Item #: BQ3368 -- A Rare U.S Navy Practice Sword from Ames 1870 Springfield Rolling Block Bayonet with Period Iron Basket Hilt Modification -- $690.00
A U.S. Navy practice sword, constructed from an Ames 1870 Springfield rolling block rifle bayonet with period added iron basket hilt. The blade is in full original form with "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee, Mass." and "GGS inspector USN. 1870" stamped at the ricasso. The brass handle has its original scaled surface and crossed cannon and anchor pommel design.The locking spring has been removed and a riveted blackened sheet steel basket hilt added for hand protection. 62.5 cm. overall.