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Modified for use on a cadet musket or possibly as a movie prop, by shortening the socket length to 1.875 in. (48 mm.). Mounts perfectly to my .577 Caliber Enfield Rifle-Musket.

Similar examples turn up periodically, so were modified in quantity. However, it is not known who altered them (Bannerman, one of the movie houses, or ?).

18.00 357 20.125 511 .770 19.6 Ricasso: "US" over "S"
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The socket has been split to adapt the socket to different diameter rifle barrels. Approximately 1/8" has been removed from the socket rear, shortening the socket length from 3 in. (76 mm.) to 2.875 in. (73 mm.).

The "MGM" property marking indicates that this example came from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios prop department, the contents of which were sold off in 1969-70.

18.00 357 20.875 530 Variable Ricasso: "U.S."

Socket: "MGM"

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French M1874 Pair of French M1874 bayonets used by Fox Studio as movie props.

These were obtained from an individual who purchased them, together, from a Los Angeles surplus store during the 1980s. While only one is marked "Fox Studio", both exhibit the same silver paint on the hilts and wear pattern to both the painted surfaces, wood grips, and the blades (which have been burnished from many years of use).

Like MGM, Fox Studio downsized and eventually outsourced their prop department in order to create additional filming studios on their existing property (which could not be expanded).

20.50 521 25.25 641 .700 17.8 Blade (spine): ""Mre. d'Armes de St. Etienne, Xbre 1876"

Ricasso (right): "S-diamond" inspection mark.

Crosspiece (left): "51275" and "C-diamond" inspection mark.

Pommel (left): "Fox Studio"

Thumbnail image of Fox Studios French M1874 movie prop bayonet.Thumbnail image of Fox Studios French M1874 movie prop bayonet.Thumbnail image of Fox Studios French M1874 movie prop bayonet.Thumbnail image of Fox Studios French M1874 movie prop bayonet. 20.625 524 25.375 645 .700 17.8 Blade (spine): ""Mre. d'Armes de St. Etienne, Xbre 1880"

Ricasso (right): "S-diamond" and "Circle-M" inspection marks.

Crosspiece (left): "?8653" and "M-diamond" "Circle-R" and "Oval-T" inspection marks.

Crosspiece (front): "55" (or 33) "11 8" "Oval-2" and script letter

Scabbard: "?? 1360"

Thumbnail image of German M1884/98 Movie Prop BayonetThumbnail image of German M1884/98 Movie Prop BayonetThumbnail image of German M1884/98 Movie Prop Bayonet German M1884/98 III Cast aluminum facsimile of a German M1884/98 Third Pattern bayonet for use as a movie prop.

This cast-aluminum movie prop bayonet is of the type used in elaborate Second World War feature films such as The Longest Day and Stalingrad.

The bayonet and scabbard are a one-piece casting, painted to resemble a German M1884/98 Third Pattern bayonet used with the 8 mm. Mauser Kar 98k rifle.

n/a 15.50 394 n/a None.
             
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