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WW1 Turkish M1874 Peabody Yataghan Bayonet & Scabbard - SÜNGÜ 1291

WW1 Turkish M1874 Peabody Yataghan Bayonet & Scabbard - SÜNGÜ 1291

$775.00
Product code: 73

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TURKISH M1874 PEABODY YATAGHAN BAYONET AND SCABBARD AND MANUFACTURED UNDER CONTRACT IN THE USA BY THE PROVIDENCE TOOL COMPANY TO EQUIP THE .45 INCH PEABODY MARTINI RIFLE.   This bayonet is an example of the type designated M1874 . The Ottoman Turkish Empire let a contract with the Providence Tool Company of Rhode Island, USA provide .45 Inch Peabody Martini Rifles for the Army.  Most of these weapons were equipped with the M1874 cruciform socket bayonet but those provided for use by Non-commissioned Officers were supplied with the M1874 Yataghan Bayonet.  This bayonet is one of those.

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TURKISH M1874 PEABODY YATAGHAN BAYONET AND SCABBARD AND MANUFACTURED UNDER CONTRACT IN THE USA BY THE PROVIDENCE TOOL COMPANY TO EQUIP THE .45 INCH PEABODY MARTINI RIFLE.   This bayonet is an example of the type designated M1874 in Dennis D. Ottobre's excellent CD ROM reference 'Observations on Turkish Bayonets' published in 2002. The Ottoman Turkish Empire let a contract with the Providence Tool Company of Rhode Island, USA provide .45 Inch Peabody Martini Rifles for the Army.  Most of these weapons were equipped with the M1874 cruciform socket bayonet but those provided for use by Non-commissioned Officers were supplied with the M1874 Yataghan Bayonet.  This bayonet is one of those.

The crossguard and pommel are marked with the stamped letter H, which indicates that this bayonet is a Hijra year 1291 model manufactured in USA under contract.  Hijra 1291 is 1874 in current usage (hence Ottobre’s M1874 designation – Süngü 1291).  The M1874 Yataghan is particularly notable for its size and quality and remained in service with Ottoman and then Turkish forces until the middle of the 20th Century although often in modified or cutdown form.  Many original examples continued to be carried as side arms long after the rifles they had originally equipped had been replaced.  In Ottoman Turkish service the M1874 Peabody Martini rifle first made an impact during the Russo-Turkish War at the battle of Plevna in 1877 when Turkish firepower broke the Russian assault and inflicted enormous casualties on the Tsar’s Army.   

The original US manufacturers marks are clearly visible with the H mark on crossguard and a stylized S stamped into the obverse ricasso.  The underside of hilt is marked with a number of unidentifiable marks.  The scabbard is stamped with a ß on the rear face of the locket and an S on the chape. Bayonet and scabbard are patinated consistent with age and use.  The blade is very good with the usual stained patina.  The hardwood grips are both very good as is the pommel.  The leather scabbard body is in similar condition with all of it’s stitching intact (see pictures).

These bayonets were highly prized by Australian and other allied troops as souvenirs of the fighting in Gallipoli, Palestine and Mesopotamia during WW1 and many were brought back to Australia by returning ‘Diggers’. During WW1 Ottoman Turkish forces on all fronts, including the Dardanelles, Mesopotamia and Palestine employed these bayonets usually in their cutdown form or when full-size as side arms. As a result, many are now found without their original steel & leather scabbards. This is a good American manufactured Ottoman Turkish bayonet in very good condition: steel and leather chequerboard hilt with a leaf spring steel press button release catch, secured by a single steel screw bolts, steel crossguard with muzzle ring and flat finial crossguard.  Single edged fullered Yataghan steel blade with flattened ridge.  For reference, I’ve attached two pictures, the first taken in Gallipoli shows an Ottoman Turkish NCO taking a shot across the firestep while the second shows a Turkish Gunner resting on a gun limber in Jerusalem in 1917.

Maker: Providence Tool Co, Providence, RI, USA
Overall Length: 716.0 mm
Blade Length:  577.0 mm
MRD:  18mm
Blade Width (at guard):  33.0 mm
Scabbard: Steel and leather.
Overall length of scabbard:  650.0 mm

A superb full size Turkish M1874 Yataghan in very good condition.  Complete examples of these bayonets, still equipped with their original scabbards, are scarce and in this condition very rare. You will not find a better example anywhere, If you are after the definitive Turkish M1874 Yataghan, this is it.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.0000
Country of Origin United States, Turkish
Pattern M1874 Peabody Yataghan Bayonet & Scabbard - SÜNGÜ 1291
Bayonet Type Sword
Maker Providence Tool Company of Rhode Island, USA
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1874
Overall Length (mm) 716
Blade Length (mm) 577
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 33
Scabbard M1874
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 650
Frog No