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My received relics from today!!!

Article about: I received these two items from a farmer today. A nice Lebel bayonet; he received from a friend. And a nice Lee enfield from WW1; his father dug. Enjoy! Regards

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    I received these two items from a farmer today. A nice Lebel bayonet; he received from a friend. And a nice Lee enfield from WW1; his father dug.
    Enjoy!

    Regards
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    Ingrid, not a fan of relics, but on this occasion I must concede ! fine items indeed, the Enfield in particular !
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    I am a fan and love them too!
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    fantastic

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    Thanks Steve, Stuka f and michael77!!!

    The story:
    A friend of my work knows I collect militaria, on one day he said that he knows a farmer who has a nice bayonet. I contacted the farmer and I received the bayonet for free. The first thing I did was going to the store and buy a few bottles of beer (Leffe) for him. When I gave him the bottles, he was so happy that he said: "I've got something else for you.". Then he took the rifle from his attic. I asked him how much he wanted for it and he said: "you can have it.".

    As you can see on the pics the Enfield has been put back together with a few screws and copper wire, to hold it together. And the wood has been treated against moisture.
    I will make a great display with these fine items.

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    Ingrid, your other relic items are neatly stored, a womans touch I think ! this is how my wife would INSIST such items were kept, if in the house !......
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    hello nice relic enfield i like it......looks like the front band is from a earlier long lee the farmer probably put it there to hold the front wood on as a piece is missing and that band isnt meant to be there. the rear sight is also from a long lee( magazine lee enfield) i think.
    thanks for showing iv never see a relic enfield before

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    Quote by oradour View Post
    Ingrid, your other relic items are neatly stored, a womans touch I think ! this is how my wife would INSIST such items were kept, if in the house !......
    Prost ! Steve.
    Thanks Steve,
    I like relics, only the rust that comes of I don't like. Not all of my rusty items are neatly stored.
    I need to find a box large enough to put my German Wet-Heater torpedo engine in. LOL!!!
    http://warrelics.eu/forum/battlefiel...pe-find-28941/

    hello nice relic enfield i like it......looks like the front band is from a earlier long lee the farmer probably put it there to hold the front wood on as a piece is missing and that band isnt meant to be there. the rear sight is also from a long lee( magazine lee enfield) i think.
    thanks for showing iv never see a relic enfield before
    Thanks 4md,
    The bands aren't original from any rifle, the father of the farmer made them himself. The bands rusted away in time, he just replaced them to hold the rifle together.
    The rear sight however is original to this rifle, but in really bad condition and missing some parts.
    Once in a wile you'll see one at flea markets in the West-corner Belgium (Diksmuide, Passchendaele and Ypres area)!
    The farmers there find much stuff on their fields and sell them at flea markets.

    Regards

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    Ingrid, congratulations on these fine items, love the Enfield.
    Cheers.
    Nuno

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    Hi Ingrid, for your intrest, Theres no bands missing from the rifle, its a Lee Enfield MkIII* so is probably 1916 to 18 in origin. The rear sight isnt from this rifle, its either from a Martini Enfield/metford, a Lee Enfield Mk1 or Lee Metford Mk1. The top wood is also 180 degrees out, with a new hole cut out for the sight. The rear sight protector is also 180 degrees out.

    This is a 1917 BSA i'm rebuilding.



    This Martini carbine shows the same sight, it would be of no use on a Lee Enfield as its 180 degrees out and should fold rearward not forward

    British Martini Enfield Rifle .303" - Wharton Militaria

    What intrests me is how a obsolete ME carbine/rifle would end up on a WW1 battlefield.

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