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Watervliet Arsenal 1873 Trapdoor Trowel Bayonet & Scabbard
his is an unmarked Trowel Bayonet for the Model 1873 Trapdoor rifle in a US marked, brass tipped, Watervliet Arsenal marked leather scabbard. The bayonet is in near excellent condition with the blade mostly arsenal bright with scattered patches of dark carbon staining, light scratches and use marks with most of the original blue on the socket fading to plum with scattered freckling. The leather scabbard is very good with surface crazing and use marks and scratches with a nice arsenal and US markings. These were a short lived, experimental bayonet and this is a very nice example.
Manufacturer: U.S. Military