Original Pre-WWI French Modèle 1892 Mannlicher Berthier Rifle Bayonet with Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. These were originally issued before the Great War and were designed to be for use with the Mannlicher Berthier Infantry Rifles. It is a somewhat standard sword type bayonet, with a single edged fullered blade. The pommel design however is definitely somewhat unique, designed for a bayonet lug that fits into a round hole in the pommel of the bayonet.

This is an example of the second pattern, which has rivet retaining wooden grips, and a muzzle ring that overlaps the grips slightly. It still retains a hooked quillon, many of these were modified by having the quillon reduced in size for WWI service. For more details please see Watts & White The Bayonet Book, page 98, item 214.

Condition is very good, with wear and light oxidation commensurate with age. There is some cracking of the wooden grip scales around the retaining rivets. The bayonet latch is fully functional, and the scabbard and bayonet are not serial number matched.

These are becoming harder to find as time goes on, and this is definitely a very good example. Ready to clean and display!

Blade length: 15 5/8”
Blade style: Single Edged with Fuller
Overall length: 20 1/8”
Scabbard length: 16 1/4”
Crossguard: 3 1/8 “

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