Original Pre-WWI French Modèle 1892 Mannlicher Berthier Rifle Bayonet with Shortened Quillon & 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. It also features hardwood grips retained by ground-flat rivets, with a full hooked quillon crossguard. Many of these were however modified by having the quillon reduced in size for WWI service. For more details please see Watts & White The Bayonet Book, page 98, items 213-215.

Condition is very good, with wear and light oxidation commensurate with age. The bayonet latch is fully functional. The serial number on the bayonet was on the portion of the quillon removed, so unfortunately there is no way to tell if it is the original matched scabbard or not.

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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