Original Austrian M1867/73 Werndl-Holub Rifle Shortened Bayonet by ŒWG Steyr with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of the Saber bayonet designed for the Austrian M-1867 Werndl-Holub Rifle, with the early leaf spring bayonet catch design and hard gutta percha grips. Originally made with a 22 1/2" long "Yataghan" saber blade, it was shortened to 18 1/2" after 1873, when the Werndl-Holub design was revised, resulting in the Model 1867/73. It comes complete with its original steel scabbard, designed to fit the 'Yataghan' shaped blade, and shortened for the new blade length.
The Bayonet is stamped on the blade with the Austrian Eagle proof, as well as a partial Œ / WG, the marking for Österreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft (Austrian Arms-Manufacturing Company), abbreviated as ŒWG. Steyr Mannlicher firearms production would be a division this company. It also is marked on the end of the cross guard with a regimental marking, now partly obscured by dried grease and rust. The bayonet catch is fully functional.
The "gutta percha" grip scales are in good condition, with a lovely patina of age and no cracks or major chips. They do however show wear do the checkered texture as well as rounding of the edges from long service.
The blade is in very good condition, and has been arsenal sharpened, and shows almost no staining or rust. The included steel scabbard is in somewhat worse condition, with some dents near the throat and near the drag. The frog hook is also quite loose. None of this interferes with sheathing the blade.
For further information, please see Watts and White, THE BAYONET BOOK page 14, item 24.
Hard to find and ready to display!
Blade length: 18 1/2”
Blade Style: Single Edged "Yataghan" with Fuller
Overall length: 23 1/2”
Scabbard length: 20"
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