Original German WWII 98k 1943 dated Bayonet by E. & F. Hörster with Scabbard & Frog - Matching Serial 9821 vv
Original Item: Only One Available. In 1935 the German military introduced the K98k bolt action rifle or Karabiner 98 Kurz, as a replacement for the older GEW98 or Gewehr 98. A new, shorter bayonet was designed to go along with the shortened rifle. The K98 bayonet was officially named Seitengewehr 84/98 III or SG 84/98 III. The bayonet was designed as a close combat sidearm that could be placed on the tip of a K98.
The total length of the K98 bayonet was 15.2 inches, far shorter than the 20 inch long GEW98 bayonet. The blade was also straighter in shape and the hand guard was omitted. The K98 bayonet was carried in a leather frog, or Seitengewehrtragetasche, on the left side on the equipment belt in combination with the shovel and its carrier. The maker marks on k98 bayonets where stamped onto the top of the blade. On the reverse the batch number and suffix were stamped.
Model bayonet: Seitengewehr 84/98 III
Markings: 9821 / vv and 43 asw
Material: Blued steel
Grip material: Brown Bakelite
Condition is very good, with much original bluing on blade, wooden grips intact and a working locking button. The blade has the original factory "sharpening", which did not really make the blade sharp: that was up to the soldier. There are no real signs of use, wear from cleaning and the scabbard runners. The reddish brown bakelite grip scales are in very good condition, with no chips, and just some light scratches and dents. The handle is quite nice, though it does have a bit of finish loss in areas.
The scabbard and blade bear matching serial numbers 9821 / vv. The pommel is Waffenamt marked and he blade ricasso is also marked with German three letter code 43 asw indicating 1943 manufacture by the well-known maker E. & F. Hörster & Co Gmbh. The scabbard has the same marking on the reverse.
According to J. Anthony Carter's book, GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS, the company was originally founded in 1850 as "Friedrich Hörster" in 1850. It was then renamed to E. & F. Hörster in 1870 at the behest of Friedrich Emil & Fritz Hörster. The firm lasted long after WWII, finally being declared insolvent in 1996.
Bayonet and scabbard come complete with an original brown leather frog, which fits the scabbard nicely. The frog does show some age, but is overall in really good condition, originally having a lovely "desert tan" style finish. The original stitching is fully intact, with copper rivets.
An original German WWII Matching 98k Bayonet and scabbard by a highly desirable maker, complete with an original leather frog. Ready to display or fit to your 98K rifle!
Blade Length: 10"
Blade Style: Single Edge w/ Fuller
Overall length: 15 1/4“
Crossguard: 1 1/2”
Scabbard Length: 10 1/2"
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