Two U.S. entrenching tools Model 1917 trench knife, steel and wood hilt, triangular blade, marked "A.C. Co. U.S.A. 1917" on inside of guard, L14 1/8"; Model 1873 entrenching tool in leather scabbard, turned wood grip, broad flat steel blade, marked "U.S." on wood at ferrule and top left side of scabbard, L13" W3 1/2".
Provenance: Property deaccessioned from the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso to benefit the Museum Collections Fund. (Accession #E56.21.1 and E57.15.1)
Literature: Cole, M. H. U.S. MILITARY KNIVES, BAYONETS & MACHETES, BOOK III. Birmingham, Al: 1979. pp.22-23.
McChristian, Douglas C. UNIFORMS, ARMS AND EQUIPMENT: THE U.S. ARMY ON THE WESTERN FRONTIER, 1880-1892, VOL. 2, WEAPONS AND ACCOUTREMENTS. Norman, OK: 2007. P.139.
Trench knife with fine pitting, hanging strap of entrenching tool apparently a field modification.