M1866 Chassepot Bayonet and scabbard : Brigadier General R L Leane
|Title||M1866 Chassepot Bayonet and scabbard : Brigadier General R L Leane|
|Object type||Edged Weapon or Club|
|Maker||St- Etienne Imperial Arsenal (Maker)|
M1866 Chassepot bayonet and brass hilt with a leaf spring secured by a rivet. Stamped on the left side of the cross guard are the numbers '31231', and on the quillon the letter 'B' with another undistinguishable stamp. The riccaso on the right hand side has a 'B' and either an '8' or 'G' with a star above it. There is writing scratched onto the left hand side of the double curved yataghan blade just past the riccaso, which appears to read 'Duella Duella'. Thee back of the blade is engraved 'Impériale de Saint Étienne Arsenal 1867'. The scabbard is black painted metal and has a hanger on the right hand side with a rounded drag.
Raymond Lionel Leane was a member of one of Australia's most well-known military families and served with distinction in the First World War. He was born on 12 July 1878 at Prospect, South Australia. After school, Leane's work took him to Western Australia, where he was commissioned in the 11th (Perth Rifles) Infantry Regiment in 1905. Three years previously, while employed as a commercial traveller, he had married Edith Laybourne. In 1908 he began a successful career as a merchant in Kalgoorlie; he also returned to soldiering with the Goldfields Infantry Regiment, in which he was promoted to captain in 1910.