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WW1 German/Prussian Mauser Sg 98/05nA Butcher Sword Bayonet & Scabbard - 1916

WW1 German/Prussian Mauser Sg 98/05nA Butcher Sword Bayonet & Scabbard - 1916

$375.00
Product code: 66

Availability: SOLD

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A VERY GOOD FIRST WORLD WAR GERMAN (PRUSSIAN) MAUSER 'SEITENGEWEHR 98/05nA BUTCHER BLADED BAYONET AND MATCHING SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY STAHLBLUME FERD. SCLEUTERMANN REMSCHEID-HASTEN IN 1916.This bayonet, which is in very good original condition, was produced in 1916 by the highly regarded S98/05 manufacturer; STAHLBLUME FERD. SCLEUTERMANN REMSCHEID-HASTEN.  It is probably the most famous of many different models used by the German Armies throughout World War 1 and is fitted with a matching scabbard.

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A VERY GOOD FIRST WORLD WAR GERMAN (PRUSSIAN) MAUSER 'SEITENGEWEHR 98/05nA BUTCHER BLADED BAYONET AND MATCHING SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY STAHLBLUME FERD. SCLEUTERMANN REMSCHEID-HASTEN IN 1916.This bayonet, which is in very good original condition, was produced in 1916 by the highly regarded S98/05 manufacturer; STAHLBLUME FERD. SCLEUTERMANN REMSCHEID-HASTEN.  It is probably the most famous of many different models used by the German Armies throughout World War 1 and is fitted with a matching scabbard. 

Its official designation is 'SEITENGEWEHR 98/05 nA' (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 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 unsharpened steel blade with round fullers, the back edge of the blade stamped with Prussian Acceptance and ownership marks (a B fraktur and an Imperial Crown over W for Kaiser Wilhelm II) and dated 1916 (16)

Maker: STAHLBLUME FERD. SCLEUTERMANN REMSCHEID-HASTEN
Overall Length: 500.0 mm
Blade Length: 354.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  26.0 mm
Scabbard: Steel, Sg98/05nA
Overall Length of Scabbard:  388.0 mm

The markings are clearly visible, with STAHLBLUME FERD. SCLEUTERMANN REMSCHEID-HASTEN trademark Angel Gabriel stamped on one ricasso.  It has Crown W 16 ownership & acceptance marks on the back edge of the blade indicating that this is a Prussian bayonet manufactured in 1916. The Crown W is the royal cipher of Kaiser Wilhelm II and signifies Prussian ownership. The 14 inch sharpened steel blade is very good with a smooth patination on both sides consistent with age and use.  The hilt with its two 9 groove hardwood grips is in good patinated condition with the pommel correctly stamped with two feint Imperial B ‘Fraktur’ acceptance marks. 

The matching steel scabbard is not stamped which is usual for STAHLBLUME weapons. This bayonet was almost certainly operationally used as evidenced by the compression mark about a third of the way up the outer face of the scabbard.  This is a well-known characteristic and is commonly seen on this pattern of scabbard.   It was made by the ‘Landser’ who carried it to prevent the bayonet rattling in its scabbard and giving away his position.  In summary, bayonet and scabbard are in first class original condition and are serviceable and tight.

From Australia, this is a first class and original 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.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.5000
Country of Origin German
Pattern Sg 98/05nA
Bayonet Type Sword
Maker STAHLBLUME FERD. SCLEUTERMANN REMSCHEID-HASTEN
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1916
Overall Length (mm) 500
Blade Length (mm) 354
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 26
Scabbard Sg 98/05
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 388
Frog No