C009590 U.S. MODEL 1917 BOLO KNIFE.

BACKGROUND: The original Army bolo knives were issued to medical corpsman for use in clearing brush and to cut limbs and small trees to be used for shelter poles or litters. Produced from 1897 through 1918, in varying designs, they were used well into WW2.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A First War era bolo knife in its original scabbard. Age-darkened wooden grips are riveted to either side of the hilt, whose shape is molded to accommodate the contours of the fingers. The blackened metal double cross guard has a circular perforation to one side. The 26cm long blackened blade is 3.5cm wide at the ricasso and widens to 5cm before narrowing to the point. "U.S. Mod. 1917" is stamped to one side of the ricasso, "Plumb St. Louis 19??" to the other. Blade is in nice shape showing normal period sharpening. The rawhide reinforced wood scabbard with is 29cm long and 7.5cm across at the brass capped throat, narrowing to a point at the base. It is totally covered in a khaki-colored canvas, with the base covered in brown leather 10cm up from its point. A khaki canvas loop is sewn to the reverse near the throat, with an alloy belt hook fed through it. Stamped to the reverse of the leather base is the makers mark "A-K-Co 1918". All of the stitching to the scabbard covering is intact.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $455.00

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