Original Belgian Terssen Model 1868 Pioneer Sawback Bayonet for Comblain Rifle dated 1879 with Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: One Only. This is a fine example of the rare early Model 1868 Pioneer Saw back Bayonet, originally designed for the Belgian Terssen Rifle. However the Terssen was relatively quickly replaced by the M1870 Comblain rifle, which was designed with the same mounting parameters, so most of these saw service with the Comblain, especially when dated well after the Terssen was obsoleted.

This bayonet used as the prototype for the German 1871 Pioneer Saw back, with a very heavy blade for chopping wood. Up until WWI, this style of bayonet was common for "Pioneer" troops, light engineering soldiers that prepared for later troops. Contrary to rumors, the back of the bayonet really was for sawing wood, not a device to inflict grievous wounds on enemies. However, rumors proved stronger than truth, and by WW1 the saw back bayonet was on the way out. For more information, please see Watts & White, The Bayonet Book, Page 34 Item No. 77.

Our example is dated 1879 on the ricasso, along with serial number V 2903 on the crossguard. There are also Belgian maker markings on both sides of the blade. The bayonet comes with its original brass mounted leather scabbard, marked 1888 with serial number V1270. The bayonet has a lovely lightly oxidized patina, and was never sharpened. The sawback is still in very good shape, and the catch still works great. The scabbard is also in good shape, though the locket is missing one of the staples that attaches to the leather body, and there is also finish flaking on the leather.

A beautifully matured specimen that would make a great addition to any bayonet collection.

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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