Original U.S. WWI M1917 Enfield Rifle Bayonet by Winchester with Scabbard - dated 1917
Original items: Only One Available. This is a great example of the rare and hard to find U.S. M1917 Enfield bayonet, in very good condition. It comes complete with it's original issue leather scabbard, which is also in very good condition.
The M1917 bayonet was originally designed to be used with the US M1917 Enfield .30 caliber rifle, as well as with the seven different U.S. trench shotguns. The blade is 17 inches (43.18 cm) long. The M1917 Enfield was the U.S. Version of the British P-14 rifle, and the bayonets used are identical, down to the double groove in the grips, used to differentiate the bayonets from the P-1907 for the SMLE rifle.
This bayonet is in excellent condition, and is marked on the blade ricasso with date 1917 over the W in a circle manufacturer's mark, for Winchester. The reverse ricasso is marked with the ordnance "Flaming Bomb" over U.S., next to a faint Eagle proof mark. The blade is great, with the original arsenal sharpening, and a great faded phosphate finish, with no damage or rust pitting. The bluing on the hilt and ricasso is also in good shape, with the expected wear of age. The grip scales do show some wear and light chipping, but nothing major.
The scabbard is also in good shape, though it was entirely painted over with O.D. green paint, which was done when the paint on the leather faded. We've seen quite a number of these scabbards in the same condition, which is somewhat standard.
A great chance to pick up a great condition rare bayonet with scabbard. Ready to display!
More on the M1917 Bayonet
The M1917 bayonet was used first during World War I by American soldiers on the Western Front. A sword bayonet design, the M1917 bayonet design was based on the British P1907 bayonet, which incorporated a long 17-inch blade. While designed primarily for the M1917 rifle the bayonet was fitted for use on all the "trench" shotguns at the time.
The M1917 was used frequently during the several different Banana Wars.
The U.S. continued to use the Word War I-made M1917 bayonets during World War II because of large stockpiles left over. The new Trench Guns being procured and issued were still designed to use the old M1917 bayonet.
The bayonet was again called on during the Korean War for issue with the various Trench guns still in service.
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