Original Imperial German M-1898/05 n/A Butcher Sawback Bayonet and Scabbard by Weyersber, Kirschbaum & Cie of Solingen - Dated 1915
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good example of the M-1898/05 Bayonet (Seitengewehr), which was the most common German Bayonet of the First World War. It was intended for use on the standard issue service rifle of Imperial Germany: the Mauser-designed Gewehr 98 (GEW 98). It features a heavy 14.5-inch steel blade with distinct bulge toward the point, giving extra weight and power to the business end, known as a "butcher blade". This version is known as n/A (neuer Art = newer model). This second pattern lacks the first pattern's vestigial muzzle ring (or 'ears') and has a flash guard on the back of the grip.
This example has a very desirable "sawback" blade, which was intended for use by pioneers to saw through brush and obstacles. Unfortunately a rumor got out that it was intended to inflict grievous harm on enemies, so a lot of the sawback bayonets had this feature removed, making them hard to find. This example has a blade in very good condition. There is staining and minor rust, just overall wear from cleaning. It does not appear to have been sharpened much, and the sawback itself is in excellent condition.
The pommel has a nice set of original grooved wood grips, though they are somewhat dark in color due to staining, and the hilt has some surface oxidation due to age. Bayonet lock is fully functional.
The blade ricasso is maker marked:
The blade is dated on the blade's spine 15 under a proof mark of a Crown over W, for Kaiser Wilhelm II, and the year the bayonet was accepted (1915). There is also an inspector proof under the date marking.
The blade is in good condition, though it does have some staining and wear, and has been sharpened, though not enough to change the blade shape. Please consult the pictures for condition details.
The steel clad leather scabbard is in good condition and the original blued finish is not present and there are areas of light surface rust and pitting, typical of a 100 year old scabbard. The frog button is still intact and unbent. There are a few dents and dings at the bottom of the scabbard but this does not affect the bayonet resting in the scabbard. The leather does show wear but it is still quite sound with solid stitching present. The leather frog is also in wonderful condition with all stitching intact.
A fine example of what is becoming a difficult bayonet to find in such fine condition, never messed with, just the way we like to find them, ready to display.
Blade length: 14 1/2”
Blade Style: Single Edged "Butcher" with Fuller & Sawback
Overall length: 19 3/4”
Crossguard: 2 3/4”
Scabbard length: 15 1/4"
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