Confederate Potts Bayonet with Scabbard
These unique "bayonets" are believed to have been manufactured by T.A. Potts of New Orleans based on one known marked example. All other matching bayonets have no markings, this one included. This is a fine example of this rare and unique bayonet with original scabbard. The blade is bright with minor oxidation specks and measures approximately 12" in length. The leather scabbard shows signs of age and cracking throughout and is beginning to pull away at the seams on the reverse due to the drying out of the leather over time. The rosewood grip is near excellent with little wear and features circular brass attachment rings at the cross guard and pommel which have a pleasing smooth patina. There has long been discussion over what this weapon was used for given it's unique design. Seeing as how there is no cutout for the front sight of a rifle, my opinion is that these were not used as bayonets but as side knives that had the capability to be attached to a pike if needed.