The German Ersatz (substitute) type Bayonets were constructed during the early years of WWI and were designed to fit both the Gewehr 88 (M1888 Commission Rifle) and Gewehr 98 (M98 Mauser Gewehr 98) German rifles. As time went on, many of these Ersatz style bayonets were given to Turkish forces (who shortened them a 10 inch blade) and the Germans received regulation bayonets. There are several variations of the Ersatz style bayonet as they were a "last-ditch" effort bayonet. The 12 inch, single fullered unmarked blade on this one is clean. It rates Exc/Exc+.The scabbard is steel based and silver painted. There are wee marks and hits from normal use. The single throat retaining screw remains intact. The crossguard is number marked "4948" and both mussel ears attached. The smooth grip is constructed out of an iron base and is silver painted. The button remains working well.
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