1871 Jäger Bayonet with Engraved Dedication
1871 Jäger Bayonet with Engraved Dedication - Very Impressive and fine quality Model 1871 Jäger Bayonet, by WKC, triple etched with hunting scenes on one side, the other with etched dedication to: Lauenburgisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 9; this his impressive Jäger Bayonet measures overall approximately 62 cm (or 25 inches); the hilt, crossguard and pommel are in polished steel; pommel with small spots of rust, exhibiting moderate wear. At the top of hilt is a fitted mortise button and lock, and all parts are working properly; the large crossguard has an upward pointing quillon on one side, while the other side has sculpted circular designed to clear the barrel of a rifle. The grip section is made of black checkered bakelite, and one side has an old crack; riveted with five rounded rivets, and overall in fine condition. The scabbard of this bayonet is a long leather shell with polished metal/iron fittings on both ends; the leather shell shows some age but no cracking or rips; some of the stitching bounding leather is split on the reverse, but that aside scabbard is in very fine condition. The most impressive part of this bayonet is a blade; it measures about 50 cm (or 19¾ inches) in length, a very fine example having an engraved quill back edge. This blade has a wide fuller extending about 80% of the total length; the blade exhibits slight use and age, no rusty spots, and grades near mint condition. It is triple etched, on both sides plus the quill; one side depicts a traditional hunting scenes with a dog, deer and does, foxes, forest trees; the other side depicts a hunter and his dog, along with his military unit “Lauenburgisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 9“; below is maker’s mark WKC (around 1880-1900 period manufacture). This bayonet comes complete with a knot, parade dress belt, and belt buckle, and these are in very fine condition overall. An outstanding example of this weapon, with dedication to a Prussian Jäger unit, established in 1866, that served well into WWI as Reserve-Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 9, until it was dissolved at the end of the War. Such Jäger bayonets were worn by hunters who also served in military Jäger formations. An excellent, rare, and high quality example.