Item:
ON11608

Original Rare British Martini-Henry P-1875 Pioneer Sawback Sword Bayonet by Gebrüder Weyersberg with Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition M-1875 Sawback bayonet, issued for the British Martini-Henry rifle. These are really hard to find as they were considered too short to combat soldiers on horseback, with only an 18" blade. The bayonet measures 23 1/2" in overall length. In 1879 an improved 25 3/4" bladed Saw back Bayonet with a single bar handguard was adopted, replacing the shorter P-1875 bayonet. Most of the earlier bayonets were discarded or salvaged for their steel.

This example bears the manufacturer's logo of a Königskopf (King's Head) on the blade ricasso, the logo of Gebrüder Weyersberg, Waffenfabrik, founded in 1787 by the brothers Johan William and Peter to manufacture sword and knife blades. By 1850 they were located on Kölnerstrasse in the Ohligs area of the City of Solingen. From 1859 onward they operated a factory on Hochstrasse in the same area. Called "The City of Blades", Solingen is a world-renowned edged weapon area, with a history dating back to the middle ages. The Weyersberg family itself had a history of swordmaking going back at least 6 generations. The company had numerous contacts and customers in Europe, and supplied weapons to Napoleon's army, as well as to the Prussian and Russian armies during the 19th century.

The sudden death of Hermann Weyersberg in 1883 caused a management issue, and the manufacturing portion of the company was amalgamated with W.R. Kirschbaum to form the well-known firm of Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co. As part of this agreement the sales and trading portion of Weyersberg continued under numerous brand names. For more information please see J. Anthony Carter’s work GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS.

Condition of the bayonet is very good, with light overall staining to the once bright steel blade and fittings. The grip plates are hard checkered leather over wood, secured by rivets and a long catch spring, and are also in great shape. Bayonet comes complete with steel mounted black leather scabbard.

Please see Watts & White’s fine work, BAYONETS OF THE WORLD, page number 378, item 778. In excellent condition, an extremely rare British Martini-Bayonet, complete with scabbard and ready to Display!

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