knife bayonet for Model 1898 Mauser rifle & Seitengewehr Model 1914
- Catalogue number
- WEA 241.1
- Part of
- grips: wood
- Alternative Names
- FULL NAME: knife bayonet for Model 1898 Mauser rifle & Seitengewehr Model 1914
- SIMPLE NAME: bayonet, German
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Thought to have originated as a pre-First World War export pattern. Walter intimates that the weapons were modified and retained for German service after 1914. (References: Walter, J 1976 (The) German Bayonet Arms and Armour, London pp 74-76; Carter, A & Walter, J 1974 (The) Bayonet Arms and Armour, London; pp 62-63)
Pommel form: stylised vestigial beakhead with rounded end housing T-O shaped attachment slot. Worn press stud, on right side, operates locking catch via internal coiled spring. Back of pommel flat and straight, underside rounded. Pommel meets grips vertically. Grips form: two-piece wood retained by two screw bolts with slotted nuts. Back flat and straight, underside rounded and gently shaped to hand. A small rectangular cleaning hole is positioned immediately behind the crossguard. Crossguard form: short square sectioned crosspiece. Round ended lower section extends only 3.5 mm below blade. Vestigial upper guard is concave ground to form shallow recess for firearm's barrel. Blade form: single-edged with double-edged spear point, fullered. Fuller length approximately 205 mm, tops rounded. Back of blade flat.
inscription stamped blade (left ricasso) (inverted) Odeon
mark stamped blade (back, near guard) crowned script Gothic G (?)