German WW1 Ersatz Bayonet EB35. Unit Marked
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This rare ersatz bayonet was made in Germany in the early years of WW1. 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 EB35.
The 307mm single-edged blade has a flat spine with a sharpened upper edge. The un-fullered blade terminates in a double-edged spear point. The spine bears a German inspection stamp known as a fracture or Waffenampt. The blade is in very good condition with minimal age and use related marks and a tiny amount of very shallow pitting at the point.
The cast steel grip is in very good condition and retains much of its original paint finish. The EB35 is easily identified by its distinctive long, stepped back muzzle ears. The bottom of the cross-piece is stamped “1. 164.” The press-stud is in perfect order.
The bayonet is complete with its original steel scabbard which retains a lot original feld grau paint. The top of the scabbard bears the stamped unit marking “R. 75. 3. E. K. 50.” The 75th Reserve Infantry Brigade, 3rd Eskadron Regiment. Weapon number 50. This regiment served on the Eastern Front.
The scabbard also bears a maker’s name, “Fag.” The scabbard is in good condition with a good patina to the bared steel and age and use related marks and minor dings at the bottom. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
The condition of this rare EB35 bayonet is well above average. The maker named and unit marked scabbard and hilt add to its appeal.