Who made the first bayonet in Germany?
Gebruder Simson became Simson & Co. in 1880. However, the bayonet was assembled by the Prussian Royal Arsenal at Erfurt. The blade is marked with the Royal Cypher of Kaiser Wilhelm I of Prussia, who reigned from 1861–1888. A note regarding German Royalty: The German Empire was a confederation of semi-independent states.
What is this scarce Bavarian bayonet?
Scarce Bavarian bayonet. Made by WKC and dated 1888 for Prussia. Wood handle held by two screws with some patina and staining. Crossguard is marked??.R.R.57. Short fullered blade with some light sharpening and staining. Leather scabbard (looks like Spanish 1893 model) with steel fittings.
Is this a German export bayonet for use in Spain?
Blade with about 85% bluing on the blade with no sharpening. Metal scabbard with about 35% blued finish remaining. Very scarce matching (445 on the bayonet and scabbard) German export bayonet. It is felt that these were German or Polish export bayonets for use by Spain.
What happened to the German m1884/98 bayonet?
The M1884/98 was discontinued in favor of the M1898/05 bayonet (below). However, the Germans would return to the M1884/98 design in 1915, as a way to use their limited steel supply more efficiently. This example was made in 1888 by Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Co. of Solingen.
Where was the Kaiser’s bayonet made?
The blade was manufactured by Gebruder Simson in Suhl. Gebruder Simson became Simson & Co. in 1880. However, the bayonet was assembled by the Prussian Royal Arsenal at Erfurt. The blade is marked with the Royal Cypher of Kaiser Wilhelm I of Prussia, who reigned from 1861–1888.
What is a yataghan bayonet?
These modified bayonets were reissued to German rear-eschelon troops as sidearms and some were modified to fit German rifles during the First World War. Read the full story on this well-traveled bayonet. “Yataghan” is derived from the Turkish word for “one who lays down” to describe the downard-sweeping double-curve blade profile.