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Model 1842 Socket Bayonet and Pattern 1855 Bayonet Scabbard. Model 1842 Socket Bayonet for the .69 caliber musket: Triangular shaped 18" blade with "U.S." stamped near the shoulder of the blade; 1 1/2" shank elbow joins the blade to the 2 5/8" socket which has a transverse locking slot with locking clasp and screw; mounting slot closure bridge at base. Manufactured between 1842-1854. Pattern 1855 Bayonet Scabbard: leather scabbard made from a single piece with a seem along the length; brass tip with brass finial rivetted to end; two piece leather frog with eight rivet construction; makers stamp of "E. METZGER/PHIL" (E. Metzger of Philadelphia, PA contracted for 2,000 sets of equipment in July 1864 to be delivered to Frankford Arsenal) and inspector's stamp of "H. H. HARTZELL/U.S./ORD DEPT/SUB INSPECTOR". Part of an assemblage put together by Frank Winkler and probably used after the Civil War for veterans parades. Franz "Frank" Joseph Winkler was born on December 28, 1841 in Lindwiese, Germany. He enlisted in Company E, 9th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry on October 25, 1861 at Stockbridge, Wisconsin. He mustered out on November 25, 1864 at the expiration of his term of service. He died December 24, 1926 in Chilton, WI.
Bayonet, Triangular -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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