12.25" spear point single edge blade with a 6" false edge. Obverse ricasso dated " 1861. " and the reverse maker marked " AMES MFc Co / CHICOPEE. / MASS. " The hilt is of heavy brass with an "S" shaped crossguard with disc finials and a muzzle ring, thick backstrap and flat pommel with the lug mortise cut the full length, and a steel lug lock spring with rounded head retaining screw. The walnut grip is cut with four finger grooves and held by three brass pins along the bottom edge. The pommel is not stamped with the inspector's cartouche which is correct for this early type 1 variant. Complete with a black leather scabbard with brass throat with stud and drag, each held by four brass pins. Also attached is the original leather belt frog, rarely found with the bayonet.
Very good. Blade has a smooth, even light gray finish and a little dried grease. Hilt metal uncleaned with spots of brown age toning and a little verdigris where it has contacted the leather frog. Wood grip has a few hairline cracks. Scabbard and frog have very light age crazing, a corner of the reverse of the frog's belt loop has broken off and is lacking.