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Title Mauser dress bayonet, double-etched, model 98
Nationality German
Period c 1900
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This is a private purchase dress bayonet, loosely based on the design of the G98 issue weapon. The flat blade is profusely engraved on both sides with martial emblems amid oak leaf foliage. Centre stage on one side is an eagle under an imperial crown, while 'Karl Weisskopf' is engraved on the reverse. The back edge is engraved with a laurel motif.

On account of the use of an imperial rather than Prussian crown, this might have been carried by colonial troops/police or marine infantry.

The blade is 52.5 cm long and 2.3 cm wide at the forte. The EPNS finish is fairly sound overall, but there is some lifting of this on the reverse of the blade and both scabbard mounts. The leather scabbard, essentially sound. has lost some of the original nap. The grips would appear to be walnut. There is some minor distortion to the rifle slot on the pommel.

This is a non-fixable bayonet (ie it cannot be mounted on a rifle; the press stud is just for show - it was made like this).

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

[Edged Weapons : Bayonets : German : 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

The bayonet arrived at 8.00 this morning! It's excellent, just what I was after and I'm well pleased with it!

S A, UK, 16.05.2006