Volunteer Fire Department forces were permitted to wear a special dress bayonet. It was similar to the K-98 Dress Bayonet, except there are two quillons in the crossguard design instead of only one. The left example sweeps upward, while the right example sweeps downward. There is no rifle mounting slot provision in the hilt. The checkered Bakelite grip plates, blade, scabbard and carrying frog are identical to that of the K-98 Dress Bayonet. The bayonet was available in short, long or with a sawback blade.
While German fireman often used axes for practical purposes in the course of thier duties, their organization also had dress versions which were used for parade and presentations. These dress axes can run the gamut from simple polished nickel heads with black or brown wood handles to most elaborately etched, gold embellished beauties, some equipped with fluted ebony or even genuine ivory handles, presentation plates and beautiful lower escutcheon decorations. Senior examples were even finished in gold! They are truly magnificent pieces and worthy of a place in any collection.
FIRE #39494C Senior Fireman’s Dress Axe
This Senior Fireman’s Dress Axe, although unmarked, was produced by the Carl Eickhorn firm. They were offered with either a nickel finish or with a gilded finish for senior officers. This piece is quite striking, with lots of beautiful engraving throughout the head.
The head is probably constructed from brass, with a conventional bit and a couple of slots a little further down. The butt end tapered to a spike. The obverse face of the axe features a fireman wielding a hose. Beside the fireman are axes, buckets, and a hook. Further up we see a series of very beautiful oak leaves and acorns. On the reverse edge there is a fireman’s helmet superimposed over crossed axes and a hose. We also see a trumpet and, in the center, a fireman’s helmet over crossed ladders and an axe. The spiked butt has a pattern of raised oak leaves and acorns. The detail throughout these etching is fantastic and really has a “wow” factor.
The head is retained by an oval plate which is affixed by means of a large gilded screw. On the handle below the head are a pair of gilded brass escutcheon plates, each with an eyelet and a large hanging ring. Toward the upper center of the handle is a gilded oval plate which is retained by a pair of screws. There is no dedication on this plate.
The lower handle has a gilded bracket with three sets of accent lines. This bracket is also retained by a large gilded screw. The handle itself of wood, flared in the center and tapering towards the ends. The original paint is in very fine condition, having no chips or problems.
If you are looking for something very beautiful to display or perhaps a highlight to a Feuerschutz collection, this piece would certainly fit the bill.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,495.00
FIRE #38934C Long Fireman's Bayonet – L. & E.
The grip plates are the standard black checkered variety, retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads.
The scabbard is nice and straight, with superb original black paint. This paint is 100% intact, even on the area around the ball. This paint is mint and perfect.
The leather frog is very dark brown and remains in the same state of perfect preservation as the scabbard. A little leather polish would easily make this frog look brand new.
The blade is the long type with a wide fuller. This fine blade has highest quality nickel plating and is in fully mint condition. The obverse of the blade is marked with the initials of the firm, “L. & E.” in a circle. Between the two letters is an image of a fireman's helmet with a comb on the top. On the side of this helmet is an easily discernible mobile swastika.
These swastika marked fire bayonets are highly desirable; L. & E. was the only maker that I know of that used a swastika in their logo. The original blade buffer shows some moderate wear but remains in sound condition
A very desirable Fireman's Bayonet here.
Near Mint. $695.00
FIRE #38731C Fireman's Dress Ax
Below the head are matching nickel-plated escutcheon plates. These plates are each retained by three rivets. There is some age on these plates and both of the hanging rings remain.
This ax has a handle of black painted wood which flares out about a quarter of the way down the length. The flare accommodates a set of presentation plates which are mounts on both sides with matching rivets. These plates are blank and show some minor age, but overall are in fairly good condition.
At the bottom is a cylindrical chape which has a ball at the very end.
This example shows age and wear but remains in collectible condition.
FIRE #38699 Zeppelin Fire Battalion Officer's Dirk
The dirk is in the form of a Fire Official's example, however it is a larger, Grosser size. It measures 17 inches in length.
The pommel is round, with decorations of cattails and reeds set above a cresting wave; it is a really beautiful design and is very striking. It is nickel plated and has been peened into place. This pommel shows some wear but there are still visible details to the cattails and reeds.
The oversize crossguard is the style with the spear-like quillon ends. It has a smooth center block on both sides and four-sided crossguard arms. I normally associate this type of guard with the WKC firm, but since the blade is unmarked I don't know for sure.
The grip appears to be made of wither horn or ebony, it is difficult to tell. It has six nicely formed ribs running downward from right to left. There is a small crack along the obverse and signs of another on the reverse. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire and there appears to be no danger of any further cracking. In the center of the grip is a set of wings with a propeller in the middle. We see this type of insignia used on German aircraft from the 20's, so I feel this dirk is probably of this vintage. The detail to the insignia shows minor wear and most of the silvering has worn off, only remaining in the recesses of the wings.
The scabbard has matching nickel mounts. They are similar to those seen on standard Fire piece but, like the hilt mounts, they are also of larger size. The top mount contains both of the eyelets and carrying rings as it is quite long. It has dual lines which simulate carrying bands where the eyelets are located. The lower portion is scalloped, matching the scalloping seen on the lower mount. The lower mount has line decoration similar to those seen on the upper area. These mounts are set on a black leather shell, also similar to a Fire piece. This leather shows some age throughout and is sewn up the rear.
The blade of this dirk is also quite large. It measures about 12 inches long with a ricasso, center ridge construction and twin edges. The blade has turned slightly gray over the years and looks to have been a polished rather than plated example. The obverse ricasso has a wing and propeller insignia with a rectangle. Past the ricasso is an outstanding engraving of a zeppelin. It looks like the type that would have flown during the 20's as opposed to the earlier, more primitive Imperial examples. There are floral patterns to the rear of the airship, and a dual ribbon which reads “Garde Luftschiffer” and “Bat. / München”. The reverse of the blade is plain and has a few minor pits at the reverse end.
To me this dirk is a very exciting find, as anything to do with airships is extremely rare. I am guessing that the purpose of this dirk was for wear by some form of Fire Official associated with airships but I'm only guessing. I'm sure some research can be done with the clues provided by the engraving. At any rate a great original piece here; I doubt you'll ever seen another!
FIRE #38441C Fireman's Long Bayonet – PDL (Lüneschloss)
The grip plates on this bayonet are of black Bakelite. These plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed heads on either side.
The scabbard shell is in good condition and is straight throughout. The original plaint shows are and spidering but it remains about 95% intact.
The patent leather frog has some minor attic crazing. It is the style with a single rivet set in the reverse center.
The long blade of this bayonet is a wide fuller type. It is bright throughout and has highest quality nickel plating; this blade remains in mint condition. The reverse is marked with an ellipse containing the initials “PD”, which of course stand for the P.D. Lüneschloss firm. The original blade washer is in place.
A good, solid Fireman's Bayonet here.
Near Mint. $225.00
FIRE #38438C Fireman's Long Sawback Bayonet – WKC
The hilt mounts have easily 100% of the nickel plating and remains new-like throughout. The crossguards have the opposed quillons typical of Feuerschutz pieces.
The grip plates are the black Bakelite style. These plates are retained by nickel-plated steel rivets.
The scabbard is straight throughout and is an outstanding example, being in full mint condition. The original paint looks like it was applied yesterday! It is very nice to see a scabbard in this kind of superb condition and complete with original paint.
There is an attached frog, a very high quality example with four rivet construction.
Attached to the frog is a fine Fireman's Troddel. This troddel has black leather strapping with gold wire stitching that runs the length. The slide is of woven leather with matching gold highlights and the stem is the flat, bullion covered type. The ball at the bottom alternates between pink and bullion. The insert has been lost to time, but it is an otherwise nice knot.
The long blade is an outstanding example, being in completely mint condition. This blade has highest quality nickel-plating and an extremely sharp sawback. The fuller is the wide type. The obverse ricasso of the blade is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and a new-like black leather blade washer is in place.
An extremely nice (and rarely seen) Long Sawback Bayonet here.
FIRE #38439C Fireman's Long Sawback Bayonet with Distributor Marks – Tiger
The nickel-plated surface on the hilt of this Fireman's Bayonet remains 100% intact; there are few signs of age to this plating. The crossguards have the opposed quillons typical of Feuerschutz pieces.
The grip plates are of black checkered Bakelite and are in perfect condition. These plates are retained by steel rivets with dressed heads.
The long scabbard is in excellent condition with outstanding original paint. This paint only has a few signs of carrying time and is 100% intact throughout.
There is a good black leather frog on the scabbard of this bayonet, also in very fine condition.
Attached to the frog is a Fireman's Troddel. This troddel shows evidence of wear but it is still intact. The black leather strapping has the usual triple gold wire stitches, and the slide is of woven leather highlighted in matching gold. The flat stem is covered in bullion, and the pink and bullion lower ball has a pink, yarn-like insert.
The blade of this bayonet just can't be beat. It is in very fine condition throughout with bright nickel plating. There are a couple of extremely minor scratches towards the tip but the are barely noticeable. The sawback is extremely sharp. The obverse blade is stamped with a well detailed cat, the familiar logo of the Tiger firm. On the reverse is the stamp of the distributor who sold this bayonet, “Georg Rieder / München”. The original, new-like leather blade buffer is in place.
An extremely nice Fireman's Sawback Bayonet here, especially with the marker and distributor markings.
Near Mint. $795.00
FIRE #38174 Fireman's Long Bayonet – C. Gustav Spitzer
The grip plates are the checkered black Bakelite type, in excellent condition and retained by steel rivets with dressed obverse heads.
The scabbard has the original black paint, still bright and about 95% intact. The original frog shows normal attic crazing but is still sound.
Wrapped about the frog is an excellent Fireman's Troddel. This troddel is of black leather strapping with triple stitches of gold. There is a black leather slide and the stem is covered in silver bullion. The oval ball consists of alternating red and silver bullion thread. The insert is of pink felt.
The long blade is a fine example with a highest quality nickel-plated surface. It is in mint condition and has wide fuller construction. The reverse is marked with the wonderful Prancing Lion logo of the Spitzer firm, complete with lashing tail and tongue. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A nice, complete example here.
Excellent Plus. $250.00
FIRE #38205C Early Fire Official's Sword
This early Fire Official's Sword was produced prior to 1938 when the Fire/Police Degen was introduced. The sword, although it is unmarked, appears to be a product of the Cark Eickhorn firm. This sword is designated as Model #40.
The hilt is plain, constructed of brass with 100% of the original gilded finish; it is very pleasing to see a sword in this condition.
The grip is of carved wood which has been covered in black celluloid. This celluloid is in perfect condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple strands of wire, the center wire being a slightly thicker gauge.
The scabbard is a beauty without a trace of use; examining the carrying ring I can see no sign it was ever worn. The scabbard paint is in 100% mint condition, which is very rare to see.
The blade is also impressive. It is 32 ½ inches long and has highest quality nickel plating. It is easily in a full mint state. The original brown leather washer is nearly perfect but for a small missing piece.
A magnificent early Fire Official's sword here.
FIRE #37830C Deluxe Presentation Fire Axe with Elfenbein Grip
This fine Fire Axe must have made a truly splendid gift when it was presented some seven decades ago. It shows some age and there is some mild lifting and spotting on the head. It looks to have never been cleaned and could possibly be restored if gently and carefully cleaned.
The axe head is etched on both sides. In the center is a fire helmet over crossed axes with floral designs that flare out to the bit and the pointed poll.
The ebony grip is shaped with outward pointing center area which tapers at the top and bottom. The floral designs on the head carry over on to escutcheon plates positioned on both sides of the handle.
The upper escutcheon plates are each equipped with a brass eyelet and carrying ring. One of the original black leather carrying straps is still affixed to the ring, with a buckle and snap hook. The other strap has gone to time, however.
There are presentation plaques affixed to either side of the ebony handle. The plaques are shaped to match the outward pointing edges of the grip. The dedication reads, “D. Friew. Feurwehr Leubnitz/zur 50 jahrfeier, gewidmet, 6./7. 1878. 26./8. 1928”. Apparently the original owner received this piece from the volunteer Fire Department of Leubnitz, in recognition of his service which ran from from July 7th, 1878 to August 26th, 1928, some fifty years! Quite a career! On the reverse is another dedication which appears to be the names of various organizations; their exact purpose is unclear. It's quite a list, which reads:
“M. G. V. Arion, Hausbesitzerverein, Turnverein, Germania, Eisenbahnerverein, Konsertianklub, Landwirtschaftl. Verein, Sächs. Militãrverein, Radfahrerverien Edelneifs.”
The lower portion of the handle is equipped with a brass universal joint which attaches to a fluted Elfenbein grip. This section of the grip measures about 4 ½ inches long and has a beautiful golden tone. At the bottom of the grip is a matching brass universal which has checkering across the center, matching the example at the top of the grip. The knob of the handle is equipped with a ball, which can be turned and removed for disassembly.
Deluxe Fire Axes are quite rare and, needless to say, were extremely expensive when they were initially purchased; a piece such as this one is sure to be the center piece of a collection of Feurwehr items. This is a tremendous piece with extreme eye-appeal.
FIRE #37888C Long Fireman's Bayonet – Carl Henkel
The grip plates are the standard black checkered variety, retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads.
The long scabbard is straight throughout and has excellent original black paint. This paint shows very little age and is nearly perfect.
There is a black leather frog attached to this piece, also in fine condition. This frog is the style with two rivet construction. It is interesting to not that the frog matches the maker mark seen on the blade; it is stamped “Carl Henkel Bielefeld”.
The blade of this bayonet is in perfect, mint condition, with a wide fuller. It is stamped “Carl Henkel Bielefeld” on the reverse. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.
An extremely nice Long Fireman's Bayonet here, particularly with the matching frog.
Near Mint. $295.00
FIRE #37196C Imperial Fire Official's Dirk with Original Leather Hanging Straps – W. K. & C.
The dirk has a round pommel, which is identical to the style used on Naval dirks of this era except that it is of all nickel construction. The pommel depicts reeds and cattails which are all nicely hand-enhanced, and rests over a series of cascading waves. There is little wear to this pommel. The ferrule is a standard type, having to raised raised lines that run around the circumference. The center block has a raised area on both sides but is plain. The quillon arms come outward from the block; they are four sided and form spear-like quillon ends.
The grip of the dirk appears to be made of horn. It is a black color, and carved to have seven ribs. The ribs are all wrapped with twisted silver wire. This wire is just slightly larger than the rib cavities, as over the years the horn has naturally shrunk somewhat.
The scabbard consists of a thin black leather shell which is trimmed with twin line enhancement on the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the rear in the standard fashion. The mounts are constructed of matching nickel. The upper mount is quite large, as it has both of the upper and lower hanging rings, bands and eyelets built into it. There is no carrying band per se, but it is simulated by twin lined enhancements. In the center of the enhancements on the right side is a round eyelet and carrying ring.
Remarkably the original hanging straps are still with this piece. The straps are most interesting as they are also in nickel and have dual lion mask images similar to a Naval style, but slightly thinner. There is a leather buckle and hasp which attaches to the lion mask buckles and then there is a further strap of leather that attaches and is used to hang from some sort of a “D” ring or something of that nature. The lower strap is quite long and is still present, while the upper strap has gone to time but would be a fairly easy item to replicate as it is only black leather which is holed to feed into the buckle behind the lion mask rigging. There is enough here, though, to make for a fine display. Most people would think that if they found these straps somewhere that they would probably would belong to some sort of Naval sword, so it is good to see this kind of thing still intact as it gives us a fine idea of what was what in the period.
The blade of this fine dirk is 13 inches long. It is a beauty, still having all of the nickel plating throughout as well as a needle tip. The blade is just about mint. It has a center ridge with double edges. The obverse area depicts floral designs and, in the center, has a panel which has a ladder attached to an old fashioned pole lamp and next to the ladder are two fire poles and lower down the way is a Fireman's helmet with ax, drum, and trumpet. A great fire scene here. On the reverse there are more floral designs and, in the center, are implements such as an ax as well as some sort of a knight's helmet rigging.
The ricasso is stamped with the tune of the last century logo showing the knight and kings head next to each other, and positioned over the firm's initials “W. K. & C.” The original red velvet blade buffer is in positioned, showing a little wear around the edges but still all there.
A very fine dirk here that could have easily been worn into the Nazi period.
Excellent Plus. $2,495.00
FIRE #37197C Alsace-Lorraine Fire Official's Dirk
The dirk is of all polished iron construction. The pommel is rounded with an additional round top in the center which also appears to have a device that may retain the tang. The crossguard is relatively plain in the center, having an open circle on each side with quillon ends that curve downward into a teardrop. The area has lined enhancement to accent the curl. Below the crossguard is a butt plate that is open so that it secures over the scabbard throat.
The grip is a fine ebony, which is bulbous in the center and tapers towards either end. The grip is fluted all the way around and remains in perfect condition.
The scabbard is a fine black leather with the standard twin line decoration on the edges of both sides, and it is sewn up the middle in the usual way. The mounts are plain matching polished iron, having a lip which is straight around on the portion that meets the leather and there is a lug which is in the shape of a droplet. The lower mount is also lined on the edge and has an additional raise line slightly downward. The chape is a button style. Both mounts are retained with staples.
The fine blade is about 13 inches in length. It is plain with a single edge and a double fuller. The tip is still needle-like and the blade has a very good shine to the fines and is in near mint condition. The ricasso is stamped turn of the last century logo; a king and knight head with the firm's initials, “W. K. & C.” beneath. There is also a red, felt-like buffer to protect the blade.
Alsace-Lorraine is an area that butted France and over the years the Germans would take it over and then it would go back to France then it would be taken over by the Germans and since this was the case Alsace-Lorraine did belong to the Germans at this period of time thus the looks and workmanship of this fine period piece reflect German construction. Not an easy piece to find and a great example for Fire collectors as this is the earliest Alsace-Lorraine fire piece that I have handled.
FIRE #34739C Imperial Fire Official’s Dirk with Dedication – W.K.& C.
This piece has a round ball top pommel being identical to the pommels made for naval pieces except for having nickel-plated finish. The motif of the ball pommel features cattails and reeds over a series of cresting waves. The detail is outstanding to the cattails and reeds reflecting hand enhancing. The pommel is retained by a peened over tang. The ferrule below is matching nickel having twin line raised decoration. The crossguard consists of a square center block having floral designs on both sides. Going outward are four-sided quillon arms and they end with quillon ends in the shape of spear tips. The nickeling throughout these parts is 100%.
The grip appears to be a fine ebony wood being carved and having sections which run downward from right to left. The grip is in perfect condition having a black shiny finish. If you look closely you can see some of the wood grain beneath the finish. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire.
The scabbard shell is made of leather. This leather only shows for a short portion of the scabbard as the upper fittings on these fire official pieces are very long having double carrying rings. The leather that does show however is still in choice condition showing little age and decorated with twin lines on both sides being sewn up the middle. The upper scabbard mount is matching nickel-plated having twin decorative lines that run around the areas that the plain eyelets connect. This mount is decorated with a scalloped end where it meets the leather, the same being the case on the lower mounts. This lower mount also has twin line decoration. These mounts are retained by staples and have numerals showing beneath the staples.
The upper scabbard mount has a fine three line dedication done in beautiful professional Gothic engraving, “Gew. s. Komand. L. Wimkelmann / u.d.Führerschaft Waldkirchen / 14.4.1906”. In other words, this beautiful weapon was “Given to Commander F. Wimkelmann from the Leadership of Waldkirchen on April 14, 1906”. Obviously Herr Wimkelmann was the commander of the fire brigade from the town of Waldkirchen. A beautifully done dedication here that looks like it was engraved yesterday.
The blade of this example is 11½ inches in length. It is a traditional fire official’s design having center ridge with double edges and a ricasso. The blade is beautifully etched with floral designs flanking a center panel on the obverse which portrays a ladder, hooks, a lantern, drum, axes and a fire helmet. There is nice frosting behind this design to show off the fine points. The reverse of the blade is mostly all floral designs with a pair of crossed swords at the bottom area near the ricasso. This blade is still nice and bright and is in near full mint condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the turn of the last century logo of a king next to a knighthead and below the firm’s initials, “W.K.&C.”. The original red felt buffer is in place showing only nominal wear. The overall length of this Fire Dirk is only 17 inches; it is not one of these huge pieces that are very difficult to store.
A very classy item here which, as I say, was the same as the pieces made into the middle 1930's. A great addition for a Third Reich or Imperial collection.
Near Mint. $2,995.00
FIRE #27281C Fireman's Dress Axe
This nickel plated Fireman's Dress Axe is slightly unusual from others I have seen. The axe head itself has a nice sharpened end on the left and before it tapers to a point at the rear, there is a step-up area in the shape. This gives the head an unusual look. Overall, there are minor traces of age, but nothing serious and I know this axe would clean up nicely.
There is a hardwood handle which is painted black, and the paint is still in fairly good condition. The escutcheon plates at the edges are retained by screws. It is interesting to note that there are no hanging rings on the escutcheon plates. However, below the right plate, there is a ring and eyelet assembly which is attached to the handle itself. Grabbing this ring and letting the whole affair dangle for a moment we can clearly see that the balance of the axe is perfect for a single hanging strap.
The lower portion of the handle has a nickel chape area but at the bottom of it, instead of the usual round ball device there is a flame shaped fitting which is highly unusual. It is also possible to read the name of the original owner of this example, as it is lightly scratched into the surface of the upper axe handle; the name reads "Emil Benten".
This example would be a prize for someone collecting dress Fire Axes; I have never seen any of the unusual features present on this piece, and I thought I'd seen them all!
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
FIRE #35961 Early Prussian Fire Official’s Dirk
This Fire Official’s Dirk is extremely attractive, probably coming from the 1850's or 1860's. It is of Prussian origin for sure as the most interesting pommel cap is in the shape of a Prussian crown with a round orb and cross on the top. The crown is all produced of nickel having nice detail throughout. Below the crown is a doorknob shaped lower pommel which has plain surfaces with a little bit of beading around the lower edge. The ferrule is built into the crossguard and accepts the grip. The crossguard is quite familiar to us as it is the same as was used later in the Imperial period and also during the Third Reich. This crossguard features center blocks which both are smooth and being rectangular in shape. Coming out of the center block on both sides are four-sided crossguard arms which taper and then flare out to spearhead type quillon ends. A great looking solid nickel crossguard here.
The grip itself is a very fine ebony. The grip is larger in proportion at the center and tapers on both ends to nicely fit the pommel at the top and the crossguard upper collar at the bottom.
The scabbard shell is a black leather. Only a small portion of this leather shows as the upper scabbard mount on fire official’s daggers is quite large. This leather is in good condition throughout showing some mild age but still sound and being sewn up the rear. The nickel scabbard mounts have scalloped ends where they meet the shell. The upper fitting has two sets of twin lines which accent the obverse and the reverse directly in the area where there are plain eyelets and carrying rings. The lower mount also has two sets of twin decorative lines. These nickel mounts are in excellent condition throughout and since there are no staples retaining them I would assume that they are retained by glue in the old manner.
The blade of this example is only 9½ inches in length. It very much resembles the blades used for the Prussian Model 1848 Naval Dagger. It has a double edge construction with a very pronounced center ridge on both sides. There is a short ricasso at the beginning. This blade is a polished type having no etchings and it remains in fairly good condition with only a few minor signs of age in the finish. Considering its age this blade is quite nice. The blade is buffered by an off-red felt type. This dirk is overall about 17 ½ inches in length.
This is a really great fire official’s dirk being the first one that I have seen having this early motif. If there is someone out there that is an ardent fire department collector this dirk would really look great with other dirks of later periods and also a smattering of dress axes. A real museum piece here.
FIRE #34928C Etched Fire Department Dress Axe with Dedication
This axe head is slightly narrower than they usually are, having the cutting end on the right side, and the pierced, pointed end on the left. The face of the axe has a fine frosted background, and features raised-out floral designs. On the cutting edge side of the axe, there is a fireman’s helmet positioned over two crossed axes. The details are outstanding throughout the etching on both sides.
The axe is equipped with a wooden handle, which has original black paint, and does show quite a bit of hand wear, and rates at maybe 50% remaining. The lower portion of the handle has a matching nickel protective cap, which is smooth throughout, and retained by a screw on the bottom. The upper edges of the handle each have an escutcheon plate, which is retained by a screw.
On the obverse upper portion of the handle is a very fine plaque. This plaque has cut out edges, which have florals cut into the surfaces of the edges, giving the presentation plaque the look of old parchment. Neatly jeweler engraved on the plaque is a nine line dedication, “DIE STADT/DINGELSTADT/H.EDUARD WETZEL/fur 40 jahrige/treu geleisteten DIENSTE/in der freiwill /FEUERWEHR/ 22. MAI 1927. This plaque basically translates that it was presented by the town of Dinglestadt to H. Eduard Wetzel, for forty years of outstanding service with the volunteer fire department on May 22nd, 1927.
A fine example here of professional engraving, and a great fire axe, which must have been cherished by Herr Wetzel. A great looking addition here for any fire department collection.
FIRE #27373 Fireman's Long Bayonet - L. & E.
The grip plates are the black checkered Bakelite, they are in perfect condition and are retained by steel rivets having dressed obverse heads. The scabbard of this example is straight on the reverse and has a slight dent at the lower edge as well as a tiny round dent in the obverse area. All of this sounds worse than it is, however. The scabbard paint is original and is nearly 100%, still having a good sheen in the surfaces.
The original factory leather frog is in place. The frog is black in color and has a few scuffs on it and would easily come up with a little bit of leather polish to near mint condition. The blade is the long style with wide fuller. It has outstanding nickel-plated mirror surfaces, and it is in mint condition. The blade is stamped on the obverse ricasso in a circle, and within the circle are the large capital letters, "L+E" set over a line. Positined between the letters is a stylized fireman's helmet, with a comb on the top, and a swastika on the center of the side.
Obviously this trademark is very popular with collectors, as it is the only fireman's bayonet that has a swastika on it, built into the logo. This alone makes this bayonet a very desirable piece.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $495.00
FIRE #35792C Fireman’s Short Bayonet
This Fireman’s Bayonet has an excellent nickel-plated finish to the hilt. The nickeling is all there and is still mostly factory bright. The Bakelite grip handles are the checkered variety and they are both in excellent condition. These grip plates are retained by nickel rivets which have dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has good original black paint which is about 98% on the obverse and about 95% on the reverse. It still has a good factory sheen to the surfaces. The frog is an outstanding leather example in very choice condition being retained by two rivets.
The blade of this example is the short style having the stepped end. This blade has outstanding nickel-plated surfaces and is in mint condition. The fuller is the narrow variety. This blade is unmarked. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place. A fine conditioned Fire Bayonet here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $250.00
FIRE #33588C Fireman’s Long Dress Bayonet with Distributor
This Fireman’s Long Dress Bayonet has excellent nickel-plated hilt finish. The nickel plating is 100% throughout and is in a near mint state. The grip plates are the black checkered Bakelit type and they are in perfect condition. These plates are retained by nickel-plated steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard is a fine straight example having excellent original black paint. The reverse of the scabbard has nearly perfect paint and the obverse has some age spidering in the surfaces but none of the paint is missing. This scabbard paint grades at about 98%.
Attached to the fireman’s bayonet is a rough leather frog usually being the type we associate with combat bayonets. This frog does appear original to the piece however. The leather to this frog is in good condition and it is retained by aluminum rivets.
The long style blade is a beauty having outstanding nickel-plated finish. This mint conditioned blade is marked on the reverse ricasso with the name of the distributor. The name is in an arch shape over the location city, “Horst Wolff G.m.b.H. / Leipzig”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A nice, good quality Fire Bayonet here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $295.00
FIRE #30624C Fireman's Long Bayonet
This Fireman’s Long Bayonet is about as nice as you will find them. The hilt fittings are in choice condition having full mint nickel-plated surfaces throughout, and the crossguard is the usual up and down type.
The grip plates are crisp and in perfect condition having fine checkering to the black celluloid. The rivets are the nickel-plated steel type having dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard is nice and straight and has outstanding original paint. The only portion where the paint is missing is a little bit on the lower obverse ball. Otherwise this scabbard has near full mint paint.
The long blade is a beauty having highest quality nickel-plated finish. This blade easily rates in full mint throughout. The fuller is the wide style. This unmarked blade is protected by the in-place brown leather washer.
A very nice Fireman’s Bayonet here.
FIRE #26744C Long Fireman's Bayonet - C. Gustav Spitzer
The grip plates are the black checkered Bakelite, and they are also in choice crisp condition. These plates are retained by nickel plated rivets, having dressed heads on the obverse. These rivets still retain all of their plating.
The long style blade is quality nickel plated, and also is factory-new, in mint condition. The blade is the style with wide fuller construction. The reverse has the stamping of the producer. In a circle is the producer's name and location, "C. Gustav Spitzer, Solingen". In the center of the circle is the prancing lion logo, with his flickering tongue. The original brown leather new-like washer is in place.
If you have a mint scabbard to go with this piece, it will make for a tremendous Fire Department addition. This bayonet is in mint condition throughout.
FIRE #26770 Fireman's Long Bayonet
The grip plates are the black checkered variety, and they are in perfect condition. These plates are retained by nickel plated steel rivets, having dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard is nice and straight, and has outstanding original black paint. This paint shows only the most nominal of age, and is missing only at the bottom ball; the rest of it is all there.
There is a good black leather frog, which is of 2-rivet construction. This frog is also in near mint condition.
The long style blade is the type with wide fuller construction. This blade has outstanding nickel plated surfaces, and remains in near full mint condition. The blade is protected by the in-place brown leather washer.
A good collectible example here.
Near Mint. $225.00
FIRE #27374 Distributor Marked Fireman's Short Bayonet - Tiger
The grip plates are the black Bakelite finely checkered type. These plates are in perfect condition, being retained by steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard of this example is nice and straight and has good original black paint. The black paint has a few wearing signs in the surfaces but, overall, this paint rates at about 95% and still has good brightness to its finish.
The blade of this example is the short variety but it is slightly unusual in that it has a wide fuller construction and does not have a stepped end. This blade has perfect, high quality nickel plating and is in mint condition. The blade is stamped on the obverse with the striped tiger logo of the (no surprise here) Tiger firm. This cat is stamped horizontally across the blade and makes his way toward the blade spine. On the reverse is the name of the distributor that sold this bayonet "Georg Rieder Munchen". The original, new-like brown leather washer is in place.
A really a choice Tiger Fireman's Bayonet here.
Near Mint. $295.00
FIRE #28837 Fireman's Long Bayonet
This Fireman’s Bayonet is in very fine condition, having been purchased directly from the son of the Veteran who brought it home. The nickel plating throughout the hilt is in 100% condition and is still nice and bright; this bayonet still has a certain “newness” about it.
The grip plates are the black checkered variety and they are in perfect condition. These grip plates are retained by steel rivets being slightly larger than we normally see, but nonetheless original. They are dressed on the obverse. The cross guard is the usual up-and-down quillon style.
The scabbard is nice and straight. This scabbard has very fine original black paint. There are a couple of spots where the paint has chipped but overall, this paint is still 99% and in near full mint condition. It is interesting to note that the throat of this scabbard is actually built in as opposed to being in a separate piece. The lug is also the smaller size that we frequently see on NPEAs or Hörster pieces. This lug is stamped “7” underneath.
The blade is a traditional long example, having wide fuller construction. It has perfect nickel plated finish and it is in pristine, mint condition. It is also interesting to note that this blade does not have a ricasso. Normally, fire bayonet blades would have a ricasso. This must have been another later done effort and I do not ever remember seeing this anomaly on a fire bayonet. Additionally, instead of a leather washer, this blade buffer is an off-white felt type.
A very fine bayonet here in nearly mint condition and having some unusual aspects about it. I would think that Feuerschutz collectors would deem this piece something they would have to have for their collection.
Mint Minus. $225.00
FIRE #30988 Firemans Long Bayonet – L. & E. Bielefeld
The hilt of this example shows a little bit of freckling in the nickel plated finish. It is all still there, however, with no lifting. I think if the plating were cleaned up some, the freckling would be much less noticeable. The grip plates are the black celluloid checker type. They are retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard of this example show quite a bit of spidering on the obverse but the reverse is still fairly clean. Overall, this paint rates at about 90% and could come up some with a little bit of work with some wax and hand rubbing.
The accompanying frog is a fine example, being a black leather. It shows a few scuffs here and there, but nothing serious. The reverse of this frog is also most interesting as it ties in with the maker of the blade; it is marked “Lodenbrüggr & Ellermann/Bielefeld”.
The blade of this example makes up for almost anything wrong with the outside. It is the long style, having not real wide fuller but fairly wide. The fuller is more narrow than most blades. The obverse is stamped with an open circle which contains the initials of the producer “L&E”. Placed between the two letters is a fireman’s helmet complete with comb on the top and noticeable swastika on the side. This is the only brand of fire department bayonet that has a swastika on it so obviously it is a highly collectible type. This beautiful mint condition blade has been protected by the in-place brown leather washer. This washer shows some age but it is still all there.
A very hard to find bayonet and a good investment with the fireman’s helmet logo on the ricasso.
FIRE #35978 Fireman’s Long Bayonet – E. Pack
The grip of this piece is a fine black checkered Bakelite example, being in perfect condition. The grip is retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard has a small ding about three-quarters of the way down on the obverse but the reverse is dent free. The original scabbard paint is in excellent condition rating at about 95%. The paint still retains its original factory luster.
The long style blade is a high quality nickel-plated example. It features wide fuller construction and remains in bright condition rating mint. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the hammering Siegfried trademark. It is the small style which places the vintage of this bayonet as quite early being about 1935 or 36. On the reverse is stamped a quality word as well as the location, “Gaarraannt / Solingen”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
An interesting bayonet here, as we do not see too many produced by the Pack firm.
Near Mint. $225.00
FIRE #29862 Fireman's Long Bayonet
The grip plates are the black checkered celluloid variety and they are in perfect condition. They are retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The scabbard of this example is straight throughout and has outstanding original black paint. This paint still has its original factory sheen and is 100% grading in mint condition. There is a little bit of surface rust around the throat area but this would easily clean off.
The long style blade has wide fuller construction. This blade has high quality nickel-plated surfaces and is still mirror bright and in mint condition. The blade is protected by the in place brown leather washer.
A very nice Feuerschutz example here.
Mint Minus. $225.00
FIRE #30409 Fireman's Long Bayonet
The grip plates are the black checkered celluloid type, they are in perfect condition and they are retained by steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The crossguards are the usual up and down variety.
The scabbard is a straight example having very good original paint. The obverse has a few normal scratches in the surfaces but the reverse still remains in perfect condition. This scabbard easily grades in excellent plus, plus condition.
Attached to the scabbard is a good black leather frog. This frog shows a little bit of modest age but all in all it is a fine looking item.
The blade is the long variety having wide fuller construction. This blade is still nice and bright and other than in and out wear it would grade in the near mint category. The blade is unmarked and is buffered by a brown felt washer.
A decent Feuerschutz example here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $175.00
FIRE #30706 Firemans Long Bayonet
The nickel plating on the hilt of this Fireman's Bayonet appears to be all there at 100% and I am sure if it were cleaned up it would still be nice and bright. The grip plates are in perfect condition, being the black checkered celluloid. These plates are retained with nickel plated steel rivets. The obverse heads are dressed.
The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has fine original paint and on the reverse is nearly 100% with only a couple of scratches. The obverse has a little more usage and some minor spidering but it is not too bad. This paint overall grades at about 90%.
The scabbard is equipped with a fine black leather frog. This frog is in near mint condition and with a little polishing, would be mint.
The blade of this example is the long type with wide fuller construction. This blade appears slightly wider than we normally see on firemans bayonets. I noticed that the rivet heads are also larger than other types. This all points toward a producer that maybe did not make a lot of Feuerschutz bayonets and thus some of these “slightly different” aspects make it more interesting to those out there that collect fireman types. It is also interesting to note that the cross guard center area has been trimmed thinner than most and it was done, of course, before the plating. This choice, mint conditioned blade is protected by an in-place brown felt buffer; another different variety, as we usually see leather on these.
A nice, interesting, good condition bayonet here, still in an “as found” state.
Excellent Plus. $195.00
FIRE #28250 Fireman's Long Bayonet - Horst Wolff, Liepzig
This Fireman’s Long Bayonet is in nice condition throughout. The hilt has all of the original nickel-plating intact. All though it is not cleaned up, it looks as though it will shine to a fine finish, as there is no age or freckling in the surfaces. The crossguard has the traditional Fireman’s quillon arms.
The grip plates are the checkered, Bakelite type and they are in good condition. They are retained by two nickel-plated rivets, having dressed heads on the obverse with a little bit of rust on the heads.
The scabbard is straight throughout and has original black paint. There is some age spiders, more on the obverse than reverse.
The long style blade has the wide fuller construction. This blade has quality nickel-plated surfaces and is still bright and mint. There is just the slightest trace of some old sharpening along the edge, but it is hardly anything and really takes a lot to even notice it. The brown leather washer is in place, protecting this nice blade. This blade rates at about 95%.
A good Fireman’s Bayonet here and in nice, collectible condition.
Near Mint. $195.00
FIRE #31699 Firemans Long Bayonet
The grip plates are the standard black checkered celluloid. They are held in place by two nickel plated rivets having dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has fairly good paint on the obverse, showing some spidering and a little bit of loss. The reverse has some wear around the center area of the paint. All in all, this paint is about 75% to 80% intact.
The blade of this example is in pristine, bright condition, having wide fuller construction. This long style blade is fully mint and is protected by an in-place brown leather buffer.
A decent Feuerschutz example here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $150.00
FIRE #31700 Fireman’s Long Bayonet
The grip plates are the black checkered celluloid and they are in perfect condition, being retained by nickel plated steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard has a ding just beneath the frog. If you are just displaying this example, though, the frog pretty much covers the ding. The rest of the scabbard has choice original black paint. This paint still retains its original factory shine and the reverse is nearly 100% inatct. The obverse facing has just a couple of very minor chips. Overall this scabbard paint is about 99% intact.
There is a good black leather frog accompanying this bayonet. This frog is in outstanding condition and appears original to this piece.
The long blade is equipped with a wide fuller construction. This blade is most interesting in that it has a polished surface instead of the usual nickel plated surface. The blade graining still appears throughout the blade and other than a couple of smudge marks mostly on the reverse, this blade is easily in near mint condition. The blade has been protected by an in-place brown leather washer.
FIRE #30344 Fireman's Long Bayonet - HK
This Fireman’s Long Bayonet shows some age throughout the hilt and scabbard. The hilt has some surface rust here and there around the pommel and also on both of the up and down quillon arms. A lot of this would come off though with a little bit of effort. The plating still looks to be quite strong beneath the rust.
The grip plates are the black checkered celluloid type and they are in perfect condition and are retained by steel rivets having dressed obverse heads.
The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has original black paint but the paint is showing a lot of crazing on the obverse and some wear and rust on the reverse. This paint only grades at about good plus and is maybe 80%.
There is an original frog that is attached. The frog also shows age and some cracking here and there but it still looks serviceable.
The blade is a long type having wide fuller construction. This blade has excellent nickel plating and is still nice and bright. There are a few mild scratches in the surfaces but they are not bad. All in all this blade would clean to be in near mint condition. The obverse ricasso is marked with a distributor’s initials which are “HK” being inside of a circle formed by dots. The original leather washer is in place having a couple of cracks in the leather.
Overall though there are some possibilities here; this bayonet is priced for someone who would like to do a little bit of work on it.
Excellent Minus. $95.00
FIRE #29873 Fireman's Long Bayonet - Solingen
The black checkered grip plates are OK on the obverse but on the reverse there is a crack at the top edge that runs down to the rivet area. The crack also runs from the rivet on down to the crossguard. It doesn’t look like it is going anywhere and this broken grip plate has been this way a long time. These plates are retained by steel rivets having dressed heads.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell does have original paint but unfortunately quite a bit of rust has developed on both sides of it. I’m sure that it could be rubbed down some and wouldn’t look too bad. The original frog is also still in place. This black leather frog could use some polish as it does show age and some cracking.
The remnants of the original fireman’s bayonet knot are attached at the loop portion of the frog but unfortunately the bottom portion of this bayonet troddel has long since broken off. The blade of this example might be its salvation. This blade is nice and bright throughout and does have quality nickel plating. This blade appears to still be in full mint condition albeit it is a little bit loose in the hilt probably caused by the cracked grip plate. This blade is marked on the reverse, “Solingen” and there is an original brown leather blade buffer protecting it.
A good one here for someone who wants to work with fixing up this bayonet. It is priced accordingly.