Original Austrian M1867/73 Werndl-Holub Rifle Shortened Bayonet marked ANT. STRIBERNY 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 Originally made with a 22 1/2" long "Yataghan" saber blade, it was shortened to 18 1/2" after 1873, when the Werndl-Holub design was revised, resulting in the Model 1867/73.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 small coat of arms on the other side, surrounded by ANT / STRIBERNY. This maker marking has been seen on other Werndl bayonets, however we have not been identify the maker, except that they are believed to operate in Vienna. Bayonets marked by this maker are definitely rarer than those made by Steyr. It also is marked on the end of the cross guard with a partial regimental marking. 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 show light wear, with some rounding of the edges, and a few small dents.
The blade is in very good condition, and has been arsenal sharpened, and shows only some scattered stains and rust. The included steel scabbard is also in good shape, with some minor dents on the outside that do not interfere with sheathing the blade. It has an overall oxidized patina, and there are still remnants of a leather bayonet frog attached to the end of the scabbard.
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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