Bayonet from the river: M1888
From the collection of Mr.G
Sometimes the stories of some of the exhibits from my collection seem fantastic, but I assure you that it was so. Many years ago fishermen caught this knife in a small river. Fortunately, they knew about my hobby, and immediately brought the find to me. River mud has become a kind of preservative for this bayonet. The wooden handle was preserved, the blade did not have deep corrosion. Unfortunately the scabbard was missing, but later I found a suitable specimen and restored it. And so, after an easy restoration, such a knife supplemented my collection!An Austrian bayonet for the Manlycher M1888 was taken out of the river.
Bayonet of the sample of 1888 for the rank and file to the rifles of the Mannlicher system of the sample of 1888 and 1890
The bayonet-knife for the infantry rifle of the 1888 model for rank and file was developed on the basis of the bayonet-knife of the 1886 model for the rifle of the Mannlicher system of the sample in 1886 and differs from the prototype only in the smaller inner diameter of the ring in the crosspiece. The bayonet-knife was used with rifles of the Mannlicher system of the sample 1888 and 1890, as well as rework rifles of the sample 1888/90. In addition to use in their own army, bayonet-knives of this model were produced in Austria-Hungary for export, for example, to Bulgaria and Siam. During the First World War, the bayonet-knives of the 1888 model were also manufactured by German manufacturers.
The bayonet blade is single-blade, with a hollow on both sides. The blade handle is formed by two wooden cheeks fastened with a shank with two rivets. The handle has a T-slot and a spring latch with an internal coil spring. The spider is straight, with a trunk ring formed by two legs, on the side of the blade butt. Steel sheath with hook and ball at the end.
The bayonet marking consists of the mark of the manufacturing plant on the heel of the blade and the scabbard hook. On the bayonet cross may be present its account number indicating the military unit to which it was assigned. On the opposite side of the crosspiece there is another number, already without indicating the military unit, probably the serial number of the bayonet.