Known affectionately as “Rosalie” to French troops, the M1886 was the French mainstay during WWI and many were still in service at the Fall of France in 1940. The Lebel also saw extensive use worldwide by native troops in the French colonies.
The M1886 introduced the distinctive cruciform blade, which remained a feature of most French bayonets until 1956.
Our example comes with its scabbard and the guard is stamped with ‘H 97029’ and ‘M’ and ‘P’ inside circles.
The scabbard is stamped ‘97029’ and ‘K’ and ‘L’. A rare matching serial numbers example.
This is an early example that escaped later modifications, retaining its long blade, quillion, and raised round press stud. The silver-alloy grip is removable.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade is 52 cm (20 ½ inches) long and the overall length of the piece in its scabbard is 65 cm (25 ½ inches).
~ Condition ~
The piece is in good condition, as seen in the pictures.
There are minor spots of paint on the grip and some surface rust on the scabbard