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WW1 German / Ottoman Turkish Sg98/05nA Bayonet & Scabbard 1917 - Afghan Souvenir

WW1 German / Ottoman Turkish Sg98/05nA Bayonet & Scabbard 1917 - Afghan Souvenir

$245.00
Product code: 77

Availability: SOLD

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A FIRST WORLD WAR GERMAN 'SEITENGEWEHR Sg98/05nA BUTCHER BLADED BAYONET AND SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER - A.G. OBERNDORF a.N. IN 1917 AND MODIFIED BY THE OTTOMAN TURKS TO EQUIP THEIR GEW1898 RIFLES. THIS BAYONET WAS LATER SOLD TO AFGHANISTAN. IT WAS RECOVERED DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM IN 2005.  This bayonet was originally produced in Germany in 1917 by one of most highly regarded S98/05 manufacturers; WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER - A.G. OBERNDORF a.N. as a plain bladed variant. It was later adapted by the Turks to equip the 'Export Pattern' 7.65mm Mauser Rifle, had its blade and scabbard shortened. It was then sold to the Afghans and was recovered by a coalition soldier taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2005.


 

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A FIRST WORLD WAR GERMAN 'SEITENGEWEHR Sg98/05nA BUTCHER BLADED BAYONET AND SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER - A.G. OBERNDORF a.N. IN 1917 AND MODIFIED BY THE OTTOMAN TURKS TO EQUIP THEIR GEW1898 RIFLES. THIS BAYONET WAS LATER SOLD TO AFGHANISTAN. IT WAS RECOVERED DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM IN 2005.  This bayonet, is a very good example of the type designated ‘REFERENCE #44-42111in Dennis D. Ottobre's excellent CD ROM reference 'Observations on Turkish Bayonets' published in 2002. It was originally produced in Germany in 1917 by one of most highly regarded S98/05 manufacturers; WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER - A.G. OBERNDORF a.N. as a plain bladed variant. It was later adapted by the Turks to equip the 'Export Pattern' 7.65mm Mauser Rifle, had its blade and scabbard shortened. It was then sold to the Afghans and was recovered by a coalition soldier taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2005.

Interestingly, many Turkish knife bayonets have been recovered from Afghanistan since Coalition Forces began operations there in late 2001. It’s believed that the Turks supplied Afghan forces with arms between the mid 1940’s and late 1950’s although Dennis D. Ottobre in his reference Bayonets of Afghanistan' says that he believes that most Turkish sourced bayonets found in Afghanistan where supplied to groups fighting the Soviets in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. However the bayonets ended up there, most of the examples seen on e-bay from Australia, the US and the UK have been bought out by Coalition troops returning home from operations. This particular bayonet is one of those and was originally sourced in Afghanistan. A First World War photograph of Ottoman Turkish troops equipped with Sg98/05nA bayonets is attached to this listing for reference.

Germany supplied Ottoman Turkish forces with large quantities of Sg98/05 bayonets of all types during WW1. The fact that this bayonet has been shortened from its original configuration, and the post 1928 serial number 6907 on the crossguard,indicate that it remained in Turkish service until after 1928 when it was converted. The original Sg 98/05 scabbard has been shortened to fit this bayonet and shows evidence of long hard use which is common with these weapons

This particular bayonet is a good example of the Turkish adapted Sg98/05na from a highly regarded maker fitted with its original shortened scabbard: steel hilt with a round steel press button and internal spring, two piece grooved wood grips with rectangular oil hole and cut down steel flashguard, secured by two steel screw bolts, steel crossguard with part muzzle ring and upswept quillon. Single edged short sharpened steel blade with round fullers, the back edge of the blade stamped with a Prussian Acceptance Mark of a Crown W for Keiser Wilhelm II and dated 1917 (17) while the hilt spine is marked with the Ottoman Turkish ownership mark of a crescent moon and star.

Type: German Sg98/05nA (Turkish Modified)
Overall Length: 385.0 mm
Blade Length: 250.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard): 26.0 mm
Scabbard: Shortened Sg 98/05.
Overall length of scabbard: 268.0 mm

The markings are clearly visible, with WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER - A.G. OBERNDORF a.N. stamped on one ricasso, the date 17 (1917) on the back edge of the blade and the Ottoman Turkish ownership mark of a crescent moon and star on the hilt spine. The short 250mm sharpened steel blade is in very good condition. The hilt with its two worn 9 groove hardwood grips is also in very good original condition, showing evidence of use consistent with age (see picture). The original shortened Sg 98/05 blued steel scabbard is in similarly good condition with the characteristic compression marking common on Turkish and Afghan weapons.

From Australia, a short Sg98/05nA bayonet in good condition, which was employed by Turkish, and Afghan Forces and which was recovered from Afghanistan during Coalition operations there in 2005. A really evocative bayonet with a great patina and a fascinating provenance; you won’t find better.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.1000
Country of Origin German, Turkish
Pattern Sg 98/05nA
Bayonet Type Knife
Maker WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER - A.G. OBERNDORF a.N.
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1917
Overall Length (mm) 385
Blade Length (mm) 250
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 26
Scabbard Sg 98/05nA (Modified)
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 268
Frog No