Austrian Model 1807 Jägerstutzen Socket Saber Bayonet
- Product Code: EWB-2541
- Availability: In Stock
This a scarce, untouched example of an Austrian Model 1807 Socket Saber Bayonet for the Austrian M1807 Flintlock Jägerstutzen (Jaeger Rifle). The M1807 was the standard longarm for Austrian rifleman during the first quarter of the 19th century and remained in use through the 1840s when the new M1842, M1844 and M1849 pattern rifles were adopted. Circa 1835 the flintlock M1835 rifles started to be altered to the Augustin and later Augustin-Consol (often called “tube lock” or “pill lock”) ignition systems, with similar ignition guns being produced as the Models 1844 and 1849. The M1807 socket-saber began a series of socketed saber bayonets that would remain in use through the beginning of the 3rdquarter of the 19th century. The M1807 pattern would remain in use on M1807 and M1807/35 rifles, eventually being superseded by slightly shorter versions with different mortise cuts. These included the M1842, using the Laukart spring latch rather than a locking ring, the M1849 which returned to the locking ring system and the M1854 variant with the helical mortise slot that typified the Lorenz series of long arms. During the latter part of the 1860s and early 1870s, a number of socketed saber bayonets remained in use for a wide variety of older pattern Jägerstutzens that had been altered to fire metallic cartridges. This particular bayonet is shown as Figure 494 in Paul Keisling’s Bayonets of the World.
This Austrian Model 1807 Jägerstutzen Socket Saber Bayonet remains in VERY GOOD, completely untouched condition. The bayonet remains full-length, measuring 31 ¼” overall with a 26” blade that is 1 ½” wide at the ricasso and has a 15/16” wide fuller that measures 22 ¼” in length. The bayonet has a 4 3/16” long socket with a nominally .90” bore diameter. The bayonet stud for the M1807 rifle was located under the barrel, near the stock tip. As a result, the mortise cut for the bayonet was straight and, in this case, only measures 1 ¼” in length and is slightly less than ¼” wide, measuring .225”. When mounted, the bayonet was located under the muzzle with the blade oriented with the cutting edge facing down. This was a non-traditional mounting orientation as saber bayonets were typically mounted with the blade along the right side of the barrel, with the cutting edge oriented outward, rather than downward.
The bayonet has an untouched and uncleaned dark brown patina that is heavily oxidized. Amazingly the metal remains mostly smooth with only some scattered minor surface roughness, some scattered surface scale and some lightly scattered pitting. The socket has a few minor dings and impact marks, including a couple around the muzzle area of the bayonet. The original locking ring and tension screw both remains in place, and the ring still functions smoothly.
Overall this is a solid, untouched and attractive example of a scarce Austrian Model 1807 Jägerstutzen Socket Saber Bayonet for the flintlock Austrian Model 1807 Jägerstutzen. This was the standard rifle and bayonet that saw service with Austrian rifle corps during the second half of the Napoleonic Wars, seeing use from its adoption in 1807 through the post-Waterloo Treaty of Paris in 1815. The rifles also saw use during the Austrian involvement in the Second Egyptian-Ottoman War from 1839-1841. The rifles and bayonets saw continued use, either in their original and obsolete flintlock configuration or altered to tube lock, during the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 and the First Italian War of Independence during 1848-1849. Some even saw use during the Second Italian War of Independence in 1859. These large and impressive early 19th century Austrian socket-saber bayonets rarely appear on the market for sale, although the later 19thcentury M1849s appear with some frequency, with the M1854s and M1842s appearing somewhat less often. This will be a fine addition to any collection of Austrian or European bayonets, arms of the Napoleonic era or to accompany your Model 1807 Jägerstutzen.