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Object Name Scabbard, Bayonet
Catalog Number 0985.10.00270a
Date 1881
Description Scabbard: Metal sword bayonet scabbard marked a serial number of "5227." For sword bayonet (.270).
Provenance Unknown. The sword and scabbard were made postwar (1881) in Germany.

According to ordnance consultant Andre Jandot, this is a French Gras bayonet made at either Saint Etienne or at Chatebrault after 1874 and until 1886. It is called a Model 1874. The identification is based on markings on the back of the blade. Eventually, this bayonet was sold to the Austrian arms factory of Steyr, the original markings ground off and remarked with the current markings.