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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.

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

testimonials

The bayonet arrived yesterday in good order. Fits my musket perfectly. Quite pleased, and many thanks for a very satisfactory transaction.

L K, USA, 01.06.2016

I am wholly delighted with the shako plate. [It] is a wee cracker. It is a real pleasure to have something combining both condition and quality in equal parts, and I simply could not be more pleased.

R H, UK, 08.01.2010

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