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Original Imperial German WWI M-1871 Mauser "Walking Out" Etched Parade Dress Bayonet with Scabbard

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Original Item: Only One Available. Commonly referred to as a "walking out" Bayonet, this edged weapon was never designed to actually fit on any rifle even the Mauser 1871 model after which it is named.

This is a lovely Dress or Parade Bayonet, worn only on ceremonial occasions and when going on leave. These usually have a higher quality finish than the issue M-71 Bayonet, and this example has a lovely etched blade. There are panels on both sides showing stands of arms, foliate designs, and more. The darkening in the panels has however worn, so it can be hard to see the etching. As is correct the bayonet's blade is fully blunt. We can see some of the original etched writing on the right side of the blade, which reads MIT GOTT FÜR KAISER UND REICH, a standard inscription, translating to "With God for Emperor and Country".

The hilt does have an inlet leaf spring on the right side, but there is no slot or button, so it is for decoration only. The "German Silver" cupronickel alloy crossguard has the usual "S" shape seen on these parade bayonets, and it does have a muzzle ring. There is still a leather felt blade buffer next to the crossguard, though it is very worn and degraded. For more information on these dress bayonets, please see Watts & White, The Bayonet Book, Page 172, Items 381-383.

Condition is very good, with a lovely patina on the brass, and a mostly bright finish on the blade, with areas of oxidation. The bayonet comes in good quality brass mounted leather scabbard and is a fine example with probably 125 years of age to it. It has shrunk a bit over time and is quite stiff, however it still correctly fits the blade with no issues. It is fit into a brown leather frog, though it is not a German style of frog, and was probably added later.

Overall a good condition bayonet with some great display potential!

Specifications:
Blade Length: 19"
Blade Style: Single Edge
Overall length: 23 3/8“
Crossguard: 4”
Scabbard Length: 19 1/2"

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