Original U.S. WWII Named Bring Back Bayonet Grouping in Box - 98k, Chassepot, Model 1871
Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. Pfcenlisted in
- Wood transit box that measures 29 x 6 x 2 inches. The top of the box features wartime writing that reads: he sent home to his parents German Trophies of War as souvenirs. This grouping was purchased directly from his relatives and consists of the following items:
Pfc. FRED R. RUSSELL
346 ENGS. REGT.
PO 757 c/o PM
New York N.Y.
MRS. JOHN RUSSELL
534 SO JELE. RD.
Inside the box are the following items:
- Original French Chassepot Saber Bayonet dated 1867. Classic French bayonet made in 1867, which saw service during the Franco-Prussian war. The yataghan blade is engraved with the maker on the spine: "Mre d' Armes de St. Etienne 8bre [October] 1867" The bayonet has a 23" blade with an overall length of 28". The steel hooked crossguard is marked: F. 57960. Bayonet comes complete with steel scabbard with correct French "goal post" style bayonet frog loop. Overall condition is very good.
- Original German Mauser Model 1871 Rifle Bayonet dated 1874 with Scabbard - Regimental Marked. This is a very nice example of the Mauser Model 1871 rifle bayonet with brass hilt, compete with the original brass-fitted leather scabbard. The bayonet is in very good condition, and is marked on the rear of the blade with (Crown) / W74, indicating acceptance in 1874 during the reign of German Emperor Wilhelm I, who reigned between 1871-1888. The steel blade is 18" long and is in very good condition. The blade ricasso bears the maker marking: Wilhelm/SUHL, for maker Ernst Wilhelm & Co., of Suhl. The cross guard has Regimental markings that read: 44.L.II.3.1.21. The bayonet comes complete with its original brass mounted black leather scabbard bearing bearing a regimental marking. Overall a very nice Model 1871 bayonet.
- Original German WWII 98k 1939 Dated Bayonet with Scabbard by Richard A. Herder with Matching Serial 4318 b. Model bayonet: Seitengewehr 84/98, Markings: 4318 b, RICH.A.HERDER Condition is excellent with original bluing on blade, bakelite grips intact and a working locking button. The blade has the factory "sparpening", which did not really make the blade sharp: that was up to the soldier. The bakelite scales are in great shape, with no chips, and just some light scratches. The scabbard and blade bear matching serial numbers 4318 / b, and the pommel is Waffenamt marked. This is an early/pre WWII bayonet, so it pre-dates the three letter code system used later. The blade ricasso and scabbard are BOTH maker marked with RICH.A.HERDER. The spine of the blade is marked 39, and the scabbard 1939, indicating the year of manufacture.
A fantastic grouping of excellent condition bayonets that based on the condition of the items has apparently laid undisturbed in the original bring home box since returning home in 1945.
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