Original un-modified WW1 German S98/05 a.A “Butchers’ Blade” bayonet made by Simson & Co., of Suhl in 1915.
Un-altered first pattern S98/05 bayonets are rare. This original S98/05 bayonet has “high ears” and no flash guard.
The 368mm single edged blade has a wide, single fuller below a flat spine tapering to a spear point. The blade is 25.6mm wide at the ricasso and flares to a width of 33mm before tapering to a point, earning it the nickname, “Butchers’ Blade” because of its similarity to such knives.
The ricasso is stamped with the maker’s details, Simson & Co., Suhl. 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. There are some mild scratches and marks to both sides of the blade consistent with use and sharpening. The blade is bright and clean.
The steel of the hilt is bright and clean, bearing numerous inspection stamps. The long-eared cross-piece is stamped on the front above the quillon. The grip screws are stamped on both sides, the front of the mortice slot is stamped and the pommel bears two inspection 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 very good condition.
The bayonet is complete with its blackened steel scabbard. The scabbard has two shallow dings on the back, one above the other. The scabbard retains its original finish with mild wear. The ball finial and the mouth of the scabbard bear inspection stamps. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is an excellent example of a rare, unaltered first pattern German S98/05 bayonet.