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US made Belgian Mauser M 1889 rifle and carbine. Serial number 6922 B. Excellent long bright finished fullered blade with American maker's name HOPKINS & ALLEN, ARMS Co, Norwich Conn, U.S.A. crisp on ricasso. Excellent bright finished pommel with T-slot and crossguard with quillon and muzzle ring; MRD 17,3 mm. Belgium serial number crisp on crossguard 6922 B.! Excellent wooden grips secured with two Belgium type fastener screws to the blade tang. No scabbard.
On August 4, 1915 during WWI, Belgium made a contract with Hopkins & Allen, Norwich, Conneticut, USA for 140.000 M 1889 rifles and 10.000 carbines. However in 1916 Hopkins & Allen went bankrupt. At that moment only a small part of the order was produced and delivered. What was finally delivered and if it was ever complete, is unknown. May be that is also the reason why this bayonet is seldom found with a scabbard. The delivery was simply not completed.
Over the years we have had several Hopkins & Allan made bayonets, but not a single one with a scabbard!
This well made bayonet is quite rare and forms often a slot in a collection of Belgium bayonets. EXCELLENT example!