A FINE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD AMERICAN BLACKSMITH MADE “COS” MUSKET BAYONET, ca. 1770s: In overall very good+ untouched condition. Tapered, blacksmith made, somewhat crudely forged, narrow, flat, triangular, 13 1/2″ x ¾”, unmarked blade of classic Hand forged craftsmanship and form. Wrought-forged, open ring, Applied-type socket (for a top-lug-mounted bayonet-lug) with a “Z” shaped lug-slot. Deeply toned, brown, steel surfaces and a crude lap-seam, on its top (minor lamination). Retains untouched, smooth, brown-gray, steel surfaces with some scattered light discoloration/fine pitting. In overall very good+ untouched condition with generally sharp contours and a fine point. A nice example of an American Blacksmith made Revolutionary War Period American “COS” Musket Bayonet, ca. 1770s. Recently discovered in an old Maine home. Overall length, 17 1/8″.
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