~ 1916 M98/05 Pattern Mauser Butcher Bayonet ~
This bayonet is a late war Mauser ‘Butcher’ bayonet used by the Imperial German Army in World War 1. It was developed for the iconic 1898 Mauser rifle.
The piece was made by Gottlieb Hammesfahr in Solingen. The blade has been well marked and the stamp of both the maker the Imperial Proof on the ricasso and spine.
The Butcher was a transitional weapon between the earlier sword bayonet and the modern knife bayonet. This being a later version also has some distinctive marks. As well as the Imperial proof mark and the ‘16’ under a crown stating its manufacture year there are the short ‘ears’ that would fit around the muzzle.
The scabbard is unmarked.
~ Dimensions ~
The bayonet weighs 865 grams in its scabbard.
The bayonet weighs 575 grams on its own.
In its scabbard it is 20 inches (51 cm) long.
The bayonet is 19.75 inches (50 cm) long.
From the back edge to the tip of the guard the bayonet is 3 inches (8 cm).
The blade is 14.5 inches (37 cm) long.
The blade is 1 inch (2.5cm) wide at the ricasso, thickening to 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) towards the widest point of the blade.
~ Condition ~
The bayonet is in good condition.
It is missing the leather frog.
The blade has some spots of blackening and some surface rust around the base of the ricasso but is otherwise untouched with no nicks.
The handle and fittings all fit very tightly and fit flush.
The wood has signs of ageing and some marks, possibly from oil getting on the wood.
There are some scratches in the paint of the scabbard.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or it can be collected from our Portsmouth shop.