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WW1 & WW2 M1886 French Lebel Epee Bayonet & Scabbard – Pre 1893 Production

WW1 & WW2 M1886 French Lebel Epee Bayonet & Scabbard – Pre 1893 Production

$275.00
Product code: 54

Availability: SOLD

Quick Overview:

AN EARLY FRENCH LEBEL BAYONET (MODEL 1886) AND SCABBARD WITH HOOKED QUILLON PRODUCED BY MANUFACTURE D'ARMES DE TULLE MANUFACTURED BEFORE 1893.  This French bayonet used between 1886 and 1893 is in very good original condition and is the variation with a full length blade, hooked quillon, fixed silver alloy hilt and rare early circular press button release catch (after 1893 the shape of the release catch press button changed from circular to rectangular). This particular 'Rosalie',as these bayonets were affectionately called by the French Infantry, was produced by 'Manufacture d'Armes de Tulle' utilising a matching Tulle manufactured cruciform blade, a highly regarded and sought after maker.  Both bayonet and scabbard are in good condition (see pictures).

Details

AN EARLY FRENCH LEBEL BAYONET (MODEL 1886) AND SCABBARD WITH HOOKED QUILLON PRODUCED BY MANUFACTURE D'ARMES DE TULLE BEFORE 1893.  This French bayonet used between 1886 and 1893 is in very good original condition and is the variation with a full length blade, hooked quillon, fixed silver alloy hilt and rare early circular press button release catch (after 1893 the shape of the release catch press button changed from circular to rectangular). This particular 'Rosalie',as these bayonets were affectionately called by the French Infantry, was produced by 'Manufacture d'Armes de Tulle' utilising a matching Tulle manufactured cruciform blade, a highly regarded and sought after maker.  Both bayonet and scabbard are in good condition (see pictures).

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. Early versions, like this one, were equipped with a hooked quillon which 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 the rarer 'originally hooked' versions with a white metal alloy grip. An outstanding photograph of French Poilu with a Roselie fitted to his rifle is attached to this listing for reference.

The markings are clearly visible, with the 'Manufacture d'Armes de Tulle ‘H’' makers stamp and the number 28308 on the quillon.  The 20.5 inch cruciform blade is in very good condition, and is marked with the Tulle prefix letter 'Oval A & Oval D' which indicates that the blade was manufactured by same company that produced the hilt.  The grip, which has an excellent patination on the the muzzle ring and quillon, has a single acceptance mark on the flattened finial ball.  The originally blued steel scabbard, which is also in very good used condition, is 'Manufacture d'Armes de Tulle ‘H’' stamped and numbered 30739 (see picture). 

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

Type: Manufacture d'Armes de Tulle M1886
Overall Length: 635.0 mm
Blade Length:  515.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  13.0 mm
Scabbard: Steel with a strap fixing, numbered and stamped.
Overall Length of Scabbard:  535.0 mm 

This is a very good example of an early Lebel, the seminal French bayonet of the First World War; You will not find a better example anywhere.

 

 

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.3000
Country of Origin French
Pattern Mle.1886
Bayonet Type Misc.
Maker Manufacture d'Armes de Tulle
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1886
Overall Length (mm) 635
Blade Length (mm) 515
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 13
Scabbard Mle.1886
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 535
Frog No