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Named WWI 1917 Trench Knife by L.F. & C.
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An excellent example of the Model 1917 Trench Knife manufactured by the firm of Landers, Fray & Clark. The triangular blade has approximately 90% of the original blued finish intact. The ricasso is marked "U.S.", dated 1917, and manufacturer marked "L.F. & C.". The "knuckle duster" hand guard shows typical wear to the finish. The wood grip had scratched into one side "S. Moore" and, on the other side, "S. Moore France". Clearly soldier Moore did not want to risk anyone walking off with his trench knife. The wood grip has one noticeable indentation on one side, about 3/8 of an inch long, but the grip is without cracks or chips. The green leather scabbard shows the expected signs of carrying wear, but the finish remains largely intact and the scabbard is complete and sound. Both the upper and lower fittings bear the "M.S." manufacturer mark, and the leather is stamped "Jewel 1918". Overall the piece is an excellent example of the Model 1917 fighting knife, with the added aspect of personalization by the doughboy who carried it in France.