Turkish Peabody-Martini Socket Bayonet
Steel socket bayonet with cruciform blade, brown leather scabbard with brass throat and chape.
Continuing a long tradition of importing arms, in 1873 the Turkish military ordered 600,000 .45 calibre Peabody rifles from the Providence Tool Company of Rhode Island, USA. These rifles were a close copy of the British Martini-Henry rifle. These rifles and their bayonets (both a socket and sabre version exist) were still being used by some Turkish naval units post-1900, and they were brought out of stores and re-issued across the Turkish military during WW1 due to the shortage of arms.
The Turks had an unusual interest in American firearms during the late 19th century, becoming the first European army to deploy a repeating rifle, the Winchester M1873, in battle.
The leather of the scabbard has minor surface flaking in a few places, , but is strong with no major dents or other damage. The brass fittings have some small dents. The socket of the bayonet retains almost all of its black lacquer finish.