Original Rare German WWI M1898/05 a/A Butcher Sawback Parade Bayonet with "High Horns" by WKC

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice 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 a/A (alter Art = old model). These early pattern bayonets were made with a vestigial muzzle ring, known as "high horns", and did not have a flashguard on the back of the grip.

Almost all examples of the a/A would later have the "horns" ground away, even on "Parade" models, so it is very rare to find an intact example such as this!

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 is a very interesting "parade" version of the "old model" butcher sawback, and is entirely nickel plated, with a factory "blunt" blade. It has a very nice set of original grooved wood grips, which show only light wear with some small dents and scratches. The hilt has a functional bayonet lock, and is in really good condition. The spine of the blade does not have any proof or inspector markings, indicating that it was privately purchased for parade use.

The blade is marked on the ricasso with the double trademark "King's Helmet" (Ritter-helm) alongside a "Kings's Head" (königskopf) logo of legendary German maker Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie of Solingen, over the firms initials of W K & C. This trademark is used on privately purchased blades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and is absolutely correct for this bayonet. For more information please see J. Anthony Carter’s work GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS.

The bayonet comes with a correct blued steel scabbard in very good condition, with only a bit of oxidation and wear to the finish.

A very interesting Parade example of a hard to find German Butcher Sawback bayonet, complete with scabbard. 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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