Original U.S. WWI M1917 Trench Gun Bayonet by Remington with First Pattern Scabbard & Belt Loop
Original items: Only One Available. This is a very good example of the rare and hard to find U.S. M1917 Enfield bayonet, complete with its original issue first pattern leather "Maxim Patent" scabbard. It even comes with a leather belt loop attachment, that allowed the scabbard to fit on any belt, not just a pistol belt with grommets.
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 REMINGTON in a circle manufacturer's mark. The reverse ricasso is marked with the ordnance "Flaming Bomb" over U.S., next to an Eagle proof mark, for acceptance at Frankford Arsenal. The blade is in excellent condition, still sharp with no pitting or major wear we can see, though there is some dried grease on the surface. The hilt still has a nice blued finish, with a very nice pair of wood grip scales.
The scabbard is also in very good shape, with intact leather, and most of the original green paint. The leather mount on the back has faint markings, however it is a bit delicate due to wear. The belt loop attachment is in very good condition and still supple. It has not been repainted, like many we see. The original steel fittings are undamaged and retain little of their original finish. A great chance to pick up a very nice rare bayonet with scabbard. Ready to display!
Blade Length: 17"
Blade Style: Single Edge w/ Fuller
Overall length: 21 3/4“
Crossguard: 3 1/8”
Scabbard Length: 18"
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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