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Civil War Union US Navy "Dahlgren Bowie Bayonet" was a Navy Bayonet Designed by Admiral Dahlgren and made By Ames Co of Chicopee, Mass for the Navy's Plymouth/Whitneyville Model M1861 Rifle. Large Bowie Blade with Cast Brass and Wooden Grip and was produced between 1861 and 1864, this specimen is dated 1863.

Folks, this is the real deal! There are alot of fakes and reproductions have been made of this Navy Bayonet over the years, but this is one of those rare specimens as only 1800 were ever made. To help substantiate the provenance is the damage done to the rifle-bayonet locking clip which is missing, but underneath where it would have been hidden is a stamped number "36". Also the text and fonts used on the dates, inspector initials, maker marks of the Bowie Bayonet are not modern but were those used back in the mid-19th century.

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HISTORY ABOUT THE US NAVY "DAHLGREN BOWIE BAYONET" MODEL 1861 FOR THE WHITNEYVILLE/PLYMOUTH NAVAL RIFLE:

It was his contention that bayonets on the end of rifles were mostly useless and what the Navy needed was to have a large Bowie style knife that could be used for various duties. The Navy Department did not agree and would not acquiesce to his request to produce a new model knife for the Navy. So therefore he resubmitted his request but this time not for a knife but for a bayonet, which the Navy Department approved!.

These Dahlgren model bayonets are extremely rare though alot of fakes and reproductions have been made, some very good so beware. Ironically the damage done to this specimen through using it as a hammer sometime in the distant passed has helped substantiate the provenance by revealing a stamped "36" beneath where the rifle-bayonet springlock used to be. Markings:
"DR" initials found on the blade and bottom of pommel, the military inspector at the Ames plant, Daniel Reynolds whose initials will also be found on the M1861 cutlass
"USN" and "1863" found on the blade.
"Ames Mfg Co./Chicopee/Mass" found on the blade.

civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked

civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked

civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked

civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked

civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked

civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked



civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked



civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked



civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked civil war union us navy dahlgren bowie bayonet 1863, well marked



 
Civil War US Navy "Dahlgren" Bowie Bayonet for the Whitney Rifle M1861 - #3

Good to Very Good Condition of this US Navy "Dahlgren" Bowie Bayonet so-called because it was named after Admiral Dahlgren who designed this weapon. Has a great aged patina. Measurements: weighs almost two pounds! 16.5 inches overall with a very rugged 12 inch, single edge, clip point blade that is 1 5.8 inches wide! Cast brass and wooden grip with a handsome aged patina. The rifle-bayonet locking mechanism is broken and missing the locking clip, however the number 36 shows stamped into the brass below where the locking clip should have been!
Markings include: U.S.N, D.R. and 1863 on the obverse side of the blade. Ames Co, Chicopee, Mass lightly stamped on the reverse side. Inspector initials "DR" in script and stamped onto the rear of the pommel. Blade is slightly pitted with no excessive damage. Pommel as is typical has been used in the far past to pound something.
 
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ANY TEXT BELOW THIS LINE IS SOLEY FOR THE BENEFIT OF SEARCH BOTS, SPYDERS AND OTHER DENIZENS OF THE DEEP DARK SEA INTERNET These Antique Bayonets were used by the US Navy and Marine During the Civil War throughout the mid to late 19th Century and early to mid 20th Century, up until WWII. These Antique Nautical pieces of equipment were multi-purpose to repel boarders, part of landed naval militia for use below decks in the berthing spaces
Manufactured by the Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Mass they had that famous pirate look.