Rare French Model 1777 and Year 9 Musketoon Socket Bayonet
- Product Code: EWB-2537-SOLD
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This is a scarce example of the longest of the French socket bayonets to have ever been adopted by that country’s military, the Model 1777 / AX IX (Year 9) Musketoon Bayonet. The bayonet was for all practical purposes a longer bladed version of the M1777 / AN IX musket bayonet. This variant had a 20 ¼” long triangular blade, substantially longer than nominally the 15 1/3” long blade of the musket bayonet. The bayonet in all other ways was identical to the AN IX Musket Socket Bayonet. The 2 5/8” socket was mortised for a bottom lug and had a nominally .845” bore diameter. Only about 22,000 M1777 and corrected to AN IX musketoons were produced, so the bayonet is relatively scarce.
This Model 1777 / AX IX Musketoon Bayonet is in about VERY GOOD condition. The bayonet has been cleaned and has a dull silvery patina over most of the metal. The metal shows evenly distributed pinpricking and light pitting with the socket and locking ring showing some more moderate pitting. The socket shows a couple of very minor, hairline cracks that are quite solid and very short. The original locking ring is in place, but the tension screw for the ring is a modern replacement. The bayonet has an illegible mark at the ricasso and is numbered 27 on the reverse of the long shank. The rear edge of the socket is marked with a deeply struck R. The blade is 20 ¼” long, measured to the face of the neck, has a 2 5/8” socket, a .846” bore diameter and a nominally 1” muzzle to stud distance.
Overall, this is a solid example of a fairly scarce Napoleonic Era bayonet for the M1777 and Corrected AN IX flintlock musketoon.