Posted 6 years ago
Here are a few old Yataghan sword bayonets from my bayonet collection
1. The French M1842 model had a distinctive recurved blade, based on the North African Yataghan swords. Why the shape was chosen is open to conjecture, the shape gave a longer reach with the long blade and the curve ensured that the blade was out of the bullet trajectory, of course it may just have been a styling exercise. There is a theory that the choice of blade was the best compromise for a blade between thrusting and slashing.
2. The French M1866 Chassepot bayonet, probably the most common and well known of the Yataghan bayonets. A brass hilt with an external leaf spring. Has a large forward curved quillion. Made by several countries for use by the French, including Germany, the UK, Belgium and Holland. French blades are marked on the spine with the Arsenal that made it and the month and year of manufacture.
3. Turk M1874 Peabody bayonet, US made bayonet with leather grips held with 5 rivets, and external spring. Uses leather scabbard, These were made by the Providence Tool Company , Providence, Rhode Island for the Turkish Government.
4. Brazil M1904 with leather scabbard with brass fittings , Produced for the Brazilian Police, bayonet has wooden grips with riveted grips. This is probably the last Yataghan made, has the Brazilian Police Coat of Arms on the hilt used by the Rio De Janeiro Police in Brazil, Very rare bayonet.