My designation of this marking as "Bayerische Eisenbahn" is certainly provisional. Thank you for the picture of your "BE" marked Bavarian Reichsrevolver. It is always nice to see identical markings on other weapons.
Here is my logic. My S98/05 bayonet was Bavarian issue with Crown/L over 18 markings on the spine and it has not been reworked with the exception of the "BE" branded marking on both grips. This would indicate to me that this "BE" marking is probably between 1918 and 1927. I have seen very similar branded markings with the distinctive "B" and "E" on Bavarian Einwohnerwehr weapons. If this were an Einwohnerwehr marking it would be "EWB" as seen on other Bavarian Einwohnerwehr weapons. It is something different. There is a striking similarity between these two branded markings and the dies used to make them. This leads me to believe they are in fact Bavarian markings on both your pistol and my bayonet.
The Königlich Bayerischen Staatseisenbahn ceased to exist as that named entity at the end of the war in say, December of 1918. German Eisenbahner were in flux during the interim time from 1918 to 1924. The Staats-Eisenbahn-Verwaltungen were merged into the "Deutsche-Reichsbahn-Geselleschaft" only in 1924. I believe this marking is very probibly from the time period from 1918-1924.
As I say, it is only an unproven theory at this point but it seems logical to me that the "Königliche Bayerischen Staatseisenbahn" would evolve into an entity identified as the "Bayerischen Eisenbahn."
I could be persuaded otherwise with contrary logic or period marking protocols. What do you feel the "BE" marking represents?
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