Rare Remington Model 1917
Bayonet With British Marks Crossed Out and US Added
This example also retains its original Remington Scabbard as well.
The Model 1917 is a US Rifle and Bayonet dictated by the
necessities of war. England had been working on a rifle to replace the
Lee-Enfield, and had adopted a totally new design in .276 caliber as the
Pattern 1913. Production had not begun when they entered World War One
in 1914, and the rifle was redesigned to chamber the then standard .303
cartridge then re-designated the Pattern 1914. It was evident that to
switch production in any of the existing rifle plants to the new design
would be impossible as it would interfere with production of the SMLE
which was in critically short supply. The decision was made to contract
production of the new rifle in the USA, and contracts were given to Remington,
Winchester, and a new company formed as Remington Arms of Delaware (which
produced the rifle at Eddystone, PA).
The Model 1917 Bayonet continued to be finished as the British version had been. According to British specifications
The first bayonets produced by Remington on the US contract in September 1917 used the standard British marks as shown above. These then had the British proofs marked out and the US marking added as shown above. Why the British proof was used is not known as the British inspectors were no longer at the plant. A very few dated 10 17 have also been noted. Some of the 9 17 and 10 17 marked bayonets do not have the British proofs on the ricasso, but instead have the standard US marks of the Ordnance Shell and Flame, US, and a stylized eagle head with number underneath.
The Ordnance Department adopted the eagle head over number mark in 1917 so that the individual inspectors could be made responsible for their work.
It may also be noted that this Remington specimens has the typical British X mark.
This example is from a large qty we have just
acquired, they had to be degreased to remove 70 years plus of storage
Swords, Bayonets & Knives
Are Only Sold To Adults Over 18.
|Lee Enfield Patt. 1907 Bayonet|