Original German WWI Seitengewehr M1884/98 II Sawback Bayonet by J.A. Henckels with Scabbard - dated 1916
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an very nice example of the rare M-1884/98 Sawback Bayonet (Seitengewehr), intended for use on the Mauser GEW 98 rifle. This bayonet design is based on the earlier M1871/84 bayonet with a 10 inch blade, and the first model of these were converted from those bayonets. This example was purpose made for the GEW 98, and was not converted. The sawback version of these are very rare, and seldom seen. The third model of the M1884/98 became the standard bayonet for the k98k rifle used during WWII.
This example has a very nice set of original wood grips, with a very nice hilt with a little rust and a great patina. Bayonet lock is fully functional. The blade ricasso is clearly maker marked:
(TWINS TRADEMARK LOGO)
The blade is also dated on the blade's spine 16 under a proof mark of a Crown over W., for Kaiser Wilhelm II, and the year the bayonet was accepted. The blade is in good condition, showing some sharpening. The original bright finish has faded a bit, with some light rust pitting. The original "sawback" is still quite sharp.
The steel mounted leather scabbard is in good condition, with the expected wear from age. The stitching has split open, and there is a horizontal split on one side just above the drag. The throat also has a crossed out regimental marking reading 79. R. 12. 76., for the 79th (3rd Hannover) Infantry "von Voigts-Rhetz" Regiment.
All in all a nice example of the very rare M1884/94 II Sawback Bayonet of WWI, in good shape with scabbard. Ready to display!
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