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WW1 German Ersatz (EB 47) Knife Bayonet & Type VII Scabbard

WW1 German Ersatz (EB 47) Knife Bayonet & Type VII Scabbard

$575.00
Product code: 61

Availability: In stock

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FIRST WORLD WAR GERMAN 'ERSATZ' (SUBSTITUTE) MAUSER KNIFE BAYONET (EB 47 - CARTER) FITTED WITH A TYPE VII ERSATZ SCABBARD MANUFACTURED TO FIT THE GEWEHR 88 COMMISSION RIFLE AND THE GEWEHR 98. This EB47 'Ersatz' (German for substitute) bayonet is fitted with a Type VII ersatz scabbard in very good condition. It's pressed steel hilt type with an open muzzle ring and retains traces of its original 'Feld-grau' paint on both bayonet and scabbard.

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FIRST WORLD WAR GERMAN 'ERSATZ' (SUBSTITUTE) MAUSER KNIFE BAYONET (EB 47 - CARTER) FITTED WITH A TYPE VII ERSATZ SCABBARD MANUFACTURED TO FIT THE GEWEHR 88 COMMISSION RIFLE AND THE GEWEHR 98. This bayonet is a good example of what Anthony Carter in his seminal ‘German Bayonets, Volume III’ and Roy Williams in his excellent reference work ‘The Collectors Book of German Bayonets 1680-1945 Part Two’ classify as an EB 47 knife bayonet. This EB47 'Ersatz' (German for substitute) bayonet is fitted with a Type VII ersatz scabbard in very good condition. It's pressed steel hilt type with an open muzzle ring and retains traces of its original 'Feld-grau' paint on both bayonet and scabbard. Unlike many of the Ersatz bayonets seen on e-bay, this example was not sold or transferred to the Turks and was not adapted by them or ‘Turked’ as it is euphemistically termed.

The introduction of these 'Ersatz' bayonets dates back to the early days of WW1, when Germany could not meet, from existing stocks and production facilities, the increased demand for equipment from the rapidly expanding Imperial German Forces (consisting of Prussian, Saxon and Bavarian Army’s).   Attempts were therefore made to supplement the regular issue with simplified patterns. As no approved pattern was defined, many different variants exist, this one was designed to fit the Gewehr 88 and 98 rifles. Ersatz bayonets were by definition simple, mass produced and by pre-war standards, crude, weapons designed to fill a gap.  Many variations exist and most, unlike this EB 47, have plain steel hilts with integral pommel and grips and fullered or plain blades. All were issued with a field-grey painted finish. For reference a photograph of a similar Ersatz Kniffe Bayonet fitted to a Gew88 is attached to this listing.

This bayonet has a 2 piece pressed steel hilt with round oil hole, contoured steel crossguard with round upturned quillon with a single diameter open muzzle ring.  Single edge fullered steel blade stamped with a 'Fraktur' (acceptance mark) on the back edge of the blade. Scabbard is the all steel ersatz type VII with bladed fixing lug and ball tipped finial. 

Type: EB47
Overall Length: 428.0 mm
Blade Length:  308.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  25.5 mm
Scabbard:  Steel Ersatz Type VII
Overall Length of Scabbard: 330.0 mm

The blade has been stamped with a crown ‘Fraktur’ acceptance mark although the actual letter is obscured. The fullered sharpened steel blade is very good and nicely patinated (see photos).  The originally field grey painted hilt is also very good with an excellent patina (see pictures). The Type VII ersatz steel scabbard is in similar condition with much of its original field-grey painted finish still present.  That part of the scabbard paint that was once protected by the scabbard frog is unfaded and in outstanding original condition. The bayonet has not been ‘turked’.

This bayonet shows clear evidence of field use although in my view that only adds to its appeal.  If, like me you prefer your bayonets to show evidence of use then this bayonet will be right up your street.  It’s an Australian sourced bayonet, probably a First War souvenir, and has a quite outstanding patina.  This ones a ripper. 

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.2000
Country of Origin German
Pattern EB47
Bayonet Type Knife
Maker N/K
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1914
Overall Length (mm) 428
Blade Length (mm) 308
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 25.5
Scabbard Type VII
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 330
Frog No