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Knife bayonet for use with the 7 mm. M1895 Mauser rifle produced for Chile by Ludwig Loewe and Deutsche Waffen-Und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) in Germany.
These bayonets were produced from 1895–1901. This example was made by Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co. of Solingen, Germany.
The three intertwined circles on the ricasso are the trademark of the famous steelworks, Krupp (pronounced 'Kroop'), who supplied the blade steel. The three rings symbolized the Radreifen—the seamless railway wheels patented in 1851 by Alfred Krupp. At the turn of the Century, when these bayonets were made, Krupp was the largest company in Europe.
Ricasso (left): "Weyersberg" over "Kirschbaum & Co." over "Solingen"
Ricasso (right): Chilean crest and intertwined circles.
|M1895||This example was made by the Austrian firm Oesterreichsche Waffenfabrik-Gesellschaft of Steyr.
Examples produced by Steyr are seldom encountered, suggesting that Steyr made far fewer M1895 bayonets than Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Co.
|9.875||251||14.625||371||.610||15.5||Ricasso (Left): "OE" over "W G" inside a circle
Ricasso (Right): Chilean crest
|M1895 Parade Bayonet||This example has been nickel-plated for parade use. The scabbard has been painted with a high-gloss lacquer.
The markings are no longer visible. The markings on M1895 bayonets are deeply struck, so this example saw considerable polishing before being plated.
The black-painted scabbard is not the typical Chilean M1895 scabbard, but appears to be the type used with the German M1884/98 Second Pattern bayonet.
|9.875||251||14.625||371||.610||15.5||Frog Stud: Downward arrow mark|
|Carabineros Yataghan 1908||Sidearm made from the French M1874 Gras sword bayonet and scabbard.
This sidearm utilizes the blade and crosspiece of the French M1874 Gras sword bayonet, mated to a cast brass hilt. The blade is shortened and the muzzle ring adjustment screw ground flush. The M1874 scabbard has the French frog loop replaced with a stylized brass frog stud and a brass chape added to close the shortened scabbard body.
According to the Museo Histórico Carabineros de Chile (Carabineros Historical Museum of Chile), this sidearm was designated Carabineros Yataghan 1908. They indicate that these were produced by the German firm Alex Coppel of Solingen for the Policías Fiscales (Fiscal Police).Increasing unrest and protests by Marxists gave rise to the need for a national police force. The Policías Fiscales were established in 1896 and became Chile’s first professional police. Although a police force, the Policías Fiscales also were involved in social policy related to children, establishing evening schools to educate poor children and their working parents; and shelters to keep orphaned and abandoned children away from street crime. In 1927, the Policías Fiscales and Arma dei Carabinieri (a mounted rural paramilitary police) merged to create the Carabineros de Chile, Chile’s present-day national police.
|11.50||292||15.75||400||.690||17.5||Blade (right): French proofmark
Crosspiece (left): French proofmark
Grip: Chilean National Crest
|M1912||Knife bayonet for use on the 7 mm. M1912 Mauser rifles and carbines produced for Chile by the Austrian firm Oesterreichsche Waffenfabrik-Gesellschaft of Steyr. This bayonet also mounts to the Chilean M1935 carbine.
The M1912 rifle was based on the German Gewehr 98, so the existing M1895 bayonets would not work with the M1912 rifle.
These bayonets were made in 1912–1913 by Oesterreichsche Waffenfabrik-Gesellschaft of Steyr.
|10.00||254||15.00||381||.610||15.5||Ricasso (Right): Chilean crest
Ricasso (Left): "OE" over "W G"
Frog Stud: "B.7240"
|S.I.G. 510-4 Export Bayonet||Knife bayonet for the 7.62 mm. NATO caliber Model 510–4 assault rifle produced for Chile by the Swiss firm Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft of Neuhausen.
The 510-4 is a 7.62 mm. NATO version of the famous Stgw. 57, widely considered to be the Rolls-Royce of assault rifles.
The 510-4 bayonet is very similar to the Swiss Stgw. 57 bayonet, differing in the design of the crosspiece and pommel. The 510-4 scabbard is made of shiny black plastic and has a squarish point, where the Stgw. 57 scabbard is made of matte black plastic and has a rounded point. The differences are apparent in these comparison images.
Chile adopted the 510-4 in 1966. They procured a total of 36,000 rifles, 15,000 of which were produced in Italy by Beretta. The bayonets were also believed to have been made by S.I.G., since they do not bear the Waffenfabrik Bern trademark, as do the Stgw. 57 bayonets.
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