Prior to the centralizing of the German Police forces in 1936, many Police units wore very long bayonets equipped with a clamshell crossguard; these bayonets were equipped with blades as long as 18 inches. The obverse stag grip plate was affixed with a six-sided nickel Police insignia. The hilt was cast in nickel, having a pommel shape in the form of an eagle head and a quillon decorated with oak leaves. The scabbard was of black or brown leather, having matching nickel mounts. Police Officers wore a private purchase variety which also retained the clamshell device, but was of smaller overall proportion and was equipped with standard short blade. The German Customs also wore bayonets with clamshells, however, they had no grip insignia.
After Hitler came to power, the many German Police organizations still operating through their respective states and provinces were centralized under the guidance of SS-Reichsführer Himmler. The previous sidearm, a very long bayonet with clamshell addition, was altered to suit the newly formed Police. The new weapon was reworked and reissued having the following characteristics; the blade length was reduced to 13 inches, the clamshell was removed, the grip was shortened, and the new 3rd Reich Police grip insignia replaced the Weimar six-sided grip insignia. Since adequate numbers of reworked bayonets were available, few newly produced weapons were required. The weapon's hilt consisted of a nickel eaglehead pommel, oak-leafed quillon, and stag grip plates with Police insignia on obverse. The scabbard was black or brown leather with matching nickel mounts. The re-pointed blade normally is nickel plated.
Usually matching numbers will appear on the reverse quillon and upper scabbard fitting reverse. These bayonets can be found slotted for rifle mount or plain.
POLBAY #45507C Municipal Police Bayonet by F. W. Höller
This police bayonet has exceptionally nice nickel plated hilt fittings. The detail to the eagle head and feathering is still crisp throughout. The crossguard also has crisp overlapping oak leaves that extend out to the quillon and on the reverse it is smooth except for the leaves on the quillon end. The reverse center area is stamped S. D. I 1100. This same number is stamped on to the upper scabbard fitting. These numbers indicate that this bayonet was issued by the Schutzpolizei of Dusseldorf.
The grip plates are also beauties have fine coffee color recesses with golden grain on both sides. The grips are retained by aluminum rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The grip insignia is the open style aluminum type featuring the open winged police eagle with swastika superimposed over a wreath. This insignia shows little wear. An extremely nice police hilt here.
The scabbard shell is also in excellent condition showing only modest wear. It is a black color having the accent lines that run the length of both of the edges and it is sewn up the rear. The nickel mounts have scalloped ends are in perfect condition and retained by staples.<./P>
There is a very fine dark brown police frog. This frog is of high quality being of four rivet construction and it is still in near mint condition. The frog is also marked on the reverse with the manufacturer name and below the date of 1937.
The cut down 13 inch blade is a beauty being expertly shortened. The blade still has all of its fine nickel finish and is in a near mint state. The blade is marked on the reverse “F. W. Höller Solingen”.
A very very fine example here.
Excellent Plus. $950.00
POLBAY #45332C Rural Police Bayonet by WKC
The pommel has good detail to the eagle head with the feathering beneath. The crossguard has the overlapping oak leaves on the obverse the reverse crossguard is smooth with the oak leaves at the end. it appears this crossguard once had a number on it but it was ground off by the Nazis during the time that the bayonet was shortened. I did look on the scabbard through and the original number "S. E. 12823" is still there. This marking would indicate that this bayonet was property of the Schutzpolizei of Erfort. What is interesting about the bayonet also is the backstrap in the hilt is stamped "8321" and the side of the upper scabbard mount is also stamped 8321so there is no question this is a matching number bayonet regardless of whether the Nazis took out the crossguard number.
The scabbard itself has a dark brown leather showing some age but still in worthy condition. It is equipped with the nickel mounts with scalloped edges being retained by staples.
There is also a brown frog which appears original to the piece. The frog does have some marking sin the reverse being stamped "FLEA 14" and also stamped with a maker mark which appears to be DETMELD. It is a good quality frog with four rivets.
Also attached is a rural police troddel being the style with cloth strapping.
The cut down 13 inch blade reflects a fairly good workmanship but the blade overall is not as bright as they usually are but it is still okay. This blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse is marked with the producer Weyersberg Kirschbaum and Cie Solingen and the opposite ricasso is stamped with the knight head logo. There is also a leather washer on the bade which is not often seen on police bayonets./P>
Overall a pretty interesting example here and in collectible condition.
POLBAY #45247C Municipal Police Bayonet by Carl Eickhorn
The hilt mounts of this bayonet are in fine condition with excellent nickel plated surfaces. The pommel features the eagle head turned to the left and has fine detail throughout the bird’s eye and feathering.
The crossguard is also in fine shape with its overlapping oak leaves. On the reverse the oak leaves are on half of the crossguard are with the center being smooth with the property stamping "P. M. 474". These matching numbers are stamped on to the scabbard. These numbers indicate that this bayonet originally comes from Polizei Münster.
The grip insignia is an excellent open aluminum type with a superimposed eagle and swastika over a wreath. It shows very little to no wear.
The scabbard has good leather showing some minor age but still very sound. It is equipped with nickel scabbard mounts both of which have scallop edges. The lower mount has a small ding just to the top portion of the scabbard mount. The leather is sewn up the rear.
There is a frog attached to this bayonet but it appears the frog has been split in the area that retains the lug but it still hangs on to the bayonet nicely.
The blade is the cut down variety measuring 13 inches. It is in very fine condition throughout still being mint. The cut down job at the blade tip was also extremely well performed. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the large style double ovals. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location "Carl Eickhorn Solingen". In the middle is a serrated tail squirrel with the firm’s initials "C. E." under the animal.
A decent police bayonet here
POLBAY #44940C Municipal Police Bayonet - Carl Eickhorn
This fine police bayonet appears to be in untouched condition and has not been cleaned since the war. The mounts are all solid nickel so if the next owner chooses to clean them I sure they will come up very very nicely.
The pommel features the eagle's beak pointing to the viewer's left. It has good detail to the eagle's eye and the feathering below. The crossguard has fine overlapping oak leaves on the obverse and on the reverse just the quillon end of the guard has the oak leaves. The beginning area of the crossguard is plain finish and is property stamped "P. M. 601.". This number matches the stamping on the reverse of the upper scabbard fitting.
I was not able to locate the area for which P. M. stands for but perhaps the next collector of this example will have more success.
The grip plates are very fine stag and it is interesting to note that the person that revamped this bayonet during the Nazi era took the time to countersink the rivets in the obverse grip. This is rare to see and a sign of a man who was particular with his work when he did this job. The original hole which is left there from when the hilt was shortened after the removal of the clamshell has been nicely filled. The police aluminum eagle is a very fine example showing very little wear and still being quite crisp. It features a open winged eagle with wreathed swastika positioned over an ovaled oak leaf.
The scabbard shell is in very nice condition showing very little age. it features the twin lines that accent the edges on both sides of the scabbard. The scabbard mounts are nickel and have scalloped ends the upper mount is equipped with a lug for retainage of the frog.
The original frog is still with this piece. It is fine black leather and is retained with four rivets.
The 13 inch blade is the cut down variety and a nice job was done with the retipping as if you did not know it was cut down you probably would not notice. This blade has mirror nickel finish throughout and is in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the large style trademark which encloses the firm's name and location Carl Eickhorn Solingen. Inside is a serrated tail squirrel with the firm's initials C. E. beneath.
A very nice police bayonet here which could maybe use a little cleaning and some research on the original property numbers.
Mint Minus. $995.00
POLBAY #44466 Municipal Police Bayonet - WKC
The obverse crossguard is decorated with overlapping oak leaves and on the reverse just the quillon end has the leaves. The beginning area probably had a property number on it at one time but it has been ground off. The property number on the reverse of the upper scabbard fitting is "S. B. 6444". This would indicate that this bayonet originally belonged to the Schutzpolizei Berlin. We also know that despite the fact that the number was taken off the hilt this bayonet definitely matches the scabbard as the scabbard has the number 300 stamped into its throat and this same number appears stamped into the spine of the blade. As you collectors know these pieces were originally worn by the Weimar police were revamped by the Third Reich police and the numbering system meant nothing to the Nazis.
The grip plates are a fine light colored antler material with beautiful tan grains. They are retained by two rivets the reverse having dressed heads and the obverse also nicely done as the stag has been cut out around the reverse heads. The obverse has the original open aluminum police grip featuring a eagle with wreathed swastika superimposed over a oval wreath.
The scabbard shell is in outstanding condition being black leather. It has the usual two decorative accent lines that run the length of the edges of both sides. The mounts are scalloped on the edges and the upper mount is fitted with a lug for a frog which is not with this piece.
The blade is in extremely nice condition having the cut down end. This blade has heavy nickel plating and is mint throughout. It is marked on the obverse with the WKC knight head and on the reverse has the full name of the firm "Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Co Solingen".
A very fine original example here.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
POLBAY #44370 Rural Police Bayonet - WKC
The hilt of this Rural Police Bayonet remains in nice condition and does not look to have been cleaned, with a dull patina on the nickel. The feathering and eye of the eagle head pommel remain crisp and free of hand wear.
The crossguard has the standard pattern of overlapping oak leaves on the obverse; the reverse is mainly smooth, with these oak leaves only appearing on the end of the quillon. This crossguard is deeply stamped "L. P. 150", which matches the number seen stamped on the reverse of the upper scabbard fitting. This code indicate that this bayonet was once used by the Prussian Rural Police.
The grip plates are both very fine antler, with an appealing texture and fine, coffee brown coloring. The edges and high areas have a good golden color. There are traces of the original Weimar era rivet holes.
The scabbard shell is a very fine example and showing little age. The light brown leather is free of problems and has the standard dual trim lines at the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the reverse. The scalloped edge scabbard mounts are in good condition, with matching patination and retained by staples.
Attached to the bayonet is the original frog. This brown frog remains in nice condition, being a fairly large example. It is very stout, made with four rivets.
The 13 inch, cut-down blade remains mostly bright, with just traces of age on the lower portion. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm and the full name of company is on the opposite facing.
This example has a leather washer, which is not seen too often. These washers were sometimes added during the conversion from the older clamshell design.
A nice example here.
Excellent Plus. $975.00
POLBAY #44161 Rural Police Bayonet - Carl Eickhorn
The pommel is in excellent condition, showing very little wear and having fine hand enhancement to the eye and feathering of the bird. The crossguard has the usual overlapping oak leaves that terminate in an upward teardrop. The reverse only has these oak leaves on the end of the quillon.
This bayonet is marked with matching numbers on the guard and upper scabbard mount, being "LMe 116". These markings indicate this piece comes from the Mersberg Rural Police.
The grip plates are outstanding stag, with very nice raised grains, fine brown tones, and golden edges. The obverse plate is fitted with an open aluminum Police eagle insignia which remains crisply detailed. The plates are retained by aluminum rivets with dressed obverse heads.
The scabbard shell is in extremely nice condition, with fine brown leather that shows little age. It is sewn up the rear and has the standard trim lines on the edges. The nickel scabbard mounts have scalloped edges and a matching patina. They are retained by staples in the standard fashion.
The cut-down blade is a beauty, being 13 inches long. The modification was extremely well done and the finish is perfect. The nickel plating is easily the best you will see and is easily 100% intact. The reverse ricasso of the blade is marked the large Squirrel trademark of the Eickhorn form, with a serrated tail and set about the initials of the firm.
A very fine Police Bayonet here. We don't see many Rural type, especially in this kind of condition.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
POLBAY #43794C Rural Police Bayonet - Alcoso
The crossguard is decorated with oak leaves on the obverse; these leaves only appear on the quillon end on the reverse facing. There is a little bit of hand wear on the oak leaves at the center but the remainder of them are still clear. The original Weimar period serial numbers were fully removed by the Nazis when this bayonet was retooled.
The grip plates remain in nice condition, with fine brown tones and golden edges. There is a very fine aluminum Police insignia set into the obverse grip, with full detailing. The grip plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads.
The scabbard leather is nearly mint, with the standard trim lines ta the edges and sewn up the rear. The nickel scabbard mounts are scalloped where the meet the shell and retained by staples. The upper scabbard mount has a stamped code, "S Br I 1513". This code indicated the bayonet comes from Breslau. The scabbard throat is stamped "547". This number make have also been under the guard, as there is some evidence of period grinding in that area.
Attached to the scabbard is the original brown leather Police frog. This frog is a high quality, riveted example.
Attached to the frog is the original Police troddel. This troddel is the wide leather style, with three aluminum stitches running the length. This wire is worn in a few places that would have been subject to friction while the bayonet was being worn. The knot remains sound, however. The slide is woven leather. The stem is flat and the lower bullion ball has a "cat's anus" stuffing in red, white, and black.
The blade is a typical cut-down type, measuring 13 inches. It remains in fully mint condition. The obverse is stamped with the Scales trademark of the Alcoso firm.
A very nice Rural Police Bayonet here, with all of the original accoutrements.
Excellent Plus. $950.00
POLBAY #43520C Pair of Police Bayonets - E. & F. Hörster
This pair of Police Bayonets are identical in construction, both being produced by E. & F. Hörster. They are interesting in that their serial numbers are only ten digits apart, and I don't need to tell you how rare it is to find nearly sequential pieces.
The hilts are in excellent condition, with fine engraving throughout. The guards have the usual overlapping oak leaves on the obverse, although this detailing only extends to the end of the quillon on the reverse.
Now to the serial numbers. The first example is marked "S. D. VII 154" and the second "S. D. VII 164". The "S. D." stands for "Schutzpolizei Dusseldorf". These numbers both match on each bayonet. The consignor states these bayonets both came from the same individual so chances are they were captured at the same time.
The grip plates are in fine condition, with pleasing brown and gold tones. Each has an aluminum Police grip insignia, with one slightly more worn than the other.
The scabbard shells both remain in excellent shape, with sound dark brown leather. This leather is nearly new-like, with only a small bulge from the runners. Both scabbards have the standard twin edge trim lines and excellent scalloped nickel scabbard mounts retained by staples.
Both are cut-down example, with 13 inch blades. They each remain in very fine condition and could have easily been modified by the same craftsman as they are functionally identical. Both are marked with the 1920's Hörster H trademark. It is also interesting to note that both examples have leather buffers, something not seen all the time.
A rare opportunity to acquire a pair of identical bayonets with very close serial numbers. Pairs like this are extremely rare and this should be a point of pride for the next owner.
Near Mint. $1,995.00
POLBAY #43519C Municipal Police Bayonet with Rifle Slot - WKC
The eagle head pommel and the oak leaves on the obverse guard both remain crisply detailed. The reverse guard only has the oak leaves on the end of the quillon, the rest being plain.
The grip plates are good quality antler, with pleasing brown and gold tones. These plates are retained by aluminum rivets with dressed heads on both sides, and the aluminum Police insignia is extremely fine.
The black leather scabbard shell is in excellent shape, with the standard dual trim lines on the edges. The scalloped nickel mounts are also excellent, being retained by staples.
Attached to the scabbard is a fine frog. A little of the stitching is giving way, but this could probably be remedied with a needle and thread. The original cloth troddel is also present, with twin aluminum trim lines and a red center stitch. The slide is the flat type, and the bullion lower ball is alternating green and aluminum bullion. There is no wear on this knot, but it does show age and is set in place.
The 13 inch, cut-down blade is a very fine example. It has a wide fuller and is in beautiful, mint condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, while the company name, "Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Cie" appears on the opposite side. There is fine pebbled brown blade washer in place, interesting in that it has been trimmed to not block the rifle slot.
A very nice bayonet here.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
POLBAY #43529C Small Police Clamshell Bayonet with White Frog - WKC
The detailing to the pommel is extremely fine, and the oak leaves on the obverse guard both remain crisply detailed. The reverse guard only has the oak leaves on the end of the quillon, the rest being plain. Below this is fine clamshell bearing a crisply detailed Prussian eagle.
The grip plates are good quality antler, with pleasing brown and gold tones. These plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed heads on the obverse, and the silvered Police insignia is a beauty that shows little wear.
The black leather scabbard shell is in excellent shape, showing little wear, and has the standard dual trim lines on the edges. The rounded edge mounts are also excellent, being retained by staples. These mounts are typical WKC types.
Attached to the scabbard is what looks to be the original white frog. This white frog has crazed and cracked a bit and has toned to an almost ivory color over the years, but for the most part it remains in decent condition. These frog would have been carried on special parades or guard duty.
The blade is extremely nice. It measures 10 inches long, with a narrow fuller and a stepped end. The ricasso is marked with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and a brown leather blade buffer is in place.
An extremely nice Clamshell Bayonet here, with a very rare white frog.
Excellent Plus. $1,995.00
POLBAY #43154 Short Aluminum Police Clamshell Bayonet - Carl Julius Krebs
This bayonet is the smaller proportioned type, with a hilt made completely from aluminum. The detailing to the pommel eagle is exceptional throughout. The crossguard has the usual overlapping oak leaves on the obverse; the reverse is most plain and only has these leaves at the quillon.
The grip plates are very fine antler. They have deep, rich brown tones and good "grain". Attached to the obverse plate is an open aluminum Police insignia, which retains fine detailing throughout. The clamshell below is decorated with a fine looking Prussian eagle.
The scabbard is the long style. It is straight throughout, but only 50% of the original paint remains on the obverse and 25% on the reverse. This type of late Police bayonet often used a cheaper metal scabbard.
The blade of this example measures 10 inches long. It is the style with a wide fuller. This blade looks to have had old pitting at one time which was removed, but overall it still looks fairly nice and is still bright. The reverse is stamped with the Krebs Crowned K trademark, and the original red felt blade washer remains in place. It shows minor age.
A good period example here which is actually quite rare. It shows some age and wear throughout but is priced accordingly.
Good Plus. $895.00
POLBAY #43169 Long Brass Rural Police Clamshell Bayonet - Alcoso
This bayonet is a very rarely encountered type having all brass mounts which when the bayonet was new would have had a gilt finish. The brass is in excellent condition throughout. The pommel features the eagle head from the left side having excellent hand enhancing to the bird'd eye and feathering below. The crossguard features overlapping oak leaves on the obverse side and on the reverse half of the crossguard is plain with with the quillon end having the same oak leaf designs.
Below the crossguard is a matching brass clamshell. The clamshell portrays the Prussian style eagle. The detail to the bird is outstanding throughout with nice enhancement to the bird'd feathering and to his eye.
The grip plates are a beautiful stag which were masterfully measured and cut. The stag shows very fine lighter brown colors with dark coffee colors in the recesses of both pieces. Interestingly the stag grips are also retained by brass rivets having dressed heads on the obverse with an attempt at same on the reverse. The insignia on the obverse stag grip is that of the Weimar era which extended well into the Nazi era. This insignia consists of a six-sided star having rays throughout the edges. In the center is a Prussian style eagle. The insignia also appears to have a brass base but was probably silvered at one time.
The scabbard shell is extremely rare as it is a fine rich brown color not the usual black that we see. This brown leather is in outstanding condition throughout having a little bit of press out here and there from the runners but basically it is in fine shape. It is sewn up the rear and has the twin decorative lines that run down the edges of both sides. The scabbard mounts are a matching brass. They both are in nice condition and they are retained by staples in the usual manner.
Attached to the scabbard is what appears to be the original frog. This frog is also a fine brown leather and it is also equipped with a retainer loop and a working snap. The blade of this example is one of those incredibly long 17 inch types. The majority of Third Reich Police Bayonets started out this length but were cut down to 13 inches. This one somehow was missed and appears to most likely have been worn through the period.
The blade is a real beauty having very rich nickel plated surfaces with wide fullers. This blade still has its needle-like tip and remains in mint condition. The obverse ricasso is marked with the Scales and the firm's initials interspersed "ACS" on the reverse there are also a set of scales with the firm's full name and location over and under being Alexander Coppel Solingen. A beautiful bayonet here and very very rare. This bayonet would make an outstanding leader piece for a police bayonet collection.
Excellent Plus. $2,495.00
POLBAY #43170 Long Brass Municipal Police Bayonet - WKC
The eagle pommel has fine, hand enhanced eye and feathering on both sides. The crossguard features overlapping oak leaves on the obverse; these only appear on the reverse quillon, the rest of the facing being plain.
Below the guard is the collar of a clamshell that has since been removed, being cut off and the area repolished. This neck, however, was left in place. When these period overhauls were performed the hilts were shortened, but this one remains in the original length.
The grip plates are beautiful antler, with fine shades of brown and golden edges. These plates are retained by brass rivets with dressed obverse heads and a good attempt at dressing on the reverse. The obverse plate has a Weimar era Police emblem; a sunburst with a Prussian eagle.
The scabbard shell is black leather. This leather remains in excellent condition and shows only minor age and usage. It is sewn up the rear. The matching brass scabbard mounts have scalloped edges and are retained by means of staples. The upper mount has a matching brass lug.
The blade of this bayonet has the original 17 inch length, never having been cut down. It is most impressive, with a wide fuller and a needle-like tip. The plating remains bright but does have some age spotting here and there. These spots are not large and barely noticeable. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
It is extremely rare to find a long bladed bayonet, let alone one with a brass hilt. This piece would be a highlight in any Police Bayonet collection.
POLBAY #42640C Polizei-Seitengewehr Sonderausfürung (PSS Police Bayonet) - Fichtel & Sachs, Schweinfurt
These PSS Bayonets are extremely rare and always very desirable by collectors. No one seems to know for sure the exact purpose of them, but since I know of two of them that I have had in the past that came from Prague, I feel the bayonets were worn by the special SS/Police units formed by Heydrich and his SS in the occupied area of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. This would also account for their scarcity. The bayonets were essentially reworked from the Imperial long Model Bayonet, Model 1860/98. We know this as PSS existing models still have the Imperial armory markings on the blade spines. The maker markings were also usually from the Imperial time and many of these companies were long out of business when these PSS Bayonets were issued.
This PSS Bayonet is in very fine condition, being one of the most impressive weapons produced during the 3rd Reich. The wrap-around pommel is fitted with a mortise and a lock which still works fine. The nickel plated pommel area is quite beautiful, with elaborate sprigs of oak leaves etched on both pommel sides. They are highlighted by backgrounds of frosted pebbling. The original red felt is still in the rifle slot. The nickeled crossguard is done with the same oak leaf and acorn designs on both sides.
The original stag grip plates are a work of art the way they not only cover the grip area as on a standard Police Bayonet, but the upper grip portion which also wraps about the pommel bottom area is also covered by the stag - it must have taken a very large deer to be able to produced stag grips of this massive size. These plates are both in perfect condition. They are retained by aluminum rivets having dressed heads on both sides, and the grip stag is also countersunk to accommodate a neat seating of the rivet heads; some really fine work here! Pinned in the center of obverse grip is a fine, open wreath Police Insignia. An eagle with open wings is superimposed over the wreath, clutching with wreathed swastika. The insignia shows little to no wear to the surfaces.
The scabbards of these large bayonets were always done in a blue finish, which is the case here. The blue is still there at 100%, showing only minor age in the surfaces here and there. There is a small telltale ripple in the center of the obverse and reverse shell where a dent was knocked out sometime in the past.
The scabbard is equipped with the original frog. It is rather large, being in proportion to the scabbard size, and is constructed of brown leather. This leather shows some age and wear, but it is still in good serviceable condition. Attached to the frog is an SS NCO troddel. The troddel remains in its proscribed tie and appears to have always been in place on this bayonet. The troddel shows some age to the textured aluminum brocade, but no fraying. The slide below has a little bit of unraveling of the black "V" shaped thread that was woven into the aluminum brocade ball. The stem below remains perfect having the black "V" designs in the brocade. The lower ball is formed of yarn-like black and aluminum bullion cord. The stuffing below matches the troddel's strapping.
The 14 inch long blade is a beauty, having perfect nickel-plated surfaces. It has a large fuller with single edge below, and comes to a perfect tip. As stated above, the old arsenal marks remain on the blade spine; one of them is an "L" over a crown and the other appears to be a crown over an "A". The reverse ricasso is stamped with a crossed keys logo. The keys are positioned over the maker name and location, "Fichtel & Sachs/ Schweinfurt".
In Johnson's Volume 4 there are a couple of PSS Bayonets shown, the example on Page 228 even has the same producer as this piece. There is another one shown in about the same condition as this example, being on Page 230.
A fantastic opportunity here to acquire not only a very rare bayonet, but a weapon that will keep you staring at its beauty for a lifetime. These are very rarely offered.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $5,495.00
POLBAY #42251C Weimar Police Clamshell Bayonet - WKC
This Weimar period Police Clamshell Bayonet is one of the smaller proportioned types most like worn by an officer. Normally when these weapons were property marked when carried by enlisted men, and this one is not.
It has a beautiful hilt with extensive hand enhancing throughout. The eagle head pommel is excellent, with lots of time spent accenting the oak leaves beneath the eye. The crossguard has the usual pattern of overlapping oak leaves, only extending to the quillon end on the reverse. The center reverse is plain.
The clamshell is a very fine example, decorated with a Prussian eagle and also showing some hand enhancing.
The grip plates are very beautiful antler, perfectly cut and fitted to the bayonet. These grips have very attractive brown tones and closely match on both sides. The plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. In the center of the obverse plate is a hexagonal Weimar Police insignia, with good detailing throughout.
The scabbard is a fine black leather example which remains in excellent condition, showing little age or wear. The mounts are the typical WKC type that have rounded edges where they meet the leather shell. They are plain and retained by staples. The upper mount is fitted with a standard lug.
The 10 ½ inch blade of this bayonet is a real winner; it is fully mint, with a narrow fuller and a stepped end. The obverse ricasso is marked with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original blue felt blade buffer is in place, showing only modest age.
An extremely fine Weimar Police example here.
Near Mint. $1,695.00
POLBAY #42250C Rural Police Bayonet - Alcoso
This Rural Police Bayonet remains in exceptional condition. It has a very fine hilt with only some minor wear to the plating on the upper obverse edge. The remainder of the plating is intact and the bird remains quite crisp.
The crossguard has the usual pattern of overlapping oak leaves, only extending to the quillon end on the reverse. The center reverse is plain, stamped with the property code, "L. Lg. 23". These stampings matches those seen on the upper scabbard mount, and indicate this bayonet started life in the Prussian Landjägerle Lüneberg.
The antler grip plates remain in beautiful condition. The obverse plate has a filled in hole below the lower rivet, indicating that it was once a clamshell type and was modified during the period. The plates are retained by aluminum rivets with dressed heads on both sides. The Police eagle insignia remains in crisp, mint, "like new" condition, with full detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is a real beauty. It has a rich brown color and remains in almost new condition, something that is very unusual to see on a Police example. It has the standard dual trim lines running along the edges and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are constructed of matching nickel, with scalloped edges where they meet the leather shell. Both mounts are retained by means of staples.
The blade of this example has been cut down but the craftsmanship was superb. If you did not know that the fuller doesn't normally run all the way to the tip, you'd never guess it has been modified. The original nickel finish remains mirror bright and in mint condition. The obverse is stamped with the large size Alcoso Scales trademark, with the reverse is stamped with a smaller set of scales and the name and location of the firm, "Alexander Coppel Solingen".
A superb example here, and a great addition to any serious bayonet collection.
Near Mint. $1,095.00
POLBAY #40288C Weimar Period Police Clamshell Bayonet - WKC
The hilt is the small proportioned style, with good engraving on the pommel eagle; it is obvious that there has been hand enhancing on the feathering.
The crossguard features a pattern of overlapping oak leaves on the obverse. The center of the reverse is plain, with the leaves running out on the quillon. The clamshell is decorated with raised and finely detailed Prussian eagle.
The grip plates are good antler, having nice brown tones in the recesses and growing lighter towards the high areas in the grain. These grip plates are retained by a pair of nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The grip insignia on the obverse is a Weimar-style eagle, with a six pointed star with sun rays behind it. It moves slightly, indicating that it is properly pinned into place.
The scabbard shell is constructed of black leather with the usual decorative edge lines. The scabbard mounts are nickel-plated steel, retained by staples.
There is a patent leather frog with this bayonet. It has quite a bit of attic crazing, but is still serviceable.
The blade measures just over 10 inches. It is nickel plated, stepped end type, with a narrow fuller. The plating shows a few minor age freckles, but nothing too bad. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC. This trademark does not have the firm's initials, indicating that it dates from 1920's.
A good, collectible Police Bayonet here.
POLBAY #40287C Weimar Period Police Clamshell Bayonet - Alcoso
The crossguard has the traditional overlapping oak leaves and on the reverse is plain in the center with the oak leaves continuing through the quillon area.
The grip plates are of fine genuine stag having pleasing brown colors which turn lighter at the upper grains. They are retired by two nickel rivets which have dressed heads on the obverse. The insignia is the Weimar type having the six-sided sunburst star with a Prussian-type eagle in the center. The clamshell has the usual highly detailed Prussian eagle and looks great.
The scabbard shell is of black leather having twin accent lines on the edges and it is sewn up the rear. There is one small spot where the stitching has given out but it is not bad. The mounts are the type with scalloped edges and they are both retained with staples and have numbers beneath.
The black leather frog is a nice one which appears original to the piece. It is maker marked "Joseph Moll / Gogh / 1929". This frog dating goes very nicely with the vintage of this bayonet.
The blade measures 9 ½ inches long having wide fuller construction and needle-like tip. The nickel plating is good except in the enter area there is a little bit of spotting on both sides of the blade in the same place. Otherwise the blade is nice and overall would grade at least Excellent. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Early Alcoso trademark being the large letters "ACS" interspersed within the scales.
A very nice example here.
POLBAY #39895 Rural Police Bayonet – Alcoso
This Rural Police Bayonet has an excellent solid nickel hilt with fine plating. The details are outstanding throughout the eye and feathering of the eagle head pommel. There is a little “tap-tap” on the back of the pommel, but not much.
The crossguard is decorated with the standard pattern of overlapping oak leaves which run out to the quillon end. The reverse of the guard is plain except for the quillon end, which is also patterned in oak leaves. It is stamped “L. E. 9”, which matches the stamping see on the attached frog. This stamp indicates this bayonet comes from “Landjägerei Erfurt”.
The stag antler grips are very nice, with excellent grain and pleasing golden edges. They are retained by means of a pair of aluminum rivets with dressed obverse heads. The old holes left after the removal of the clamshell and shortening of the hilt are still there, albeit filled in. The Police insignia is an aluminum example which retains very crisp detailing.
The scabbard shell is one of the rarely seen types constructed of bold brown leather. This brown leather is a treat to see as they are so uncommon. Unfortunately there is a kink in the leather just past the center, but it has not negatively impacted the function of the scabbard. Beyond this kink the leather remains in good condition, with usual usual pattern of dual edge lines and sewn up the rear. The mounts are the standard nickel type, in good condition. They have fine scalloped edges and are retained by staples.
There is a fine, matching frog attached to the piece. It is absolutely original to this bayonet and remains in excellent condition, being the style retained by four rivets. It is not marked or dated on the reverse.
The 13 inch blade is a typical cut-down example, although the conversion was expertly done and it remains in first class condition. The nickel plated surfaces were done extremely well. The obverse ricasso of the blade is marked with the familiar Scales trademark used by the Alcoso firm. The reverse ricasso also has a Scales trademark as well as the name of the firm, “Alexander Koppel / Solingen”.
A nice Rural Police Bayonet here. These are getting very difficult to find these days.
Excellent Plus. $1,095.00
POLBAY #39765C Police Bayonet – WKC
The reverse of the scabbard is marked “S. D. I. 668”. This stamping indicates the bayonet was issued to the “Schutzpolizei Dusselforf”. The crossguard does not have this marking, however. The scabbard is constructed from black leather which looks to have been varnished years ago. The mounts are of nickel with scalloped edges, retained by staples.
The blade is the usual 13 inch long type, cut down from the original 17 inch length. The job was done well and the blade has a fine, sharp point. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, while the reverse has the full name of the company and the location, “Weyersberg Kirschbaum Solingen”.
A good Police Bayonet here, with an interesting scabbard.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00
POLBAY #39574 Long Police Clamshell Bayonet – Weyersberg & Kirschbaum
The pommel is in very, very choice condition, showing on sign of being used as an impromptu hammer. The beak of the bird is nice and sharp, and the detailing to the eye and beak is terrific.
The lower crossguard has extra-fine oak leaves with mixed acorn that runs to the end of the quillon. The center of the reverse guard is plain, with no signs of any numbering and the quillon end covered in fine oak leaves and acorns.
The clamshell is very fine, set with a Prussian eagle that is surrounded by fine oak leaves and lots of hand pebbling.
The grip plates of this bayonet are like new. These plates show virtually no wear at all, but have the telltale golden toning on the ages that speak to the true age. The grip is a deep, coffee brown with lighter brown in the raised grains. These plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed heads on both facings. In the center of the obverse grip is an aluminum Police insignia. It is the oval shaped, open style, and retains very fine detailing throughout. This bayonet must have put away on a shelf for years, as it shows almost no wear of any kind.
The scabbard shell is also in the same choice condition. The leather is new-like and has exceptional depth to the accent lines on the edges of both sides. This scabbard is sewn up the rear, and has virtually no bulging from the internal runners. The scabbard mounts are the traditional, scalloped type, retained by staples in the usual manner.
Attached to the scabbard is very fine frog. This accoutrement is constructed of black leather and it remains in choice condition.
The blade of the bayonet has been cut down, but not to the usual 13 inches; this example measures 14 inches and has a fine, needle-like tip. The conversion process was extremely professional and looks to have been a factory job as this blade remains in fully mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked “Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie”, with the obverse is stamped with the Knight Head trademark. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.
A very beautiful clamshell bayonet here.
Mint Minus. $1,995.00
POLBAY #38919 Rural Police Bayonet – Alexander Coppel
This Rural Police Bayonet is in nice condition throughout. The solid nickel-plated hilt is in nice condition, with nice enhancing to the eye and feathering of the bird pommel. There are a few nicks on the back plate were the original owner must have used his bayonet to tack up a few posters, a common sight on these bayonets.
The crossguards have the usual overlapping oak leaves on the obverse. The reverse has this treatment on the quillons. The smooth area of the guard is stamped “L. Ar. - 306”. This stamping is also seen on the upper scabbard fitting. It refers to the Prussian police district “Landjägerie Arnsberg”.
The genuine antler grip plates are in excellent condition, showing little wear and with pleasing brown tones to the graining. These plates are retained by means of aluminum rivets with dressed heads on both sides. The obverse grip emblem is an open aluminum Police eagle, showing little wear. The fact that this eagle shows so little wear could be indication that this piece was not worn frequently during the period.
The scabbard shell is an outstanding example. The fine brown leather is in excellent condition, decorated with the standard pattern of dual edge lines and being sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of matching solid nickel and are in good condition. They have scalloped ends where they meet the shell and are retained by staples in the usual fashion.
The 13 inch blade is a cut-down example; it is in nice condition except for a minor amount of pitting at the reverse tip. The blade has a fine wide fuller. The obverse is marked with the famous Scales logo of the firm, as well as the intials “ACS”. The reverse also has the Scales as well as the full name of the firm, “Alexander Coppel / Solingen”.
If you are looking for a nice Rural Police Bayonet, look no further.
POLBAY #38725C Police Bayonet with Aluminum Hilt – PDL
The pommel has excellent detail to the eagle's eye and feathering. The crossguard is also highly detailed, with overlapping leaves on the obverse and reverse quillon. There are no numbers tamped into this bayonet, which lead me to believe it was an officer's piece.
The grip plates are a very fine antler, quite thick with pleasing brown grains and golden edges. These grip plates are retained by aluminum rivets with dressed heads on both sides. The is a slivered, open style Police Eagle on this grip. The head, breast and wing feathering of this bird show some hand wear, but are not obscured.
The scabbard shell is of black leather. It is decorated with accent lines that run the length of both sides and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are the standard nickel type with scalloped edges where they meet the leather. The mounts have numbers stamped beneath the staples.
Attached to the upper mount is a fine black leather frog. This frog is in very good condition and, being leather, has no attic crazing. It is also a quality example with a center placed rivet on the reverse.
The 13 inches blade is a cut-down version. It is a beauty, however, in fully mint condition and with an outstanding modification. It is stamped on the reverse with the old fashioned Sword and Helmet logo of the PD Lüneschloss firm. The is also a leather washer which is original to the piece.
This is probably an early example given the trademark. It is interesting to see that aluminum was being used on such an early piece.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00
POLBAY #37351 Municipal Police Bayonet – Alcoso
This Police Bayonet has a good hilt, being constructed from heavy brass with an excellent nickel-plated finish. There is a little bit of wear, but only on the upper pommel. The rest of the eagle head design is still quite crisp, with good detail to the eye and feathering.
The crossguard below features overlapping oak leaves on the obverse, while on the reverse the oak leaves are only on the ends of the quillon. The rest is plain and stamped with the property code “S.AR.IV.52”. Unfortunately this number does not match the code seen on the scabbard, which is “S.B8053”. As we know, the NSDAP did not seem to care about these property numbers; they only served a purpose during the Weimar period.
The grip plates of this example are constructed of very fine stag. The antler has appealing dark coffee colors in the lower areas of both sides, being slightly lighter on the grain portions. The plates have the filled-in holes at the bottom, evidence of the shortening and clamshell removal that took place during the Nazi period. The center obverse of the grip is set with an open style aluminum Police insignia. It shows quite a bit of surface wear; this bayonet was obviously owned by a most active policeman.
The scabbard shell is of good black leather, having twin trim lines that run the length of both edges. The reverse is sewn up the rear. This leather is still in excellent, supple condition. The scabbard mounts are of solid nickel with scalloped edges. They are retained by staples.
The upper mount is fitted with a lug which anchors the original frog. This frog is a very dark brown color, showing some age throughout but still in sound condition.
The blade is a typical, cut down type. It measures 13 inches in length, with a wide fuller that runs all the way to the tip. The fact that the fullers run this far is a sure sign that the blade has been cut down. The work was done extremely well, however, and if you did not know the blade was altered you would never suspect it. The blade has excellent, high quality nickel plating and remains in nearly Mint condition.
The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Alcoso trademark used during the 20's and early 30's, being a large set of scale with the initials of the firm interspersed, “ACS”. The reverse ricasso bears the full name of the company in a downward arch, positioned over another set of scales. Below, in an upward arch, is the location city of “Solingen”.
A good, strong, Police Bayonet here.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
POLBAY #36967C Rural Police Bayonet
The hilt features the eagle-headed pommel design, where the bird is looking to the left. There is nice detail to the bird's eye, as well as the feathering beneath.
The crossguard features a design of raised oak leaves on the obverse facing, while the reverse the oak leaves appear only at the quillon end. Normally there would be a serial number reserved for the plain area, however on this example the serial number was ground off by the Nazis. The original number, however, still remains on the reverse of the scabbard mount. It reads “SE 12620”. Tying this in nicely is the fact that the blade edge and upper scabbard mount are both stamped “907”. These numbers were probably all done during the Wiemar period, the crossguard number being ground off as it was not needed by the Nazis. The serial number of this piece indicates that during the Wiemar time the bayonet was carried by the Schutzpolizei from Erfurt.
The grip plates are nicely tones, having very fine golden edges and deep brown tones at the lower portions of the grains. The plates show a little wear, but go nicely with the rest of the bayonet. Aluminum rivets retain the grips; the lower obverse rivet looks like it was hit by something as the dressed head is slightly disfigured. The reverse rivets are in nice condition, with dressed heads. The Police insignia is the aluminum open style. It features an open winged eagle with a wreathed swastika, positioned over a wreath of oak leaves. There is little wear to this eagle, a good indication that this bayonet was not worn a lot during the Third Reich time. Most of the wear to this bayonet would have come during the Wiemar Period.
The scabbard shell is a fine, rich brown color. The leather is in excellent condition, showing very little age or usage, being sewn up the rear in the normal fashion. The scabbard mounts are nickel type, having scalloped edges where they meet they shell. The mounts are retained by staples, and the lower ball is in perfect condition.
There is a frog attached to the upper lug. This frog appears to be original to the piece. The frog has excellent black leather, showing a little age, but a little bit of show cream could nurture this frog back to new-like condition.
The 13 inch blade is as nice as they come. Traditionally, as is the case with most Nazi-worn Police bayonets, the blade has been trimmed down from the original 17 inch length. The job was well done, however, and if you did not know this you would probably not realize the blade is cut down. The original nickel finish is still completely bright and this blade grades in Near Mint condition. There is also an arsenal mark on the blade edge, next to the the stamped “907”. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the knight's head trademark, while the reverse has the firm's full name and location, “Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co. / Solingen”.
A fine Police Bayonet here, which is quite rare to find with a good brown leather scabbard.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
POLBAY #36015 Municipal Police Bayonet – Alcoso
This Municipal Police Bayonet is the standard proportion type showing some mild usage to the hilt area. The pommel still has good detail to the eagle’s beak, eye and feathering. The crossguard with its upward teardrop quillon has the overlapping oak leaves on the obverse. On the reverse only half of the crossguard has the oak leaves while the lower half is left plain for the stamping of the property numbers. These numbers are mismatched. The number on the hilt is “L.Ar.143”.
The grip plates are a fine stag showing some wear to the surfaces. The wear probably mostly happened during the Weimar period as the aluminum Third Reich eagle shows only modest wear. These grip plates also have the old holes that were filled in when the hilt was reduced during the removal of the clamshell during the Weimar period. The stag plates are retained by aluminum rivets having dressed heads on both sides. As indicated above the grip insignia is in excellent condition showing outstanding detail to the wreath and the superimposed open-winged eagle with wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is a fine black leather example having decorative twin lines running the length of the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the rear. This scabbard leather is still supple. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type having staple retainage. The lower amount is somewhat dark with age but may clean up some with some effort.
The scabbard is fitted with a fine brown frog. This brown frog is in choice condition and is marked on the reverse with the maker town and also the date. It is, “A&H. Foldherr / Erkraun / 1937”. There is also the letters “PO” that are stamped beneath the maker stamping. This quality frog is retained by four aluminum rivets. The reverse upper scabbard mount is marked, “SD III 205”. As stated above it does not match the bayonet. This did not mean anything as far as the bayonets used during the Third Reich as these property numbers went back to the Weimar time.
The blade is the usual cut down variety. This blade though is in excellent condition being in a near mint state. The cut down job was extremely well done and if you did not know this you probably would not notice that the bayonet was made shorter to the 13-inch specification during the Third Reich. This fine blade is stamped on the obverse with the scales having the firm’s initials, “ACS” interspersed. On the reverse is the full name of the maker, “Alexander Coppel”. The name is over the scales with letters and beneath is the location city of “Solingen”. A decent police bayonet here which if it had matched numbers would be priced higher. A very good value especially give the choice frog.
POLBAY #34994 Municipal Police Bayonet - WKC
This Municipal Police Bayonet has a nice patination across all of its surfaces, and does not look to have been cleaned since the War. It shows some minor wear to the details of the eye and feathering to the eagle pommel. There are some signs of tapping on the reverse pommel, but it is negligible. The crossguard and quillon have the traditional overlapping oak leaves on the obverse and on the reverse end area. The reverse center area is left plain, and is stamped with the property numbers, "S.B. 333". The upper scabbard mount is mismatched, but is also stamped with "S.B. 7557". Since these initials indicate that the scabbard and the bayonet come from the same area, it can easily be assumed that the mismatching occurred at the time the bayonet was re-hilted, and the blade was cut down. The "S.B" would stand for Schutzpolizei Berlin. The hilt is equipped with outstanding stag grip plates. These grip plates have deeply toned to a golden hue along the edges, and also to the top areas of the grains. The grains below are a rich, coffee color. A great set of grip plates here, which are retained with aluminum rivets, having dressed obverse and reverse heads.
The aluminum police insignia shows some minor wear, but all details are still discernible. It features an open winged police eagle, looking to the viewer's left, clutching a mobile swastika within a wreath. It is extremely interesting to note that instead of being pinned into the grip, this particular insignia has tiny brads by which it is retained. These brads are located on the tip of each wing, and at the twelve o' clock leg of the swastika. These brads are absolutely period, and the insignia still wiggles, indicating that it has been a very long time since this retainage has been done. It is always interesting in this hobby, as we never see it all! I must have sold at least a hundred bayonets like these over the years, and this is the first period example I have seen with this type of insignia retainage.
The leather scabbard shell is in excellent condition throughout, being sewn up the rear in the normal method, and having twin decorative lines which run the length of both sides. There are a few scuffs to the leather, but these are extremely superficial, and would easily cover with a little bit of shoe polish. The mounts have matching patination, and are in fine condition, having scalloped edges and being retained in the usual manner. There is a black frog attached, which is a patent leather style, having the usual attic crazing. It shows age but it is still serviceable. The blade of this example has been cut down to the thirteen inch length. It has outstanding nickel plated surfaces, which are bright throughout, and if you did not know that this blade was cut down, you probably would not notice it. This blade grades in near mint condition. It has an old arsenal stamping on the spine, and on the obverse ricasso is stamped with the knighthead logo. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the full name and location of this well-known firm, "WEYERSBERG/KIRSCHBAUM & CIE/SOLINGEN". A nice, original example here, with interesting insignia retainage.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
POLBAY #34787 Police Bayonet – Carl Eickhorn
This Police Bayonet is equipped with solid nickel mounts throughout. The detail to the eagle head pommel, eye and feathering below is still excellent. There are some hammering marks on the reverse of the hilt where the original owner apparently nailed in a few posters. The quillon crossguard has the usual overlapping raised out oak leaves on the obverse and half of the quillon is done on the reverse. The smooth area once had a number but the number has been ground off. The grip plates are a very pleasing tan color stag. The recesses of the obverse grains have some darker color in the backgrounds as does the reverse grip plate. This plate has very little grain on the reverse. The insignia is most interesting being the standard aluminum open police type. The eagle is the usual open-winged type clutching a swastika within a wreath. The bird is superimposed over a wreath of oak leaves. But what is interesting about this insignia is the fact that the worker who converted this piece from a clamshell decided to cut out the stag to accommodate the insignia. I have had many police bayonets over the years and this is the first example I have encountered that has this type of workmanship. It really looks great and allows the grip eagle to nest within the plates making it flush so the result has been there is little wear to this bird – nice! These plates are retained by aluminum rivets having dressed heads on both sides. It is also interesting to note that the upper rivet has been countersunk into the stag while the lower one has been left flush. This was probably an effort to give a fine hand-hold on the grip. Great stuff here.
The scabbard shell is a darker brown leather and it shows some nominal age and wear but is still in good condition. This shell has the usual twin decorative lines on both sides of the edges and it is sewn up the rear. The nickel mounts have the scalloped edges and are retained by staples in the usual manner. I took a look beneath the frog on the reverse upper mount and this is stamped, “PBg 250”. This may have been the number that was ground off of the upper guard but it is hard to say. As we know, these numbers meant nothing to the Third Reich police thus the reasons they are buffed out or in some cases x’d out entirely. At any rate, this identification stamping identifies this police bayonet as being worn in the Prussian state and actually used at the Polizeischule Brandenburg. This was a police school for Berlin. The frog is a very fine brown example still being in excellent plus condition. This frog is stamped on the back, “19.J.R.”. Normally this would be an army identical possibly to a Jaeger regiment but since it is on this bayonet and appears to have always been with it I see no harm in leaving it there. The cut down blade is the usual 13-inch length having wide fuller construction that runs to nearly the tip. The cut down job was done quite well and the bayonet tip is still needlelike. There is some age on the bayonet but not bad on the front being near mint. On the reverse though there is still some smudge here and there and it grades at about excellent on the reverse. It is also interesting to note that there are arsenal marks on the spine as well as the number, “R31”. This same number is stamped on the upper spine area of the quillon. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the large double oval circle used prior to 1933. These large double ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated squirrel with serrated tail holding a nut in his paws. The animal is positioned over the firm’s initials, “C.E.”. A decent bayonet here with lots of interesting aspects.
POLBAY #34878 Municipal Police Bayonet – Carl Eickhorn
This solid nickel Municipal Police example still has very nice detail to the eagle head pommel with the bird’s eye and feathering below. There are some mild hammer marks on the reverse of the hilt but not bad. The lower quillon reflects the overlapping oak leaves and on the reverse has half of the quillon covered with same. The smooth area has the original property numbers, “PBd.801”. This would identify the bayonet as belonging to a police school in Prussia being in the Brandenburg area. On the lower reverse scabbard mount there are crossed out property numbers but it is still easy to see that they are “SP5952”. These numbers would also be from Berlin with the “S” letter standing for Schutzepolizei. The fact that the numbers are crossed out is an indication that these markings meant nothing to the Third Reich police when these bayonets were refitted to remove the clamshells and shorten the blades. The grip plates are a very pleasing stag having golden upper areas with rich brown coffee color recesses. The edges are all a golden color. The insignia is the standard open style aluminum type featuring an open-winged police eagle grasping a swastika within a wreath. The bird is superimposed over a wreath of oak leaves. This insignia shows quite a bit of wear especially to the center areas. This bayonet saw some life during the Third Reich time!
The scabbard shell is a fine black leather still being supple and in excellent condition. This leather does not show a lot of age. It is decorated in the usual manner with the twin lines running down the edges of both sides. The reverse center area is sewn up the rear. The fine conditioned nickel scabbard mounts have the scalloped edges and are retained by staples. There is no frog on this piece.
The blade is the usual 13 inch length and has been cut down. The cut down job was quite well done but the viewer is able to see the area where the work was started on the blade as it is slightly duller than the bright areas of the blade where the nickel plating is still in mint condition. Overall though the blade is still a nice example and grades in excellent to excellent plus. This blade is stamped on the spine with the number “567” and also has some arsenal marks. The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the large double oval circles trademark. The circles contain the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. In the center is a serrated tail squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The animal is seated over the firm’s initials, “C.E.”. A pretty good example here and in very collectible condition.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
POLBAY #34479 Slotted Municipal Police Bayonet - Alcoso
This Municipal Police Bayonet has the large proportion hilt, which is equipped with a mortise and rifle slot at the pommel. The mortise button works well. The pommel is decorated with engraved feathering and shows nice detail. The crossguard/quillon has raised, overlapping, oak leaves on the obverse. On the reverse, the crossguard area is plain, showing grinding, with oak leaves at the quillon. Stamped over the grinding was a new number by the Nazi police, "15". This number matches the "15" on the reverse. The grip plates are genuine stag, and have good, tan and brown surfaces with nice grains. The edges have turned golden. These grip plates are retained by aluminum rivets, having dressed heads on both sides. The original installer here took a little extra effort, and countersunk the holes in the stag, and the rivets fit flush. The police insignia on the obverse grip is the pierced style, having an oval wreath of oak leaves in the background, and an open winged police eagle superimposed. This eagle shows some wear to the breast feathering, head, and also to the wing feathers and wreath. Overall though, most of the detail is still available. The eagle grasps a wreathed swastika in his talons. The scabbard shell shows some age to the leather, but overall, it is still in good, collectible condition. The leather is decorated with the twin lines that accent both of the edges on each side. The police scabbard mounts are the solid, nickel type, having scalloped edges where they meet the leather. These mounts show quite a bit of carrying wear, and a few minor dings here and there. They are retained by staples on the reverse in the usual manner.
The frog is a black leather type, having a somewhat rough finish, but not as rough as the K98 types are. This frog shows age commensurate with the rest of the leather, but is still sound. The frog is constructed with four rivets. The reverse of the frog does not have a nick or stamping. The blade is the cutdown version, reduced to 13". The cutdown job was well executed, with a good, sharp tip. The nickeling to the blade is still bright, but there are some spots along the spine edge, and the cutting edge, centered mostly around the middle of the blade. Overall though, it is not bad, and the blade still grades easily at excellent. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the large scales, having the firm's initials, "ACS", interspersed. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the firm's full name in an arch, "Alexander Coppel". Underneath is a smaller version of the scales with the ACS letters. At the bottom in an arch going upward is the location city, "Solingen". A good, basic, bayonet here, and the slotted types are more difficult to find than the plain examples.
POLBAY #32158C Municipal Police Bayonet marked "5"
This Municipal Police Bayonet is one of the early Weimar types that were re-worked by the Nazis. There is no maker mark that appears on the blade, but I have a feeling that it may have been removed during the rework process. At any rate, the bayonet is of all heavy solid construction, having excellent detail to the hilt fittings. The eagle head pommel is exceptionally nice, having deep engravings throughout the bird’s eye and feather detail. There is also a number of tap, tap hammer marks on the reverse hilt, where no doubt, this policeman was busy putting up posters. The crossguard has good oak leafing, which also shows little wear. The reverse crossguard is plain on the center area with oak leaves at the quillon ends. The number, “5,” is stamped on the plain area and this matches the number stamped on the reverse upper scabbard fitting. The grip plates are a pleasing tan stag color. The stag is still in excellent condition, having nice graining and gold toned edges. These grip plates are retained by aluminum rivets, which have dressed heads on both sides. The police eagle is an aluminum open type. There is an oak leaf behind the bird. The bird has open wings, looks to the left and has excellent detail throughout his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.
The scabbard shell is black leather. This leather appears in good condition, showing some minor age, but still supple. It is sewn up the rear and has the usual twin decorative lines running the length of both sides. The solid nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition throughout, held by staples in the reverse. The blade of this example is the cut down version and is in choice mint condition throughout. In fact, this blade appears to have been re-plated after the tip was shortened and this would surely explain why there is no maker mark on the ricasso. A very fine, mint-conditioned blade. I also note that there is no arsenal note on the upper blade spine. Another reason to think that the blade was re-plated and this mark was also removed before the plating. A nice example here, having some special work done, given the fact that the rivet heads are even dressed on the reverse. A fine example.
Excellent Plus. $895.00