Germany WW1 M1898 Butcher bayonet (Seitengewehr) for Gewehr 98 Mauser rifle; marked Ohligs, Solingen; made in 1917, original metal scabbard. Scarce type in great overall condition – rare this nice.
An excellent quality original WW1 era M1898/05 Bayonet (Seitengewehr) specimen manufactured in 1917 by F. Koeller & Co. in Solingen, Germany. This bayonet version is known as n/A (neuer Art = newer model) because it lacks the first pattern’s vestigial muzzle ring and it has a flashguard on the back of the handle’s spine. The M1898/05 was intended for use on the standard-issue Gewehr 98 Mauser rifle of the Imperial German Army. This type has a blade with a distinct bulge toward the point – the M1895 was initially intended for artillerymen and engineers as a chopping tool, as well as a weapon. Because of its shape, the Allies called this type a “butcher blade bayonet”, or simply a “butcher”.
This specimen is in great overall shape: original grooved wood grips are intact, no typical dings/contact marks on the pommel or the guard; the blade is near-excellent. All parts are solid with no play; bayonet lock is 100% functional. Ricasso is sharply stamped F. KOELLER & Co. / OHLIGS / SOLINGEN.
The blade is also dated 17 on the blade’s spine, along with a proof mark of a Crown/W (for Kaiser Wilhelm II). The pommel is marked with the royal crown acceptance mark as well. The bayonet is abou7 19-3/4″ / 50.2 cm overall; the blade is about 14-1/2″ / 36.8 cm. Original steel scabbard is in great condition as well – not cleaned or painted; about 40% of the original finish remaining; the frog stud is intact. A couple of typical minor dents are noted for accuracy.
Over 100 years after the Great War had finally ended, this original Germany WW1 M1898 Butcher bayonet / Seitengewehr specimen is in 100% serviceable condition still; this type is scarce this nice and complete. Don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection! I have a few more German bayonets, as well as some scarce WW2 and WW1 fighting knives, daggers, trench knives and bayonets available for sale – please take a look in the Militaria section.
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