Original Austrian WWI Mannlicher M1895 Rifle Bayonet by ŒWG Steyr with Sight on Muzzle Ring & Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Austrian-made NCO bayonet for the Mannlicher Model 1895 straight pull bolt action Rifle, which was the principal Rifle of the FIRST WORLD WAR for the Austrian Empire. The M1895 bayonet was the first knife bayonet to feature an inverted blade profile, where cutting edge faces upward when fixed. This particular example is interesting in that it has a front sight fitted on top of the bayonet crossguard. This is a very rare version used with the Mannlicher M1895 Cavalry Carbine.
The bayonet and scabbard are both stamped with Œ over WG, the marking for Österreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft (Austrian Arms-Manufacturing Company), abbreviated as ŒWG. Steyr Mannlicher firearm production was a part of this company. The reverse ricasso of the bayonet has the Austro-Hungarian Empire's Eagle proof mark stamped twice. There is also a regimental marking of L.A.R.5 / 138 on the pommel of the bayonet, probably for the Landwehr Artillery Regiment 5, 138th weapon.
Condition of the bayonet is very good, with the original bright finish still well retained, with very little oxidation or damage of any kind. There is however some wear to the wooden grip scales. The steel scabbard is painted black, and still retains almost all of the finish, with some wear on the frog button. There are also some dents on the scabbard body, but they do not interfere with sheathing the blade.
A rare bayonet and scabbard from the Austro-Hungarian empire, ready to display or use!
Blade Length: 10"
Blade Style: Single Edge w/ Fuller
Overall length: 14 1/4“
Crossguard: 3 3/8”
Scabbard Length: 10 1/2"
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