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WW1 & WW2 M1886/93/16 French Lebel Epee Bayonet & Scabbard - 1915–18 Production

WW1 & WW2 M1886/93/16 French Lebel Epee Bayonet & Scabbard - 1915–18 Production

$225.00
Product code: 76

Availability: SOLD

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FRENCH LEBEL BAYONET (MODEL 1886/93/16) AND SCABBARD PRODUCED BY MANUFACTURE D'ARMES DE ST ETIENNE WITH A MATCHING BLADE FROM THE SAME MANUFACTURER. This French bayonet used between 1886 and WW2 is in excellent original condition and is the variation with a full length blade, truncated quillon, non-removable brass hilt and semi-circular press button release catch. This particular 'Rosalie',as these bayonets were affectionately called by the French Infantry, was produced by 'Manufacture d'Armes de St Etienne' utilising a matching St Etienne manufacturedcruciform blade, a highly regarded and sought after maker.  Both bayonet and scabbard are in very good condition.

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FRENCH LEBEL BAYONET (MODEL 1886/93/16) AND SCABBARD PRODUCED BY MANUFACTURE D'ARMES DE ST ETIENNE WITH A MATCHING BLADE FROM THE SAME MANUFACTURER. This French bayonet used between 1886 and WW2 is in excellent original condition and is the variation with a full length blade, truncated quillon, non-removable brass hilt and semi-circular press button release catch. This particular 'Rosalie',as these bayonets were affectionately called by the French Infantry, was produced by 'Manufacture d'Armes de St Etienne' utilising a matching St Etienne manufacturedcruciform blade, a highly regarded and sought after maker.  Both bayonet and scabbard are in very good condition.

The Poilu's 'Rosalie', or the 'virgin of Bayonne' as  Rudyard Kipling called it, came into use when the French adopted the Fusil 2 Infanterie Modelle 1886 (Mann/Berthier Lebel), the famous Lebel. With modifications, this continued in use throughout both world wars as the standard infantry bayonet of the French Army. Wartime manufactured versions, like this one, were produced without the hooked quillon which equipped earlier versions.  The hooked quillon was designed to deflect an opponent’s bayonet but was found to catch on obstacles, particularly barbed wire.  As a consequence the French General Staff ordered that this feature be removed from French bayonets in 1915.  Hooked quillons were therefore removed from some early versions and all bayonets manufactured after 1915 were produced with truncated quillons. This example is one of those produced between late 1916 and mid 1918.  Attached to this listing for reference are two photographs which show the bayonet in use; the first is of French Foreign Legionnaire’s at Bir Hakim in North Africa in 1942 while the second shows a Poilu in the Argonne in 1918.

The markings are clearly visible, with the Manufacture d'Armes de St Etienne makers stamp FJ and the number 66710 on the quillon stump.  Characteristically for St Etienne manufactured blades, the 20.5 inch cruciform blade, which is in very good patinated condition, is CF marked.  The excellent blued steel scabbard is also numberedand FJ armoury marked although the number is now unreadable (see picture). 

This is a first class First World War French bayonet in excellent condition from a very well regarded maker with a good blade in excellent condition: Removable brass and steel hilt with semi-circular steel press button and internal spring, secured by a single steel screw and rivet pin with muzzle ring and truncated quillon.  Un-cut, full length cruciform steel blade with fluted runners.

Type: Manufacture d'Armes de St Etienne M1886/93/16
Overall Length: 635.0 mm
Blade Length:  515.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  13.0 mm
Scabbard: Blued steel with a strap fixing.
Overall length of scabbard:  535.0 mm

From Australia, a very good example of the seminal First War French bayonet, the Lebel 'Rosalie'; well used but with an excellent patina.  If like me you prefer the weapons in your collection to show evidence of use then this fair dinkum example is one for you. I guarantee you will not find a better example anywhere.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.1000
Country of Origin French
Pattern Lebel Mod.1886/93/16
Bayonet Type Misc.
Maker Manufacture d'Armes de St Etienne
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1916
Overall Length (mm) 635
Blade Length (mm) 515
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 13
Scabbard Mod.1886
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 535
Frog No