Original WW1 German S98/05 aA “Butchers’ Blade” bayonet made by C. G. Haenel of Suhl in 1915.
The 365mm single edged blade has a wide, single fuller below a flat spine tapering to a spear point. The blade is 26mm wide at the ricasso and flares to a width of 32mm before tapering to a point, earning it the nickname, “Butchers’ Blade” because of its similarity to such knives.
The ricasso is stamped with the makers’ details. The spine carries the Royal Cypher of Kaiser Wilhelm II, King of Prussia above the date stamp ’15 (1915) and a crowned acceptance stamp. The blade is in very good condition with faint scabbard wear and use-related scratches.
The steel of the hilt is bright and rust free. The steel bears numerous inspection stamps. The screws that hold the wooden scales in place are stamped on both sides, the front of the mortice slot is stamped and the pommel bears two stamps. The press-stud mechanism is also stamped and is in good working order.
The wooden scales are held firmly in place and are in good condition with use related wear and marks.
The bayonet is complete with its original first pattern steel mounted brown leather scabbard. The scabbard is in very good condition. The steel locket and chape bear inspection stamps. The stitching is intact and tight. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is an excellent example of an alte Art WW1 S98/05 bayonet.
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