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WW1 German Prussian Seitengewehr M.1871 Bayonet – Regimental Mark

WW1 German Prussian Seitengewehr M.1871 Bayonet – Regimental Mark

$725.00
Product code: 46

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A VERY GOOD GERMAN (PRUSSIAN) 'INFANTERIE-SEITENGEWEHR M.1871 BAYONET & TYPE II SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY MANUFACTURE DE KLINGENTHAL COULAUX & CIEIN 1874 AND UNIT MARKED TO RESERVE-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT PRINZ CARL (4. GROSSHERZOGLICH HESSISCHES) NR.118.  This bayonet, which is in very good original condition, was produced by one of the rarest M/71 manufacturers; Manufre de Klingenthal Coulaux & Cie and is unit marked to a famous Hessian infantry regiment: Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Carl (4. Großherzoglich Hessisches) Nr.118. as indicated by the stamps 118.R.R.1.14. on the crossguard. 

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Sg71 - Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Carl (4. Großherzoglich Hessisches) Nr.118

A VERY GOOD GERMAN (PRUSSIAN) 'INFANTERIE-SEITENGEWEHR M.1871 BAYONET & TYPE II SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY MANUFACTURE DE KLINGENTHAL COULAUX & CIEIN 1874 AND UNIT MARKED TO RESERVE-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT PRINZ CARL (4. GROSSHERZOGLICH HESSISCHES) NR.118.  This bayonet, which is in very good original condition, was produced by one of the rarest M/71 manufacturers; Manufre de Klingenthal Coulaux & Cie and is unit marked to a famous Hessian infantry regiment: Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Carl (4. Großherzoglich Hessisches) Nr.118. as indicated by the stamps 118.R.R.1.14. on the crossguard.  

In 1871, the first Mauser rifle was accepted by the German military and was designated Infanteriegewehr M1871 although it was 1873 before it was brought into service.  Several patterns of bayonets were issued with the rifle although the M1871, of which this is an example, was the most well regarded.  This brass handled sword bayonet was not entirely new as the hilt was the same as that used on the Prussian Engineer Rifle M1869 Pioneer Faschineenmesser.

This is a very good example of this rare type: lined brass hilt with a single M Fraktur acceptance marks stamped on the reverse, a round steel push button and steel leaf spring held by a steel screw.  'S' shaped steel crossguard with a full muzzle ring marked to Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Carl (4. Großherzoglich Hessisches) Nr.118. 1 Kompanie, Waffe 14. (118.R.R.1.14.) on the reverse and stamped with a M fraktur acceptance mark on the underside.  Single edged steel blade with wide rounded fullers dated Crown W74 on the back edge and stamped COULAUX & C G KLINGENTHAL on one ricasso.  The Type II scabbard which is constructed of brass mounted black leather and is stamped with a Fraktur acceptance mark on the reverse face.

This particular bayonet is a very good original example of the type from the highly regarded and rarely encountered Alsace manufacturing facility Manufre de Klingenthal Coulaux & Cie. As the name on the ricasso indicates; COULAUX & C G KLINGENTHAL were well known arms manufacturers from one the most famous armaments manufacturing towns in Alsace. The disastrous Franco-Prussian war of 1870 showed that the French had been right to move the government manufacture to Châtellerault; as in September 1870, Klingenthal was captured by the Germans. Alsace remained a German territory until 1918. The company subsequently began producing bayonets, like this example, for the German Empire (bearing the mark C ) but the firm was never able to challenge the established German manufacturers from Solingen. The making of tools and the few orders for blades for private swordmakers were not sufficient to stop the decline of the Manufre de Klingenthal Coulaux & Cie.  By 1910 there were only 100 of the original 600 workers stiil employed making blades

What makes this bayonet particularly special is its link to Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Carl (4. Großherzoglich Hessisches) Nr.118. The Regiment was recruited from the Grand Duchy of Hesse.  Headquartered in Darmstadt it formed part of XVIII Armeeekorps. During World War 1, as part of 50. Infanterie-Brigade (2. Großherzoglich Hessische) of Großherzoglich Hessische (25.) Division, it fought on the Western Front in many of the seminal battles of the war.  It’s combat record reads like an account of the key actions of the war including the Somme and Verdun.

These bayonets were used by German forces throughout World War 1, although as the war progressed they were increasingly relegated for use by rear area support units.  M.71 bayonets are known to have been highly sought after by Australian ‘Diggers’ and other Allied troops as ‘souvenirs’, probably because of their attractive appearance and so many ended up as souvenirs after the war.  Attached to this listing for reference is an excellent photograph of an infantryman of Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 7 with a similar bayonet attached to his rifle.

Makers: COULAUX & C G KLINGENTHAL
Overall Length: 600.0 mm
Blade Length: 470.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard): 28.0 mm
Scabbard: Type II. Brass mounted brown leather
Length Of Scabbard:  510.0 mm stamped with Imperial Fraktur acceptance marks on the locket and chape.

The markings are clearly visible, with COULAUX & C G KLINGENTHAL stamped on the obverse ricasso and the date of manufacture 74 (1874) on the back edge of the blade. The 18.5 inch patinated blade is very good consistent with age; The hilt is in excellent original condition and has a great patina while the pommel is correctly stamped with a clear Imperial ‘Fraktur’ acceptance mark (see picture).  The Type II Scabbard is in very good condition and like most the original leather body has stiffened and shrunk which is usual with these bayonets.  In summary, bayonet and scabbard are in first class original condition and are serviceable and tight.

This is a top quality example of a highly desirable bayonet in very good condition which is also unit marked and which still has its Type II scabbard.  A rare and sought after bayonet, you will not find a better example anywhere, it’s a ripper. 

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 3.0000
Country of Origin German
Pattern Sg 71
Bayonet Type Sword
Maker COULAUX & C G KLINGENTHAL
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1874
Overall Length (mm) 600
Blade Length (mm) 470
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 28
Scabbard Sg71 Type II
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 510
Frog No