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Military Collectables - The difference between WW2 & WW1 Bayonets

We just happened to get two bayonets into the store at one time. The difference between the two to figure out the age is a simple one in this case. Not only do the markings on the blade identify these but the scabbards are the dead give away. The first example up there from Toledo came in a leather and metal sheath. The second, which is a Japanese model, came in a sold metal sheath. It’s a usual thing for weaponry through the antique market. The older it is usually the more basic the sheath. Leather was primarily used in the European fronts before 1920's and Wood was used for sheathing in the Asian Fronts. There are always exceptions to the rule, for example, the sheath of a noble or commander in high rank might have a metal sheath but it was a rarity as metal was in short supply and was used for more important things like blades.
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