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WW1 German Ersatz (British) P1853 Artillery Bayonet (Published)

WW1 German Ersatz (British) P1853 Artillery Bayonet (Published)

$2,750.00
Product code: 20

Availability: In stock

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Extremely Rare Ersatz (British) 2nd Pattern 1853 Artillery Bayonet. This actual bayonet is pictured on page 558 of Roy Williams seminal reference ‘The Collectors Book of German Bayonets 1680-1945 Part Two’ as bayonet number 805. It has been classified as 2nd Pattern 1853 Artillery – Modified Bayonet by Roy Williams. This bayonet is fitted with a French M1842 type scabbard with a long German frogstud. Roy Williams states that ‘only a very small number of British bayonets issued to German troops during the WW1 have been recorded, and of those the model 1907 is the most common’. This is one of the rarest bayonets I have ever sourced.

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Extremely Rare Ersatz (British) 2nd Pattern 1853 Artillery Bayonet.

This actual bayonet is pictured on page 558 of Roy Williams seminal reference ‘The Collectors Book of German Bayonets 1680-1945 Part Two’ as bayonet number 805. It has been classified as 2nd Pattern 1853 Artillery – Modified Bayonet by Roy Williams. This bayonet is fitted with a French M1842 type scabbard with a long German frogstud. Roy Williams states that ‘only a very small number of British bayonets issued to German troops during the WW1 have been recorded, and of those the model 1907 is the most common’. This is one of the rarest bayonets I have ever sourced.

Roy Williams describes this bayonet as a ‘2nd Pattern 1853 Artillery – Modified Bayonet: steel hilt with a steel push button and riveted external leaf spring, the ‘T’ attachment slot lengthened from 42.0 – 49.5mm. two piece chequered leather grips secured by four steel rivets, steel crossguard with the muzzle ring completely removed and ground flush to the back of the hilt. Single edge yataghan steel blade stamped with the Knights Head’ indicating that the bayonet was originally manufactured under contract by C R Kirschbaum – Solingen (see pictures). Roy Williams notes that this bayonet could have been issued as a sidearm however, attached to this listing is a photograph of a group of German soldiers one of who appears to be carrying a similar weapon.

This is almost certainly one of the rarest bayonets to have come onto the market in recent years. What makes this example particularly special, apart from its rarity, is the fact that it’s a published example. This is the last of four published examples I currently have in stock. Bayonets used to illustrate reference works rarely come up for sale and a bayonet like this, which appears in the definitive reference for German Ersatz types, is even less common.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.0000
Country of Origin British
Pattern Ersatz 2nd Pattern 1853 Artillery – Modified Bayonet
Bayonet Type Knife
Maker C R Kirschbaum - Solingen
Year of Manufacture (circa) No
Overall Length (mm) 713
Blade Length (mm) 577
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 31
Scabbard Black painted steel French M1842 type scabbard with a long German frogstud - see picture
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 596
Frog No