~ Mle 1886/16 Lebel Epee Bayonet with Brass Grip ~
This is the bayonet of the famous model 1886 M.93 'Lebel', cal. 8x50R rifle, the world's first smokeless powder military rifle.
There were few versions of the bayonet used on this rifle. The first pattern had the hook quillion, which was often cut by the troops.
This is the third pattern which has no quillion and the German silver grip replaced with a brass one. The lock is stamped "13357".
The bayonet comes in a original metal scabbard stamped with the serial number “95018”, few proof marks, number “70” and the maker’s initials which are unfortunately worn.
The blade is stamped with the maker’s initials “M.P.”
The guard is stamped with serial number “CS13357”.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade length is 20.5 inches (52 cm) and the overall length of the bayonet is 25 inches (63 cm).
The length of the bayonet in its scabbard is 25.7 inches (65 cm).
~ Condition ~
This is a fine example of a well preserved WW1 French bayonet. The blade is immaculate.
It's sprung muzzle ring catch with knurled button works perfectly.
The brass grip has minimum signs of wear.
The scabbard has age wear and developed some pitting.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or the bayonet can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.