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MODEL 1889 KNIFE/BAYONET. Maker, HVV over KOBHVN.   #384

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MODEL 1889 KNIFE/BAYONET. Maker, HVV over KOBHVN. Knife is 14 3/8" with scabbard and features a nickel plated 9" single fullered bayonet style blade with a short false trailing edge. Hilt and blade are one piece steel. All grips were originally leather. In 1892 most grips were replaced with smooth wood plates. This dagger has wood plates. Scabbard is leather with steel upper and lower scabbard fittings. Note the locking mechanism on the scabbard mouth. The reverse crossguard is stamped with the Crown military acceptance mark. There is a 62697 stamp on the obverse upper grip 34B48. This marking has been lined out. In English the knife was originally issued to the 34th Battalion of the 48th infantry. The later mark on the obverse upper grip of 23B650 Is the Unit the knife was transferred to.