Savage Model 1899 - Montreal Home Guard musket known as the model 99D. This model includes a rare matching bayonet.
This was a special order musket placed by the newly formed Montreal Home Guard acquired to defend against possible invasion by the Germans.
It was used in the defense of ports, bridges, dockyards and other war related facilites. Total production is estimated at around 2000 muskets but records indicate 827 or so delivered of these. I have only seen 14 in original condition.
Officers of the guard often had Jewellers engrave their names on the receiver. Only 600 or so Bayonets were accounted for. Of these, I have only seen 4 with matching rack numbers on the scabbard.
Scabbards were not a factory issue but were custom ordered by the owners locally. Most of the 800 or so were altered after the war into Deer rifles by local hunters. To find one with original fittings is extremely rare. This musket as you can see is in near mint condition with all original parts. Rack #487.
The near mint condition of Bayonet also has rack number stamped on scabbard. I do have a brief history of the Montreal Home Guard. You will find it in a book called "Allied Rifle Contracts in America" written by Luke Mercaldo 1914 - 1918. An excellent book for the military collector.
A small number of guns were purchased by the CP Rail to protect against sabotage across Canada as far as the B.C. Coast.
For those seeking additional info about the Montreal Home Guard, I would gladly provide what I have on the subject.