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K98 Bayonet help!

Discussion in 'Small Arms and Edged Weapons' started by WarEnthusiast, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. WarEnthusiast

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    I need help with the worth (money) and stuff like that about a K98 Bayonet I found at my home. It is in a good shape but has some weird spots. On the blade it says 44agv and on the other side 6969a. I don't know if those numbers makes a difference in the price but I have heard it does. Thank you
     
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    "44avg" is the year and company that made it. In this case, it was made in 1944. There is no manufacturer that used the code "avg", but "agv" was for Berg & Co of Solingen. Please confirm the manufacturer code.

    "6969a" is the serial number of the bayonet (if it has a scabbard, the serial number on the scabbard and bayonet should match). This would not have been the same serial number as the rifle.

    There should also be a small eagle over WaA618 stamped on the bayonet.
     
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    Yes it says agv not avg, my mistake. The scabbard isn't in the greatest of shapes but I can see some unreadable numbers on it. I figured out that it was 1944 but I wasn't very sure. I see the eagle but it is very aged.
     
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    Also, after some cleaning and after alot of time I began to see 44agv on the scabbard as well, not sure if it says 6969a because it was very hard to see.
     
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    63E683E8-89D6-4058-9BF0-D1AA380C1F40.jpeg 331D5BEE-F67C-465A-8113-9E7B74A2885A.jpeg 63E683E8-89D6-4058-9BF0-D1AA380C1F40.jpeg Hi I’m wondering if any one can help identify a bayonet left to family I have found it hard to research I’ve attached files. Thank you
     
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    Hello Miriam,

    Please post a photo of the handle showing the mounting point. That bayonet is not German and is not from WW2. It has some similarities with the Swedish m/1914 bayonet but is not an exact match.
     
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    Does this help
     
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    Hi Miriam

    I am almost certain that the bayonet you got your hands on is a British P1888 Mk1 bayonet produced by Enfield for the Lee-Metford rifle. It was used most famously during the Boer war in South Africa but also in other similar British colonial conflicts.
     
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    Agreed. It is certainly a P1888 Mk1.
     
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    Thank you for
    thank you for your info much appreciated
     
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    Do you think it would be hard to find out what year bayonet is from
     
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    If it doesn't have a date or a serial number on it somewhere I suspect that will not be easy. People here have surprised me on things like this before though.
     
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    The VR marking for Queen Victoria would place the date of manufacture as 1901 or earlier.
     

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