayonet remains in excellent condition. The blade retains its bright polished finish with only some very small areas of staining. The polished guard has a dark finish. While the wood grips do have some dings and dents they have no cracks or other major faults. The scabbard is likewise in good condition and retains much of its original blue finish. There is a smal dent in the scabbard halfway along its length.
The Gras rifle, introduced in 1874, was a conversion of the Chassepot rifle in order to allow it to take a metallic cartridge. Introduced at the same time, the Gras bayonet was a departure from the design of the earlier Chassepot bayonet, having a epee style blade suitable only for thrusting.
|Weight||0.8 Kg||1 lb 12 oz|
|Fits||Model 1874 Gras Rifle|