Navel bayonet and scabbard

Navel bayonet and scabbard
Title
Navel bayonet and scabbard
Date 
1862
Medium 
Steel, brass, walnut, leather
Dimensions 
Overall: 17 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 43.8 x 12.1 x 3.2 cm )
Description 
Knife bayonet with straight, single-edged steel blade with clipped point; brass guard with disk finials, backstrap with full-length channel, and flat pommel cast in one piece; walnut grip with carved finger grooves; leather scabbard with brass throat with circular frog stud and brass tip.
Credit Line 
Gift of Miss Louise S. Cox
Object Number 
1962.80ab
Marks 
stamped: on ricasso, obverse of blade: "U.S.N. / DR / 1862" stamped: on ricasso, reverse of blade: "AMES MFG Co / CHICO . . ."
Gallery Label 
The knife pattern bayonet, introduced by U.S. Navy Admiral John A. Dahlgren in 1861, "brought forth an entirely new concept in American bayonet design," according to A. N. Hardin, Jr. ("The American Bayonet, 1776-194," p. 150). This specimen, manufactured in 1862, represents a variation of the 1861 model.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group