French Chassepot M1866 Bayonet Weyersberg German Maker


An interesting and rare French Chassepot m1866 Bayonet, that was made under contract by a German maker, just prior to the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.

The bayonet dates from around 1868 and has the 'Kings Head' maker's mark for Weyersberg of Solingen. The company was famous for making edged weapons, but amalgamated in 1883 with Kirsenbaum to form W.K.C.

The Kaiser was reportedly asked if it was wise to supply bayonets to the French, to which he responded: "why not? We'll get them back quite soon."

The Bayonet is in good condition, with matching numbers scabbard, but has lost the scabbard 'frog-clip'. The numbers are 139. The French issue numbers on the cross-guard are x44217. After the 1870-1871 War, the majority of these bayonets were returned to Germany as reparations. This example is not of those, but pre-war.

Size: 70.5 x 10 x 2.2cm
Ring Diameter: 17.6mm
Weight: 976g