Spencer Navy Rifle Sword Bayonet Question

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I recently acquired a Spencer Navy Rifle (which I will feature in a separate thread). Accompaning the rifle is this S&K sword bayonet, which is described as "Type No. II" in The American Bayonet 1776-1964 (p. 124). Type No. I is the more familiar Ames bayonet. However, I am most familiar with the Collins sword bayonet, which is what is typically seen as surviving examples of Spencer Navy bayonets. But Collins is not mentioned with these others. So exactly how many manufacturers produced a sword bayonet for the Spencer Navy? With only 709 or so manufactured with the bayonet lug attachment for the sword type bayonet, I would have thought one contracted maker would have been sufficient. Asking those that know much more than myself. @Package4 @ucvrelics @Jobe Holiday
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Me too! According to that reference book, there apparently are more...?
I would like to see the lug on your Spencer as the only bayonet I have seen on a complete Spencer Navy rifle was a Collins. The other just don't fit and lock. Does the S&K fit your Spencer and lock?
 
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I would like to see the lug on your Spencer as the only bayonet I have seen on a complete Spencer Navy rifle was a Collins. The other just don't fit and lock. Does the S&K fit your Spencer and lock?
Here you go. No, the S&K does not fit. I was advised by the seller that it needed to be taken to a professional to be fitted.
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I was skeptical about the S&K bayonet until I was shown the information in The American Bayonet. But correct or not, one of the conditions of acquiring the Spencer was I had to acquire the bayonet as well. As I had spent several years attempting to purchase it from the seller, I was not going to argue.
 
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Next question, the Collins bayonet made for the Spencer, were they interchangeable, or each hand fitted the same way they were designed for the "Plymouth" Navy Rifled Musket?
 
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