Yes, Thank you.
I searched "American Yataghan" and found a website that shows an exact photo describing it as c.1865
A Selection of Yataghan Bayonets
Top: American yataghan c.1865
Middle: British P1856 Artillery bayonet
Bottom: French M1842 bayonet
Mine is EXACTLY like the top Bayonet.
Now, my next question is: Is there anything I can do to help restore the blade and Brass handle without effecting its worth? OR, Should I leave it alone?
If there is something I can do such as sanding, steel wool, etc. what is the process and how should I proceed.
I have attached 2 photos to try and show the condition of the blade and handle.
Thanks to all that have responded to this point. Identifying it was a huge step!!
I look forward to additional comments on restoration.