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Title US machine gunners Bolo knife, 1917 model
Nationality American
Period 1918

This is the Bolo knife designed more as a tool than a combat weapon for the 'Doughboy' (slang name for US GIs in WW1) machine gunners in France. There is a maker's mark on the base of the blade, which appears to be double stamped, possibly Plumb. There is a scabbard maker's mark on the leather chape - something like Grauer 1918.

All the ironwork, including the blade, was refinished (blackened) in WW2 for use in the Philippines. The wood liners of the scabbard are now missing. Despite this, this is a scarce and desirable knife.

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

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : American : 20th Century]


Many thanks, the bayonet arrived safely, I am very pleased, thanks

T A, UK, 16.05.2015

Having received the beautiful medal that has been the subject of many recent phone calls, I am absolutely delighted with it. More importantly, the research you provided into the military backgrounds of all those involved made it all the more poignant. Thank you for your highly professional and friendly help and advice throughout the transaction.

Edward Hudson, UK, 10.02.2011