U.S. Model 1816 Socket "Replacement" Bayonet
(aka "Conversion" Bayonet)
This is a socket bayonet manufactured - or modified - from the period of 1855 to about 1861; it was intended to replace
the bayonets lost or required to meet requirements for the US Model 1816 Flintlock Muskets converted to percussion in the early 1850s. It was the last of the US Model 1816 Bayonets and
the true predecessor to the US Model 1855 series bayonets.
They are typically American in design in that they do not have a blade "shoulder." They have deep side fullers (forming a "T" in cross-section) with a top face-flute (or fuller)
that runs almost the full length of the blade (about 16-3/4"); the standard US Model 1816 has a top face flute of about 9" nominally. The blade length is ~17-3/4" with an ~1" ricasso. Blade
width at the ricasso is ~3/4".
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