British Pattern 1856 Enfield Saber Bayonet

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Popularized by the French military in the mid-19th century, curved “Yataghan” saber bayonets such as this British model were modeled on the Turkish Yataghan saber. The distinct recurved blade allowed for a powerful chop when used as a short sword in-hand while also preserving its thrusting ability when affixed to the matching 1856 Enfield Short Rifle and allowed for far easier muzzle-loading. This model was issued to both Union and Confederate sharpshooters and Zouave units.

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This example was excavated from the Chancellorsville battlefield around 1970.

(Gift of Colonel Jon D. Theus)


British Model 1856 Saber Bayonet C - Copy