~ Rare French 1892 Mannlicher-Berthier Carbine Bayonet And Metal Scabbard ~
This bayonet was used on the First World War French cavalry carbine the Mousqueton Mle 1892.
The blade is stamped with the letter “P” on the ricasso.
The quillion is stamped with the serial number “H48866”. The scabbard is stamped with the manufacturers initials “JG” and serial number “BS27012”.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade length is 15.5 inches (39.5 cm) and the overall length of the bayonet is 20 inches (51 cm).
The bayonet in its scabbard measures 20.8 inches (52.7 cm).
It weighs 690 grams.
~ Condition ~
The blade is in very good condition with only minor dark spots but no damage. The black wooden grips are complete and undamaged, just minor wear. The scabbard is excellent.
Overall there are only slight wear signs and minor aging signs, as expected. An excellent example.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
~ The Bertie Carbine ~
The Berthier carbine was a French Bolt-action 8mm carbine which saw service with the French army during the First World War and limited action during the Second World War in all branches of French service other than the infantry.
The occasional use, outside of France, of the term "Mannlicher" to designate weapons of the Berthier system is due to the "en bloc" clip disposition which was borrowed from the real Mannlicher rifles and carbines. Otherwise the Berthier weapons, and particularly their bolts, are not derived from Mannlicher rifles or carbines but rather from the Lebel rifle system.
It was designed for the Cavalry and Gendarmerie branches of the French army and used the 8mm Lebel Cartridge which was loaded with smokeless powder (Poudre B) since its inception in 1886 for use in the Lebel rifle.
As the high Command appreciated the performance of the Mle 1890 Berthier carbine, a second version was specifically produced for artillery service, the " Mousqueton Mle 1892" which could mount a short blade bayonet and thus had a re-designed forend stock.