The German S14 bayonet was developed for the Mauser Gewehr 98 rifle and was produced in 1914. These bayonets were only produced at the beginning of WW1 and are scarce. The S (Seitengewehr, meaning sidearm) 1914 bayonet was an interim design and was in effect an early type of ersatz bayonet, being produced by numerous private, non-military makers in order to make up the German army’s shortfall. This example was made by Beka Reords, a German gramophone and record manufacturer from 1903 to 1925.
The 312mm single-edged blade has a flat spine above a broad single fuller. The blade has an 80mm upper false edge and terminates in a spear point. The ricasso bears the B.K. maker’s logo and the spine is stamped with a German military acceptance stamp.
The blade is in very good condition, with minimal age related marks and three tiny patches of very shallow pitting.
The steel crosspiece has only a vestigial muzzle ring and the grip is without a flash guard. Flash guards were added to bayonet grips from 1916 onwards. The wooden grip scales are in good condition with age and use related marks and staining. The steel pommel has some mild pitting and the press stud mechanism is in good working order.
The bayonet is complete with its blackened steel scabbard. The scabbard is in good condition with a few small dings and some mild pitting. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a good example of a scarce German WW1 1914 model bayonet.
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