Richmond Arsenal Bayonet


Description and Photograph




     The October 11th edition of the Richmond Enquirer gives a description of the State Armory, soon to be the CS Richmond Armory.  Included in the description is “the Smith’s Shop.”  “It is situated at the foot of the high hill, upon which the Armory is built, and within the walls which enclose the entire area of the establishment.  The addition is not yet complete, a large force of workman being busily engaged under the direction of the foreman of this department Col. H. W. Clowe to whose services in securing the machinery from the flames at Harper’s Ferry we have already referred, in building the new tilt hammers for forging purposes, cone seating, cutting bayonet stocks, making bands, & c.  It is expected that these will all be fully completed in a few weeks and, added to the four already in operation will give nine forges and tilt hammers for the manufacture of guns.”  As fast as these tilt hammers could form blanks, the Machine and mounting shops were finishing bayonets.  The bayonet sockets were made of iron and steel tips without flutes were crudely forged onto the socket.  Though it would appear that there should be many Richmond bayonets available, a production report detailing production between October 1862 and September 1863 shows that only six hundred bayonets had been produced, at the same time 20,000 rifles and muskets were produced.  No doubt in the next year more were made, but this report gives a good idea as to why these bayonets are so rare; they were rare during the War, so how much more rare today?

     For the collector with the 100% correct Richmond Rifle Musket this would be a wonderful addition to make the weapon 100% complete as issued.

     The bayonet is perfect, the lock ring works perfectly.  I have placed it onto, and locked it to, my own Richmond’s and know it fits perfectly.





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