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Title 8mm Lebel rifle bayonet, 1916 model
Nationality French
Period 1916-18
Sold
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This was the second model for the Lebel rifle, being simpler to make, without the quillon, mirroring British practice with the SMLE bayonet of the same era. The shape of the press stud and receiver were also simplified. Famously, this would have been carried throughout the defence of Verdun, illustrated in photos and artwork of the time.

This has a good blade, still nice and straight. The scabbard and hilt are a little on the rough side, but the press stud still works properly. The early models, pre-1916, normally had white metal hilts. Later examples had bronze and steel ones as well.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Edged Weapons : Bayonets : French : 20th Century]

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[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Just a quick line to advise that the badges have arrived in good condition and I am very pleased with them.

Thanks again for your prompt and kind attention.

P M, Australia, 03.10.2012

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