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Italian M1870 Officially Shortened Vetterli Bayonet
Italian Vetterli M1870 officially shortened bayonet. With the outbreak of WW1 the Italian forces had to cut down earlier issued bayonets to meet the demand for the Carcano rifles and carbines. These shortened bayonets were used throughout WW1 and into WW2. This is a very nice example with the benefit of the quillion not having been removed when the blade was shortened, the blade is 11 inches long, cruciform in shape, ricasso marked with 'RS' and possibly a 'C' or 'D', the crossguard is stamped 'M3035' and a 'CN' on the reverse, the pommel is marked 'B6', the bayonet's flat spring and release button work properly and the grips are in excellent toned condition. Sadly no scabbard, however, still a very nice example of the bayonet which is difficult to find especially still retaining the quillion.

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