Original Portuguese Model 1885 Sword Bayonet By Steyr For The M1886 Kropatschek Rifle - With Scabbard and Frog
Original Item: Only One Available. This bayonet was designed for use with the M1885 Guedes single-shot rifle, of which 18,000 were in various stages of production at Steyr when Portugal decided to adopt the M1886 Kropatschek repeating rifle instead. Portugal paid for the Guedes', 8,000 of which were later completed by Steyr and sold to the Transvaal and the Orange Free State in South Africa.
The M1886 rifle takes its name from Austrian Alfred Ritter von Kropatshek, who designed the rifle's tubular magazine system. Both the rifle and its yataghan sword bayonet were produced by Steyr in Austria. According to Steyr records, 56,000 M1886 Kropatshek rifles were made for Portugal 1886–89, with an additional 1,000 produced in 1893–94.
The back of the blade is marked Steyr 1886., for manufacture by Österreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft, (ŒWG, Austrian Arms-Manufacturing Company), also commonly referred to as Steyr Werke. Steyr is an Austrian City just outside Vienna and at the time was the home of the entire Austrian arms production. They made Kropatschek rifles and bayonets under contract for shipment to Portugal. For more information please see Watts & White’s fine work THE BAYONET BOOK, Page 243, item 545.
Comes with original scabbard and leather belt frog. This bayonet is in exceptional condition with minor wear and rub marks on all items. The frog is still soft and has solid stitching, there is however minor cracking on the surface of the leather.
Comes more than ready for display!
Blade Length: 18 1/2"
Blade Style: Single-Edged Yataghan
Overall length: 23 1/2"
Scabbard Length: 19 1/2"
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