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G'Day All,
I am a new member to the forum and I an seeking assistance.
My name is Phil and I have been handed this item by its owner to help identify it and how it came to be like it is.
I am in the small regional town of Young, NSW, Australia.
From my research it appears to be a Kropatschek Mle 1878 Marine bayonet that has had another bayonet blade of the same rifle added to the barrel hole to create a field use utensil. (See attached photos)
Being retire Australian military, I am very interested in the history of this item. Another retired RAR friend believes that it has been created to be a tongs for some purpose.
I would appreciate any comments/input as to how this may have come to be done.

 

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Hello Bluespectre!

Welcome to Gunboards!

Examples like this show up from time-to-time that were commercially produced with obsolete bayonets to be used in fireplaces.

Interesting find!

Warmest regards,

JPS
 

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From my research it appears to be a Kropatschek Mle 1878 Marine bayonet
It's not a French 1878 Kropatschek Marine bayonet but a French 1874 Gras bayonet.

The 1878 has a straight hilt back - the 1874 has a raised pommel section. Otherwise both bayonet has a similar appearance with T-back blade, wooden grip scales, muzzlering and quillon crossguard, brass pommel
 
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