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CONFEDERATE
COOK & BROTHER NEW ORLEANS
YATAGAN BAYONET
ALABAMA CONTRACT
SERIAL NUMBER 1271

This is a New Orleans production Saber Bayonet for the early Cook Rifle.  It is intact with a lightly cleaned blade showing some dark discoloration but no disfiguring pitting.  The serial number on the cross guard indicates it was mounted on rifle number 1271.  Cook & Brother had a contract with the State of Alabama for 1000 rifles.  According to Howie Madaus, the serial number range for that contract was approximately serial numbers 800 to 1800.  Production on the contract was begun at the New Orleans factory, interrupted when the Union took over New Orleans and then continued and finished at the Selma Arsenal.  Most of the Alabama contract guns and accoutrements saw very hard use during the Civil War.  They is seldom encountered today.  SOLD!!