This second pattern Imperial German army S1898 n.A quill point sword bayonet was made at the Prussian Royal Armoury at Erfurt in 1905. The S98 was the first bayonet produced for use with the Mauser Gewehr 98 rifle using the new and soon to be widely copied bar mounting system.
The 521mm single-edged blade has a rounded, pipe-back spine above a single, narrow fuller. The blade terminates in a double-edged quill point. The ricasso is stamped with the mark of the Prussian Royal Armoury, a crown above the name “Erfurt.” The spine is stamped with the crowned W acceptance mark of Kaiser Wilhelm and the date ’05 (1905) as well as an inspection fractur. The blade is in very good condition with some minor scratches.
The steel cross piece and pommel are bright and clean. The steel pommel bears two inspection marks (fractur). An additional fractur is stamped forward of the mortice slot. The press-stud mechanism is crisp and in perfect working order.
The hardwood grip scales are in very good condition with a great patina. The scales are secured firmly in place by two screws. The screws and nuts all bear inspection fracture.
The bayonet is complete with its black leather scabbard with steel mounts. The leather remains stiff and is in good condition and the stitching is intact. There is a crease in the leather above the chape. The locket and chape are in good condition and bear fractur stamps. The mouth of the locket bears two fracture marks. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a great example of a scarce Imperial German S98 bayonet.