BRONZE EAGLE-HEADED TRENCH KNIFE SPIKE
Presented is a very interesting, and
very rare, eagle pommel trench knife with bronze hilt. The blade is a four edged grooved spike which may have come
from a bayonet. However, it was cast into the handle at the time of making. The knife has an overall length of 16 inches and
a weight of 1 lb 12 oz. The blade and hilt show evidence that at one time they had been blackened for combat likely in
WW II, but much of this has been worn or polished away. Where exposed the hilt has a patina of age. There are no marks
present, and there is no scabbard.
Trench knives are either purpose-made weapons, or are made from cut-down (shortened) bayonets
or swords. They are intended for close-quarter fighting with the original designs originating in the trench warfare of the
First World War.
Hilt 5" L x 2 1/2" W x 3/4"
T Weight 1
lbs 12 oz
Blade 11" L x 1" W x 1/2" T
Four edge bayonet type spike blade
HISTORY OF EAGLE POMMELS: At the earliest days of our republic,
at the turn of the 19th century, the eagle's head in a style that was typically American in character first began to
be used as the pommel of sword hilts intended for the military. In the United States National Museum at Washington
is an unusually interesting officer's saber, undoubtedly of French manufacture, having an eagle head pommel and blade decorated
with spread eagle, E Pluribus Unum motto, and the date 1783. This is without question one of the first swords to be so designed
and inscribed. Once the vogue for the eagle head pommel was established, it remained in popularity in the Army
for half a century. In the naval service it was much shorter lived, probably from about 1832 into the 1840's. That said, we
have no idea of the significance of the eagle pommel on this knife, its age or country of origin.
FOR SALE IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY. THIS KNIFE IS SOLD AS A COLLECTABLE FOR DISPLAY ONLY AND THE OFFER IS VOID
IN STATES PROHIBITED BY LAW. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILTY OF THE BUYER TO KNOW THE LAWS OF THEIR STATE.
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your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items
must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Unfortunately, shipping
charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless due to our error.
is an exceptional fighting knife. Consequently it
should appeal to the most sophisticated collector who desires the best quality.
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