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2nd Maori War - New Zealand Snider Sawback 1st Type Sword Bayonet & Scabbard 1874/5

2nd Maori War - New Zealand Snider Sawback 1st Type Sword Bayonet & Scabbard 1874/5

$1,550.00
Product code: 4

Availability: SOLD

Quick Overview:

This superb Snider Sawback Bayonet 1st Type has an excellent 18.1 inch (460mm) long sawbacked fullered blade.  The grips are black chequered leather secured to the tang by two rivets and are in better condition than any similar bayonets I have seen.  The crossguard is stamped with the armoury rack number 667 which is one of the lowest recorded on these bayonets.  The original scabbard is leather and steel with a teardrop fixing stud and the early 1st Type square chape.  It is tight and undamaged and fitted with a contemporaneous British made leather frog stamped on the rear face BLACKWELL G.L. LONDON.

Details

Superb 2nd MaoriWar Era Snider Short Rifle Sword Bayonet manufactured under contract by W.R. Kirschbaum in Solingen, Germany in 1874/5.

This ‘investment quality’ bayonet is designated Snider Sawback Bayonet 1st Type byIan D. Skennerton & Robert Richardson in their seminal reference ‘British & Commonwealth Bayonets’(page 357/8) was manufactured under contract in Germany by W.R. Kirschbaum of Solingen, Germany in 1874/5 and was designed to fit the Snider Short Rifle (Carbine).  The Snider Sawback Bayonet 1st Type is distinct from the 2nd Type bayonet in that the latter type was a conversion of the earlier Pattern 1875 and was made for a different model under a different contract.  The Type 2 has a longer blade than the 1st Type and the leaf spring and press-stud are on the opposite sides.  Also the conversion dates 0f 1880/1881 are stamped into the ricasso.  Skennerton & Richardson indicate that its likely that only 2600 of these bayonets were purchased by New Zealand, making them extremely rare, especially in this sort of condition.

This superb Snider Sawback Bayonet 1st Type has an excellent 18.1 inch (460mm) long sawbacked fullered blade.  The grips are black chequered leather secured to the tang by two rivets and are in better condition than any similar bayonets I have seen.  The crossguard is stamped with the armoury rack number 667 which is one of the lowest recorded on these bayonets.  The original scabbard is leather and steel with a teardrop fixing stud and the early 1st Type square chape.  It is tight and undamaged and fitted with a contemporaneous British made leather frog stamped on the rear face BLACKWELL G.L. LONDON.  This bayonet is in exactly the condition it was purchased (with one other) from a well known collector in Brisbane. 

Snider rifles began to arrive in New Zealand as the 2nd Maori War drew to close.  Its introduction coincided with its introduction into British service and it was issued to Imperial troops and volunteers in New Zealand.  The first sizable orders for firearms from New Zealand began around the same time (1874/5) and the most popular weapon was the Snider in its various forms.  Some of these weapons, the short rifled carbines, were ordered with sawback bayonets even though this bayonet was not in production in Britain at the time.  As a consequence the bayonets were contracted out to the well-known German manufacturer Kirschbaum in Solingen.  Their knights head trademark is stamped into the obverse ricasso.  Attached to this listing for reference is a superb photograph of the Constabulary Force at Kāwhia, New Zealand in 1884.  Two of the constables have similar bayonets fitted to their Sniders.

This bayonet is in excellent original condition and is clearly marked.  As Skennerton and Richardson note in their  book, the markings on the 1st Type are interesting; “the War Dept. mark and reversed arrows indicate acceptance into British stores, and then sale out of service, which is unusual for a bayonet which did not see any British service, but was purchased via the war office, especially for New Zealand”.  Rack numbers are stamped onto the crossguard and were matched to rifles. This example is stamped with the very low rack number 667 indicating it was one of the very first purchased.  On the obverse ricasso the bayonet is correctly marked with the trademark of the well-known German manufacturer Kirschbaum of Solingen who produced the first batch of New Zealand Snider Sawbacks in 1874/5.  The reverse ricasso is correctly stamped with opposing War Department (WD) broad arrow ownership mark indicating the weapon was ‘sold out of service’ and the RSAF Birmingham inspectors mark of a crown over B over 21.  The scabbard is stamped on frog stud with a War Department (WD) broad arrow ownership mark and the letters E-M.

This is a superb mid nineteenth century bayonet from a great maker in excellent original condition: steel and leather chequerboard hilt with a steel press button release catch, secured by a single steel screw bolt, steel crossguard with muzzle ring and flat finial crossguard.  Single edged sawback fullered steel blade with top flattened ridge.

Maker:  Kirschbaum Solingen
Overall Length: 597.0 mm
Blade Length:  460.0 mm
MRD:  20.0 mm
Scabbard: 1st Type - Steel and embossed leather with a teardrop fixing stud
Overall length of scabbard:  489.0 mm
 
From Australia, an ‘investment quality’ example of an extremely rare and highly sought after New Zealand Snider Sawback Bayonet 1st Type used at the close of the 2nd Maori War.  In superb ‘as found’ condition and the only one I have seen on the net for some considerable time.  You will not find a better example anywhere - guaranteed.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.1000
Country of Origin British, Other
Pattern No
Bayonet Type Sawback
Maker No
Year of Manufacture (circa) No
Overall Length (mm) 100
Blade Length (mm) 100
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 100
Scabbard No
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) No
Frog No