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WW1 German / Prussian Sg84/98mS (Sage) Sawback Knife Bayonet & Type II Scabbard

WW1 German / Prussian Sg84/98mS (Sage) Sawback Knife Bayonet & Type II Scabbard

$725.00
Product code: 60

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RARE FIRST WORLD WAR PRUSSIAN SECOND MODEL GERMAN MAUSER 'SEITENGEWEHR 84/98 mS SAWBACK BAYONET MANUFACTURED BY GEBR. HELLER MARIENTHAL WITH TYPE II SCABBARD MARKED WITH THE RACK NUMBER 44.  This Sg84/98mS (Sage) Sawback Bayonet & Scabbard, which is in very good condition, was manufactured in Germany during the First World War by the well-regarded firm of GEBR. HELLER MARIENTHAL.

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RARE FIRST WORLD WAR PRUSSIAN SECOND MODEL GERMAN MAUSER 'SEITENGEWEHR 84/98 mS SAWBACK BAYONET MANUFACTURED BY GEBR. HELLER MARIENTHAL WITH TYPE II SCABBARD MARKED WITH THE RACK NUMBER 44.  This Sg84/98mS (Sage) Sawback Bayonet & Scabbard, which is in very good condition, was manufactured in Germany during the First World War by the well-regarded firm of GEBR. HELLER MARIENTHAL.  The scabbard is marked with an armoury rack number 44. The first model bayonets to be designated Sg84/98 were produced in 1905.  They were re-worked Sg71/84 bayonets adapted to fit the Gewehr 98 Rifle (with the muzzle ring removed, a new pommel and shaped grips).  In 1915, the Sg84/98 designation was revived for newly produced 'Second Model' bayonets of which this is a very good example. 

These new Sg84/98 bayonets (which were to become the standard German bayonet until 1945) were actually a wartime expedient in that they were shorter, easier to manufacture and therefore cheaper to produce than the long Sg98 or the Sg98/05 'Butcher Bayonet'. They were produced in both plain and sawback varieties with the sawback version (designated mS) comprising approximately 15% of production.  As a consequence it is a much rarer variant.  These sawback pattern models were issued to Infantry Non-Commissioned Officers and elite Pioneer troops although as the war progressed the serrated edge was often ground off.  This was apparently done because British, Australian and Canadian troops took a less than charitable attitude towards German soldiers captured with sawback blades, although I suspect this story may be apocryphal. A great picture of a ‘veteran’ Landwehrman with a similar bayonet fixed to his rifle is attached for reference.

The blade is stamped on the obverse ricasso with the manufacturers name GEBR. HELLER MARIENTHAL. As with other bayonets manufactured by this maker and as noted by Roy Williams in his excellent reference ‘The Collectors Book of German Bayonets 1680-1945 Part One’ (page 505) this bayonet does not display a date or acceptance mark on the back edge of the blade. The very good 10-inch sawback blade is patinated along its entire length and the tip of the blade is blunted.  The sawblade teeth are excellent and complete. The handle with its hardwood grips is in very good original condition whilst the pommel is correctly stamped with a clear ‘Fraktur’ acceptance mark (see picture). The scabbard fitted to this bayonet is the rare Type II steel version marked with the correct central locking screw found on these Type II’s.  This heavy duty painted steel scabbard is in excellent condition and displays evidence of use consistent with age and employment.  The scabbard is unmarked.  In summary, bayonet and scabbard are in very good condition and are serviceable and tight.

This particular bayonet is a very good example of the type : steel hilt with a round steel press button and internal spring, two piece wood grips with rectangular oil hole and steel flashguard, secured by two steel screw bolts, steel crossguard with truncated muzzle ring and crossguard patinated consistent with age and use (see pictures).  Single edged sharpened sawbacked steel blade with round fullers stamped on obverse ricasso with the manufacturers name GEBR. HELLER MARIENTHAL.

Makers: GEBR. HELLER MARIENTHAL.
Overall Length: 392.0 mm
Blade Length: 257.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard): 24.5 mm
Scabbard: Type II steel
Overall Length of Scabbard:  287.0 mm

This is a very good example of a highly desirable bayonet from a highly regarded manufacturer in ‘used’ condition.  If you are after an early Sg 84/98 mS 'Sawback’, and like me prefer your bayonets to show evidence of use, have a good look at this bayonet, it’s fair dinkum.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.0000
Country of Origin German
Pattern Sg84/98mS
Bayonet Type Knife
Maker GEBR. HELLER MARIENTHAL
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1914
Overall Length (mm) 392
Blade Length (mm) 257
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 24.5
Scabbard Type II
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 287
Frog No