AN EXCELLENT ORIGINAL FIRST WORLD WAR GERMAN (PRUSSIAN) MAUSER'SEITENGEWEHR 98/05 nA BUTCHER BLADED BAYONET AND SCABBARD. This bayonet, which is in excellent original condition, was produced in 1915 by one of least common and most highly sought after S98/05 manufacturers. It is probably the most famous of many different models used by the German Armies throughout World War 1. And is fitted with its original scabbard.
(often abbreviated to S98/05 or even'the Butcher Blade'), with the 98 referring to the rifle and carbine with which it was used and'05' standing for the year it was officially adopted. The nA designates that this is a neue Art (new type) as opposed to an alte Art (old type) version.This plain pattern model was carried by Infantry and Field Artillery troops. A superb early colour photograph. Of a Prussian infantryman with a similar bayonet fitted to his rifle is attached for reference. These nA neue Art bayonets are more numerous than the aA alte Art variety and are distinguishable from the earlier type by their low eared truncated muzzle ring: steel hilt with a round steel press button and internal spring, two piece 9 grooved wood grips with rectangular oil hole and steel flashguard, secured by two steel screw bolts, steel crossguard with truncated muzzle ring and upswept quillon.
Single edged sharpened steel blade with round fullers, the back edge of the blade stamped with Prussian Acceptance and ownership marks. (a N fraktur and an Imperial Crown over W for Kaiser Wilhelm II). This particular bayonet is an excellent museum quality example of the type from a highly regarded and rarely encountered maker.Fitted with a matching scabbard probably supplied by the same maker. Cannon had been produced in the town since the seventeenth century and was also home to the firms of Sauer, Merkel, Simson and V. The markings are clearly visible, with. It has Crown W 15 ownership & acceptance marks on the back edge of the blade indicating that this is a Prussian bayonet manufactured in 1915. The Crown W is the royal cipher of Kaiser Wilhelm II and signifies Prussian ownership.
The 14 inch sharpened blade is very good with thumbnail nicks and patination on both sides consistent with age and use. The hilt with its two 9 groove hardwood grips is in excellent condition with the pommel correctly stamped with a pair of Imperial N Fraktur acceptance marks. The original blued steel scabbard is in similar condition and is only lightly impact marked consistent with operational use. In summary, this bayonet and scabbard are in excellent original condition.From Australia, this is a first class museum quality example of a highly desirable German First World War Sg98/05nA bayonet in great condition. If, like me, you like your bayonets to exhibit evidence of field use, but still be in good original condition, you would have to go a long way to beat this blade. The items I list on ANZACBLADE e-bay are not dual listed on my website.
The item "WW1 German / Prussian Mauser Sg98/05nA Butcher Sword Bayonet & Scabbard 1915" is in sale since Tuesday, June 06, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\1914 - 1918 (WWI)".
The seller is "anzacblade" and is located in Griffith, ACT. This item can be shipped worldwide.