Original U.S. WWI Model 1917 Bolo Knife with Canvas Scabbard by Plumb - Dated 1918
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a Model 1917 C.T. Bolo manufactured by Fayette R. Plumb Inc, whose factory was in the Bridesburg region of Philadelphia, PA. They had another factory, just constructed, in St. Louis as well, and 1917 bolos were produced in both.
This model was a moderate simplification of the earlier 1910 Bolo made by Springfield Armory. The main difference is the lack of the catch mechanism on the scabbard and grip. It was manufactured by contractors such as Plumb and A.C. Co. The blade ricasso is nicely marked:
The reverse is marked:
Blade and ricasso still show most of the original black finish, and is in excellent condition. There is a bit of a brass hue on the surface due to the brass runners in the scabbard. There is also just a bit of post manufacturer sharpening on the front bottom edge. The main edge of many 1917s, such as this one, is mostly ground from one side, while the other side was left flat. The edge on the tips and near the ricasso are ground from both sides.
The grip is in very good condition, with no major cracks or dents, and still has a good portion of the original texture.
The leather tip of the canvas scabbard sleeve is deeply marked:
Scabbard is in very good condition, with no real issues with the canvas or leather portions. The wood grips totally original and chip/crack free, just excellent. Overall Very Fine, and a great chance to add to any military knife collection.
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