A Scarce German WW1 Ersatz Gew 98 Bayonet
One of the more collectable emergency production bayonets supposedly made in the last year of the war, however there is evidence that many were made from the early war period. EB10 type 4 scabbard
Excellent bright polish blade condition, much original green surface over paint present
Ersatz (substitute) bayonets were made in Germany during the early years of World War I, because there weren't enough regulation bayonets to equip the rapidly expanding army. Ersatz bayonets were manufactured in local workshops, resulting in hundreds of variations. I only have a small number of examples, however, these should aid in making a general identification. The German specification was for a 12-inch blade. In addition to newly-constructed bayonets, Ersatz Bayonets were also created by modifying captured bayonets of other countries.
12 " blade
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