Original Imperial German WWI Kurzes Seitengewehr M1898 Sawback Dress Bayonet with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of the rare Kurzes Seitengewehr (Short Sidearm) M1898 Sawback Dress Bayonet, complete with its parade style scabbard with a belt hanging loop and slot. This was just found in an old attic, untouched for decades, and we have left it as found to preserve the history and patina.
Intended for use on the Mauser GEW 98 rifle, the 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 in this size, and was not converted. The sawback version of these are very rare, and seldom seen. For more information on the variations of this type, please see Watts & White, The Bayonet Book, Pages 120-122
This example has a very nice set of original checkered bakelite grips, held in place by three steel rivets. We usually see these with leather grips, but WWI was during the time when Bakelite was first being popularized, so it was also sometimes used. The bird's head pommel is in good shape, with a lovely oxidized patina, and the bayonet lock is fully functional. It does not look like this bayonet was ever nickel plated, so it may have been issued "in the white".
The blade is in very good condition, with only a bit of staining on the bright finish, and the original "sawback" is still quite sharp. There are no markings of any type that we can see on the bayonet, which is common for dress examples, which were often bespoke. The steel scabbard has a lovely patinated appearance, and is still solid, with some small dents.
All in all a nice example of the very rare dress Short Model 1898 Sawback Bayonet of WWI, in good shape with the correct scabbard. Ready to display!
Blade length: 9 7/8”
Blade Style: Single Edged with Fuller & Sawback
Overall length: 15”
Crossguard: 1 1/2”
Scabbard length: 10 3/4"
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