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Title Lee Navy rifle bayonet
Nationality American
Period c 1900
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9 out of 12 of these bayonets have 'WASHINGTON / NAVAL YARD' burnt into the wooden grip in an oval border around 'US ORD. DEPT.' (rather worn and not all visible). However, no brand on this one, though it is clearly the same bayonet and was bought in the same batch.

The Washington Naval Yard was the largest US Navy ordnance store department in the US and was located in Virginia.

These bayonets were probably either captured Mexican pieces from the border wars in the early 20th century or were custom built by Remington for the US Navy. This is a modified form of the Mexican issue, inasmuch as it has a US-style steel belt hook where the Mexican originals had a leather one. I have never seen examples of this bayonet (in the US issue format) before in 40 years of collecting and dealing. They may well have been made for the Lee bolt action rifle, which the navy bought in limited quantities, c 1900.

The blade of one of this lot of bayonets (12 in all) was marked on one side, 'REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILION N.Y.'; and on the other, 'BANNERMAN ISLAND N.Y.'

The condition is consonant with its age and use; typically some blueing remaining to the top mount of the scabbard and the belt hook.

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


[Edged Weapons : Bayonets : American : 19th 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

Dear Chris, truncheon arrived safe and sound yesterday... what a beauty! I look forward to our next transaction.

C C, Australia, 18.09.2012

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