There are several websites that deal with the history of bayonets...I suggest Googling "French Bayonets" for best results...
Most probably a late Chassepot production with serial number of Chatellerault rifle production. The using of 11mm rifles in WW1 were only by secure,guarding or second line duty units.
I think I have seen a picture of a ww2 british soldier with a captured Chassepot bayonet during the north african campaign. If I can find it I'll post it up. It would show that at least colonial troops were still using them into ww2.
Hi Jim...I had one of these years ago..and the blade was painted black. My Great Uncle who was in WW2 brought this one back and I had never sen anything like it. I kept the K98 bayo but I ended up selling the chasse pot at a local flea market for a few dollars...it also did not have the scabbard with it at the time. What is the general value of these? Regards Larry
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Very Nice one and like mention by Jim the WW1 German Landwehr used the modified version. I will try and find the pic I have of a Baden Landwer soldat with it at his side while posing with his commission 88 rifle.
I found the pic I mentioned.
The info I have is Otto is from the LIR 40.Ers.Btln.4 Komp
That mustache was a hit even back then!!!!
If you zoom in you will see that it is one of the modified Chassepot bayonets.
Needless to say with having the Baden Landwher Haube and commission 88, that this modified bayonet is on my bucket list to complete that display setup.