Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 4594: Two Early Production Side-Marked Imperial U.S. M3 Knives

Auction Date: June 24, 2022

Two Early Production Side-Marked Imperial U.S. M3 Fighting Knives with Sheaths

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Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Two Early Production Side-Marked Imperial U.S. M3 Fighting Knives with Sheaths

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1) Imperial M3, desirable very early "US M3 IMPERIAL 1943" marking on right flat of blade, 11 1/2" OAL, 6 5/8" spearpoint blade with sharpened false edge, leather washer grip with plastic spacers, "flaming bomb" stamp on pommel, includes a "1943" dated U.S. M6 leather sheath hand marked "Lillian" on the front. 2) Imperial M3, desirable early "US M3 IMPERIAL" marking on right flat of blade, 11 1/8" OAL, 6 3/4" spearpoint blade with sharpened false edge, leather washer grip, "flaming bomb" stamp on pommel, includes a U.S. M6 leather sheath. Both are fine showing some mild wear and handling marks, including on the sheaths, typical of use. Provenance: The Steven Preston Military Collection

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