Argentinian Model 1891 Bayonet. Weyersberg & Kirschbaum, Solingen

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The Argentinian Model 1891 bayonet was made for use with the Argentine M1891 Mauser rifle. Both the rifle and bayonet were manufactured under contract in Germany. These bayonets were very well made and despite being produced between 1893 and 1898 are usually found in good condition.

The 399mm single-edged blade has a flat spine above a long single fuller and tapers to a spear point. The blade is in very good condition and is free from rust or damage. The ricasso is stamped “Modelo Argentino 1891” arched over the Argentine coat of arms. The coat of arms was purposefully removed when the bayonet was sold out of service in the 1950’s. Above the crosspiece the blade is stamped with the serial number S4700.

The obverse ricasso is stamped with the maker’s details, “Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co. Solingen.” The spine of the bayonet is stamped with the proof mark, an A below a star.

The steel cross piece incorporating the muzzle ring and hooked quillon bears three inspection and ownership stamps, a P on one side, R on the obverse and a Cx on the front of the quillon.

The cast alloy grip scales are stamped on both sides with an M within a circle. The grip scales are held firmly in place by two rivets. The press-stud mechanism in the steel birds-head pommel is in perfect working order.

The bayonet is complete with its steel scabbard with oval frog stud. The scabbard is in reasonable condition with use related dings and has been crudely painted black. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.