Original German M1871 Brass Hilt Mauser Rifle Bayonet with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice original example of the classic German 1871 Mauser Rifle Bayonet which features a brass hilt. Sword bayonet for use with the 11 mm M1871 Mauser rifle. This bayonet was also used extensively with the 8mm M1888 Commission Rifle.
The M1871 bayonet has an unusual brass grip with diagonal serrations on the right grip, while the left grip is smooth.
The blade was manufactured by Gebruder Simson in Suhl. Gebruder Simson became Simson & Co. in 1880. However, the bayonet was assembled by the Prussian Royal Arsenal at Erfurt. The blade is marked with the Royal Cypher of Kaiser Wilhelm I of Prussia, who reigned from 18611888.
A note regarding German Royalty: The German Empire was a confederation of semi-independent states. The King of Prussia served as the Imperial head of state and was given the title Kaiser (Emperor). The monarchs of the other German states held the title König (King).
The bayonet has regimental markings with unit marking, 40.R.1.7.
It was delivered to the Arsenal at ERFURT which is stamped on the other side of the blade under a crown marking. The bayonet comes complete with a genuine unmarked brass mounted leather scabbard. Some old pitting to front of blade, all scabbard sewing nice and tight.
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