American Model 1917 Knuckleduster Dagger and Scabbard

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Aisne
Accession Number RELAWM03754
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club
Physical description Steel; Wood; Leather
Place made United States of America
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

American Model 1917 Knuckleduster Dagger and Scabbard. The hilt has a pressed steel knuckle guard with six studs in the shape of a pyramid and a wooden grip that has four finger grooves. The crossguard is stamped US LF&Co over 1917. The triangular blade is blued and unmarked. Carved into the right side grip is P.C.ANDERSON. The green leather scabbard has a blackened chape and a locket with a double hook clip to attach it to the US webbing equipment. It is marked HF on the throat

History / Summary

This dagger was carried by an American soldier killed in a tank near Bonny in October 1918 during the breaking of the Hindenburg Line and brought back to Australia by Major General Gellibrand, 3rd Australian Division.