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Title Mauser bayonet, model 1916
Nationality Belgian
Period c 1916-18
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This is the classic WW1 long-bladed bayonet for the 1889 model Mauser rifle. It has a 17.5 cm muzzle ring, which distinguishes it from the 1924 model, identical but for a 15 mm muzzle ring. However, this has the later 1924 model scabbard, with rivets replacing the throat screws of the 1916 type.

There is some minor bruising to the reverse grip scale. The scabbard has most of its original blue finish, under the remains of a layer of old black paint. The blade is double-edged and rather roughly finished, as they were originally made.

Apparently the punched star (or asterisk) on one of the wooden grips is a collector's mark, probably the Dangre collection, formed in Belgium in the 1920s. Dangre was involved in curatorial duties at the Brussels army museum before WW2.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Bayonets : Belgian : 20th Century]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Incredibly, I received your shipment today. Super fast delivery, I was expecting it on Saturday. The helmet was, as you said, 100%. The side cap is excellent also...

L T, USA, 08.06.2006