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Old 29th December 2018, 02:15 PM   #1
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Hello All, just picked up a reasonably sized, elderly Navaja with a lion trademark on the blade. I'm hoping that someone here who has more knowledge of these knives may be able to tell me something about the maker.

I have some pic's of the knife which I'll put up when I've reduced the image sizes.
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Old 29th December 2018, 02:28 PM   #2
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More pic's.
Overall length open is 32 cm (12.6 inch) with 15 cm (6 inch) blade.
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Old 29th December 2018, 02:29 PM   #3
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A French mark for sure. Maybe not famous, though; not listed in Forton's work.
Let us then see the whole piece, Mel .
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Old 29th December 2018, 03:14 PM   #4
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Fernando, thank you for pointing me in the right direction, I've now done a little searching. It seems that Au Lion did have a moment of fame, they contracted to produce the first U.S. mod 1918 trench knives ( now much sought after ), there doesn't seem to be a lot of information on the maker.
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Old 29th December 2018, 04:05 PM   #5
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Au Lion is the trademark of R. V. Cruege of Bordeaux (Gironde), per The Who's Who of French Arms from 1350 to 1970 by Jean-Jacques Buigné.
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Old 29th December 2018, 05:57 PM   #6
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Thank you.
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Old 30th December 2018, 12:30 AM   #7
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Hi Folks,

Great detective work and Happy new Year everybody!

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