BUTCHER BAYONET 1898/1905 pattern
An Imperial German 1898/1905 pattern Butcher Bayonet with scabbard, for the Gew 98 Mauser Rifle.
The ricasso is stamped ' waffenfabrik mauser a-g oberndorf a.n The back of the blade is stamped ' W 15' (1915) with the Imperial Crown.
The bayonet itself is in good condition for its age and use. It is good and solid. As you can see from the pictures the stamping is clear and legible although worn in places.
Mark 1 Butcher bayonets were made up to 1915 with leather scabbards. Mark 2 bayonets made after 1915 had steel scabbards. This particular model has a leather scabbard which is in good condition. The leather has shrunk slightly, thus is tight when inserting the blade.