Original German WWI M1898/05 n/A Butcher Bayonet with Leather Scabbard by Anker-Werke - Dated 1917
Original Item: Only One Available. This is the M-1898/05 Bayonet that was the most common German Bayonet of the First World War. It features a heavy 14.5-inch steel blade with distinct bulge toward the point giving extra weight and power to the business end, known as a "butcher blade". This version is known as n/A (neuer Art = newer model). The second pattern lacked the first pattern's vestigial muzzle ring (or 'ears') and has a flashguard on the back of the grip.
This example has a very nice set of original grooved wood grips, though the hilt has some surface rusting due to age. Bayonet lock is fully functional. The blade ricasso is maker marked:
The reverse ricasso has the company Logo, and it is dated on the blade's spine 17 under a proof mark of a Crown over W. The blade is in solid condition, though it does have staining and some areas of light pitting, as well as runner marks from the scabbard.
The scabbard itself steel-mounted leather, and has a patina similar to the hilt. However, the Crown over W proofs can still be seen on all components. Leather is stiff from age, but solid. The stitching still seems to be intact.
A fine example of what is becoming a difficult bayonet to find in such fine condition, never messed with, just the way we like to find them, ready to display.
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