Imperial German Model 1898/05 Butcher Bayonet – Frister and Rossmann

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Original Imperial German Model 1898/05 Butcher Bayonet - Frister and Rossmann.  Made by the company of Frister and Rossman  of Berlin - they were originally sewing machine makers who turned to producing bayonets during the First World War.  This was quite common to many German manufacturers, especially as the war progressed and traditional arms makers could not cope with demand from the army.  These bayonets were issued to German infantry troops throughout the war although towards the end of the war, ersatz bayonets took over these model pattern bayonets.  The bayonet is clearly maker marked to the blade forte and also has inspector's stamps to the blade spine and scabbard.  The ribbed wooden grips are held together with steel riveted screws.

Bayonet complete with original scabbard

The bayonet comes complete with its original steel scabbard - both hilt and scabbard with dark age patination - has not been cleaned or messed about with.  Blade with appropriate age staining in places.  Is an Imperial German bayonet maker that is not as commonly encountered in the bayonet collecting market.  Blade length is 14.5 inches (20 inches overall).

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