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Title Lebel bayonet, model 1886
Nationality French
Period c 1886-1914
Price £120.00
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The Lebel rifle was the first modern service rifle to use a nitro cartridge; all the others of the period still operated with black powder. This classic bayonet would have seen action throughout the French Empire at the end of the 19th century and, of course, in WW1.

They were used famously by the Soviet women's regiments in the defence of Moscow in 1941/42, shown in a celebrated photograph of the period.

The hilt is made of solid white brass and the blade is peened through at the pommel. Like all French equipment, it is beautifully made. However, this example has a small fracture in the base of the hilt (some 15mm), along with a small crack which extends from the centre channel of the back of the hilt forwards 5mm towards the front of the grip.

The scabbard and hilt numbers are mis-matching. The blade is in splendid condition, with a little bit of old stain patina down at the point. The arsenal marks are clear throughout.

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[Edged Weapons : Bayonets : French : 19th Century]

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...the sword arrived safely today... My son, who shares my interest in antique edged weapons and for whom I bought the sword, is delighted.

G A, France, 24.01.2007

You worked your magic again. The knife arrived this afternoon without any problem. [My husband] is quite delighted with it.

J J, Canada, 07.11.2006

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