Original Danish Krag–Jørgensen M1889 Knife Bayonet for Gevær M/89 Rifle by W.K.C. with Scabbard
Original Item. Only One available. This is quite rare, and is a very nice example of a Danish Model 1889 Bayonet, intended for use on the Krag–Jørgensen Gevær M/1889 Rifle. This is the original Model 1889 bayonet version, with a checkered leather grip. This was later improved in 1893 with a new version having a wood grips secured by brass rivets. Many were retrofitted, so finding a bayonet with intact leather grips is quite rare.
The bayonet is 13 3/4 inches overall, with a 9 inch long single edged fullered blade. The design is somewhat interesting, with a a triangular lever on the pommel of the bayonet moving the bayonet lock.
This very nice example is marked on the ricasso with the double trademark "King's Head" alongside a "Knights's Head" logo of legendary German maker Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie of Solingen, over the firms initials of W.K & C. This trademark is used on export blades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and is absolutely correct for this bayonet. For more information please see J. Anthony Carter’s work GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS. Later examples were made domestically so this is a very early example.
The pommel is marked 712 on one side, probably the serial number of the rifle it was issued with, and 16B. 337. is on the other side, most likely the unit it was issued to. There is also a crown proof on the "crossguard."
The bayonet and matching scabbard are in very good used condition, without any major issues or defects. The blade is nice, with light sharpening and no major nicks or dents, and the grips are nicely broken in. The scabbard is still fitted leather, and locks correctly onto the minimal crossguard.
A very nice example of a rare bayonet, ready to display!
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