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WWI ERA GERMAN BAYONET, What is this and what is it's value?

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    Default WWI ERA GERMAN BAYONET, What is this and what is it's value?

    I have this bayonet which so far I have been told is a WWI or post 1918 / post WWI era. I have photos. Does anyone know exactly what this is, where it might have been used, by whom, and what it might be worth? Thanks so much! Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: WWI ERA GERMAN BAYONET, What is this and what is it's value?

    That is a German Kurzes Seitengewehr 98.

    Manufacturer - E & F Horster - made in 1913 - from the stamp on the back of the blade.

    Originally issued to a German colonial troops, airship crews and telegraphists.

    The design was used as the basis for private purchase bayonets and trench knives.

    Can't help on value as I am a bit out of touch with prices.

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    Thanks for the info!

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    Quote by Richie B View Post
    That is a German Kurzes Seitengewehr 98.
    Manufacturer - E & F Horster - made in 1913 - from the stamp on the back of the blade.
    Originally issued to a German colonial troops, airship crews and telegraphists.
    The design was used as the basis for private purchase bayonets and trench knives.
    Can't help on value as I am a bit out of touch with prices.
    Richie, is absolutely correct ! this type of bayonet is often referred to by some collectors/dealers, as a private purchase Officers bayonet !
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    So this wasn't likely used in WWI? Or could it have been? I'm not clear on the whole "private purchase / officers bayonet" thing. This wasn't issued to soldiers is what you mean?

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    Quote by John Joseph Montuori III View Post
    So this wasn't likely used in WWI? Or could it have been? I'm not clear on the whole "private purchase / officers bayonet" thing. This wasn't issued to soldiers is what you mean?
    The one you illustrate was quite probably issued in WW1 as it was made in 1913 and is definitely an issue model as it has military inspection stamps.

    Very similar designs were also available for private purchase - often by officers when they stopped carrying swords in the trenches.

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    Thanks very much!

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    From the look of the blade, there is likely no scabbard - which will
    affect it's value somewhat. It is in 'fair' condition.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Understood. Long story short, I bought it for $150 and am looking to either keep it or sell it, dependent upon if I made a great deal or not. I like it, and I'd love to keep it.

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    Default Re: WWI ERA GERMAN BAYONET, What is this and what is it's value?

    Quote by John Joseph Montuori III View Post
    Understood. Long story short, I bought it for $150 and am looking to either keep it or sell it, dependent upon if I made a great deal or not. I like it, and I'd love to keep it.
    Good price ! a fine piece for any collection.
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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