An original German Prussian WW1 Model 1898/05 Butcher Bayonet that was originally of sawback form but with evidence of contemporary removal. The first pattern butcher bayonet had high ears on the crossguard and was made from 1906 until 1915. It would originally have come supplied with a leather scabbard. The second pattern butcher bayonet had the ears filed down on the hilt crossguard and was manufactured from 1915 until 1918 when it was supplied with a metal scabbard. A sawback model was made for NCO’s. Contrary to popular belief it was actually designed to be used as a tool (to cut wood or barbed wire) but in 1917, it was ordered by German authorities that all sawback bayonets have their sawbacks removed. This followed threats by the Allies that any German soldier found with a sawback bayonet would be treated with the utmost severity. The bayonet is stamped with maker marks to Mauser that are repeated to the top of the black painted steel scabbard. Condition of the bayonet is good overall with some wear to the wooden grips, probably during its service life. Blade length is 14.5 inches (19.5 inches overall).
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