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Title Lebel bayonet, 1916 model
Nationality French
Period c 1916-40
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This is the second model, without the quillon of the first pattern and with a simplified locking button. The rifle was introduced in 1886, the first nitro-celulose military rifle in Europe, never mind France. It saw extensive service in Indo-China, Africa and both world wars.

The blade measures nearly 20.5". There is a light grey patina to this and a slightly darker finish to the hilt iron. The hilt is bronze, with some minor bruising on the reverse. Sadly, there is no scabbard.

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

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


Just a brief note to confirm that the sabre has been delivered today. All is as it should be. I have to say I’m impressed with the ‘custom’ packaging, obviously essential in your line of business. I have made a very quick inspection of the sword & it fully lives up to your accurate description, very pleased with the purchase.

M B, UK, 18.06.2015

Just to let you know that the kokarde [cockade] arrived today. Looks great. Definitely original.

S S, Australia, 16.08.2012