This steel hilt ersatz bayonet was made in Germany in the early years of WW1 and is one of the rarer of the ersatz bayonets. The height of ersatz bayonet manufacturing was 1916, as the Imperial German war machine rushed to equip the huge number of new troops. This pattern of ersatz bayonet has been designated under Carter’s classification as EB24.
The 314mm single-edged blade has a flat spine and terminates in a false upper edge and spear point. The blade is in excellent condition with minimal speckles of tarnish. The spine bears a fracture inspection stamp. The un-fullered blade is rare, so too is the fact that it is still in its original full length. Ersatz bayonet blades were often shortened to 255mm (10 inches).
The cast steel hilt is in very good condition with age and use related marks. The hilt has the characteristic long muzzle ears, countersunk muzzle ring, false cross guard, birds-beak pommel and press-stud mechanism with a raised border. The attachment mechanism is in perfect working order.
The bayonet is complete with its original steel scabbard with black paint finish. The scabbard is in very good condition and the bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within.
This is a highly desirable and rarely encountered Great War ersatz bayonet in fantastic condition and guaranteed genuine.
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