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 #35540 Municipal Police Bayonet - Alexander Coppel
This Municipal Police Bayonet has excellent nickel hilt mounts. The pommel features the eagle head which looks to the viewer's left. The bird is deeply engraved throughout to demonstrate his eye, as well as feathering beneath the head. The crossguard has good detail to the hand enhanced, overlapping oak leaves. They run the full length of the obverse crossguard, and half of the reverse crossguard, leaving the other area plain.
Stamped into the plain area are property stampings that were used during the Weimar period. The property markings are "S. WOR. I. 368." These numbers match the numbers stamped on the reverse of the scabbard frog. These numbers would indicate that this bayonet comes from the "Schutzpolizei West Prussia".
The grip plates are quite attractive on this example. They have lots of gold tones and coffee color grains blending together for a good treat to the eyes. The edges of the stag also have turned an appealing color. The original holes, which are at the lower edge of both grips, have the fill still in them, stemming from the period when the Nazis removed the clamshell, and shortened the blade on these Weimar Period bayonets. The grip insignia is the standard aluminum open type, still having excellent detail throughout. There is little wear to this insignia. It features an open winged eagle, which looks to the viewers left, clutching a wreath with mobile swastika. The eagle is superimposed over an oval wreath oak leaves.
The scabbard shell is a fine, black leather still in excellent condition. This leather is sewn up the rear, and is decorated with twin lines, which run the length of both edges. The scabbard mounts are the nickel type, having scalloped edges where they meet the shell. These mounts are in good condition, showing some usage, and they are retained with staples. There is a large proportioned, black frog attached to the scabbard, which appears original to this piece. This frog remains in good condition.
The thirteen inch blade is the cut down style, and it is still mostly bright throughout. The blade shows a little bit of sharpening in the past, but it is not bad, and it is not scoring the finish to any real extent. This blade still grades at excellent plus condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the scales trademark, which has the firm's initials interspersed, "ACS". On the reverse ricasso, the scales also appear and over them is the full block letter name of the company and beneath is the location, "ALEXANDER KOPPEL SOLINGEN".
A good conditioned Municipal Police Bayonet 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 #39474 Police Bayonet with SS Dedication Panel – Carl Eickhorn
This Police Bayonet is quite thrilling and I was lucky enough to purchase it at the last SOS Show. It is a lightweight piece, most likely designed for an officer. It started it’s life as a clamshell example with a 17 inch blade, which was cut down to the more manageable 13 inch length. It is interesting to note that this blade bears the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark, meaning that even at this date long bayonets with clamshells were still being made.
The hilt of this bayonet appears to be aluminum, having a high-quality silver plating. The eagles head, beak and feathering is very finely rendered. The crossguard is decorated with overlapping oak leaves which run out to the end of the quillon. On the reverse on ly the end of the quillon has oak leaves. The center is plain and is stamped “N28”. There is no matching stamp on the scabbard mounts, however.
The grip plates almost quite beautiful, being of well-chosen antler. It is a light brown that fades to even lighter tones on the raised portions of the grain. The edges have toned to a fine golden hue from age. It is interesting to note that they original placement of the rivets from when it was a clamshell have been filled in the normal manner. The removal of the clamshell demanded everything be lowered so we see these extra holes on these converted bayonets. The remounting of the grip plates, though, was done in an extremely expert manner. These rivets are countersunk and have fine obverse heads, while on the reverse the rivets have been flattened and rounded, imparting a terrific look. The police eagle insignia, no doubt installed during the conversion, is the open, oval style. This aluminum eagle remains in pristine condition, a good indicator that this piece was not worn often.
The scabbard shell is a black leather example, and it too was shortened when the bayonet was converted. The leather shows some age but is still in excellent shape and is sewn up the rear. In keeping with the nicer features of the hilt the scabbard mounts are also high quality, being silver plated instead of the usual nickel plate. They have developed a nice patina over the years and are in perfect condition.
The real exciting part of this bayonet, however, is the presentation plaque that wraps around the scabbard, just under the upper mount. This plaque has decorative edges and looks to be retains by being forced into place around the edges of the scabbard. Beautifully engraved in Gothic-style lettering is the dedication, “Dem Führer d. 28 / SS Standarte / v. s. Stab / Wehn 1935”. In other words this bayonets was a Christmas gift to the staff leader of the 28th SS Standarte in 1935. As most collectors know many Third Reich policemen were also members of the SS; presumably this was the case here. Below the inscription is an immobile swastika which is extremely well rendered, having shading between the legs. At the bottom of the swastika and plaque is some type of hallmark; it looks like “KJAG”. I don’t know the meaning of this mark.
The blade is an outstanding example which appears to be a factory cut-down. Looking at this blade there is no way a bunch of armory men did this work, instead being sent back to Eickhorn for proper conversion. It is in stone mint condition and is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark.
A remarkable bayonet here, and sure to be a real highlight in a Police collection.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,495.00
POLBAY #39472 Gilded Brass Prussian/Weimar Police Clamshell Bayonet – Robert Klaas
The pommel is in excellent condition, with good detailing the eye, beak, and feathering of the eagle. Looking at the back of the pommel there is no sign of any improper hammering; the job of putting up posters fell to the lower ranks.
The crossguard is a fine, matching example, with overlapping oak leaves that run to the top of the quillon. The opposite side is plain at the center but duplicates the oak leaves on the quillon end. Below the guard is a fine clamshell, decorated with a Prussian eagle. This bird looks to the right and has half-opened wings. His talons look like they are ready to snatch something up. The bird is surrounded by springs of oak leaves and the backgrounds of the head and neck areas have been hand pebbled.
The grip plates are of fine, light colored antler. They are expertly fitted and the edges have toned to a golden hue from age. These plates are retained by fine nickel rivets, with dressed heads on both facings. The obverse center of the grip is equipped with the Weimar-style, six-sided sunburst star with a Prussian eagle in the center.
This bayonet is in a metal scabbard, as opposed to the usual leather type. This scabbard is in perfect condition on the obverse and has only one small ding in the reverse center. It is just a “BB” hit, and is nothing. The paint looks to be 100% intact.
Attached to the scabbard is the original black leather frog, which remains in very choice condition.
The blade of this bayonet measures 9 ½ inches. It has a good, nickel-plated finish, although it does show some minor age in the surface. It is not bad, though, and the blade does remains bright. It has a wide fuller. The reverse is marked with the Kissing Cranes trademark of the Klaas firm, and the fine, original leather buffer is in place.
If you are looking for rare clamshell bayonet, this is it. There was a small division of Prussian police that wore gilded bayonets; this piece is one of those examples. A rare bayonet here, to be sure.
Excellent Plus. $2,395.00
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 #38434C Presentation Police Bayonet with Aluminum Hilt – WKC
The hilt has outstanding detail to the aluminum casting. The bird head pommel is in exceptional condition and shows little if any evidence of wear. The oak leaf decoration on the crossguard is in the same state of preservation. The reverse guard is predominately plain, with the oak leaves only on the quillon end.
The grip plates are of very fine stag, in appealing shades of brown with golden edges. These plates are retained by steel rivets with dressed heads on either side. The matching aluminum Police insignia is a real beauty, showing little to no wear.
The scabbard shell is of black leather, having a little bit of age cracking in the surfaces but nothing too bad. The leather is decorated with the usual pair of accent lines running along the edges and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard has been fitted out with typical WKC mounts; these mounts have arched edges where they meet the leather, as opposed to the usual scalloped type. We see this a lot from WKC.
There is a fine matching black frog with this bayonet, in good condition. Attached to the frog is a leather Police Troddel, tied in the proper manner. The troddel has a leather slide with gold and red trim and the stem is the flat metal type covered in crochet-like bullion. The bullion ball is in excellent condition, with a “cat's anus” stuffing of red, white and black thread.
The blade of this bayonet is really where things get interesting as there is a presentation on both sides. The short blade is only 9 ½ inches long and is made with a wide fuller. The blade dedication is engraved on this blade, not etched. Although it is lightly done due to the hardness of the metal it is still very legible, although the script makes the German somewhat difficult to read if you are not a native speaker. The obverse presentation reads, “Kraftfahr Staffel Kassel 9 Mai 1941 / Walter Keil 11 10”. On the reverse it reads, “Zür Erinnerüng an mein Gastspeil in Kassel / geschrieben (unclear) dein (unclear)kamarade / H (unclear)”.
It is rare to see presentation Police bayonets so this is a very interesting piece. The engraving was obliviously performed by a professional. A very fine example here!
Excellent Plus. $1,695.00
POLBAY #38433C Police Bayonet – WKC
The crossguard has the usual pattern over overlapping oak leaves across the obverse facing and on the reverse quillon. Stamped into the plain area on the reverse is “547”. The upper scabbard area is stamped “SW I 365”. I don't know if these are mismatched numbers or not; in any event this bayonet and scabbard have always been together.
The grip plates are of beautiful antler which has toned to a dark coffee color with golden edges; these tow plates almost exactly match each other. They are retained by aluminum rivets with dressed heads on both sides. The fine Police insignia has been expertly set into the obverse plate.
The scabbard shell is also in excellent condition. The leather is decorated with the usual pair of accent lines running along the edges and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts have scalloped edges and are retained by staples.
Included with this bayonet is a good, unmarked black frog as well as a Army NCO's troddel.
The blade is a very fine example, being cut down and now measuring 13 inches. The modification was expertly done and looks very good. This blade has highest quality nickel plating and remains in nearly mint condition. The obverse blade is stamped with the WKC Knight Head trademark, and the original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A very nice Police Bayonet here.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
POLBAY #38138 Municipal Police Bayonet – Pd. Lüneschloss
The nickel plating throughout the hilt is exceptional, showing no wear. Usually we see spots of brass coming through the thinning plate but there is none of that on this piece. The detail to the eye of the eagle pommel is exceptional, as is the crisp feathering beneath.
The crossguard has the usual overlapping oak leaves. I see something on this piece that I've never noticed before because of the fine condition. On the end of leafing at the quillon is actually stippled; usually this would be the first thing to wear off given the location. The same is true on the reverse quillon. This is really something to see as I never noticed it in the past. The original Wiemar serial number was ground off the quillon, with the new number “634” then stamped in the center. On the reverse scabbard mount the old number was simply crossed off and the new code stamped beneath it. Looking at my records I think this bayonet was used in Dusseldorf.
The grip plates are also extremely appealing. The stag has toned to a very dark shade and looks quite rich. The areas where the stag was trimmed have taken on a darker color than we normally see. The areas of the stag pierced to accept the rivets have been countersunk, which is something we don't normally see. It speaks to the fine workmanship of the man who converted the bayonet. The standard Police grip insignia is also new-like, which is also very rare to see.
The fine blade of this bayonet cut down to 13 inches. The job was extremely well done and other than the area where the plating was removed it is almost impossible to tell it was shortened. There reverse ricasso is horizontally stamped “Pd. Lüneschloss Solingen”.
An extremely well preserved Police Bayonet here, one of the best I can recall handling.
Near Mint. $995.00
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 #35418 Slotted Municipal Police Bayonet - Weyersberg & Kirschbaum
This Slotted Municipal Police Bayonet does not appear to have been ever cleaned, but the mounts throughout show good condition to the nickel plating. The pommel is in the shape of the eagle head, looking to the viewer's left, and has good detail to the fethering decoration to the head. The mortice button works and there is a rifle slot with this example. The crossguard is covered with overlapping, raised oak leaves on the obverse, and half of the reverse crossguard has the leaves.
The plain part is stamped with the original property numbers that were used during the Weimar period "S.OP. I. 63". This property number translates out to be once the property of Schutzpolizei Oppeln. I do not know where Oppeln is, but it would be easy for an interested purchaser to look up this area.
The grip plates, which show a little bit of minor wear, are still in good condition. The lower edge of each plate shows just a tad of the original lower holes that were in the plates when the bayonet was longer and had a clamshell prior to the Nazis reworking it. These plates are a lighter color tan, with some darker browns in the deeper grain areas. The plates are retained by aluminum rivets, having dressed heads on the obverse. The police grip insignia is the open aluminum type, showing some mild surface wear. The insignia motif consists of an open winged eagle, clutching a swastika inside of a wreath. The eagle is superimposed over an oval wreath of oak leaves.
The scabbard is a dark brown/black leather shell which is in surprisingly good condition. This leather is still supple, being sewn up the rear in the standard manner. It has the twin line decorations which run down the edges of both sides. The nickel scabbard mounts have the scalloped edges where they meet the leather,and they are retained by staples. The property number is stamped on the upper scabbard mount, which matches that of the number on the crossguard.
The thirteen inch blade reflects the cut down end, but the cut down was done quite nicely, and overall the blade is still nice and bright. This blade is also marked on the spine with some old arsenal stampings, plus the number "2". The blade has the wide, fuller construction which runs to the tip, which is also an easy wasy to tell when a police bayonet blade has been cut down. On blades that were made the original length that you are looking at, the fuller will stop well short of the tip. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the knighthead trademark, and on the opposite side, it has the full name and location of the producer: "WEYERSBERG KIRSCHBAUM & CIE SOLINGEN.
This is a good looking bayonet that would clean up substantially if the next purchaser should choose to do so, and if you can acquire a frog and a knot, you'll have a really fine example!
Excellent Plus. $795.00
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 #34996 Municipal Police Bayonet with Frog and Portepee - Alcoso
This Municipal Police Bayonet is the large proportion solid nickel type. The hilt shows some mild usage, but all of the details remain to the eye in the pommel bird's head, as well as the feathering. The crossguard has the traditional raised oak leaves, which follow its length up to the quillon tip. The reverse of the crossguard is plain in the center area, and has oak leaves on the quillon end. This crossguard is property stamped, "S. Lg 293". There is a matching number stamped on the reverse upper scabbard mount. This property stamping means that this police bayonet was originally issued during the Weimar time to the Schutzpolizei Luneberg. The stag grips are the traditional antler type, and they are very nicely made and fitted. These grips have appealing, tan coloring in the recesses, and the edges and peaks of the grain have turned a nice, golden color. The grip plates are retained by two aluminum rivets, having dressed heads on both sides. There is a fine, silvered, open style grip insignia, which depicts an open winged eagle, clutching a swastika within a wreath. The bird is superimposed over a wreath of oak leaves. All of the details remain on this fine police insignia. The reverse of the pommel shows only the most modest of "tap-tap" from putting up posters.
The scabbard shell is made of fine, black leather, showing some moderate age, but still in good condition, having its original shape. The leather is decorated with twin lines which run the length of the edges on both sides. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel, having scalloped edges. These mounts are in excellent condition, the lower example showing some signs of carrying, but nothing bad. There is a large black frog which accompanies this bayonet. The frog is the K-98 style, having the slightly rougher surface. It is in good condition, and it is retained by four rivets. This frog is also maker marked on the reverse, as well as having the date, "1941". Wrapped about the frog is what appears to be the original portepee. This portepee is the leather type, which is decorated with three rows of aluminum stitching, with a red highlight running down the center row. The leather is still in excellent condition to this portopee, having a tiny bit of fray, just where the knot rubs against the bayonet hilt. The slide is a black style, having red highlights, and the stem is the flat variety, having crochet-like aluminum covering. The oval ball is of bullion style thread, having an insert of thread being black, white, and red.
The blade of this example is a cut down version, being the traditional thirteen inches in length. This blade has good, nickel plated finish, showing some minor age in the surfaces, but still grades in excellent plus condition. The cut down area at the tip was well done, and blends in fairly nicely. The obverse ricasso is maker marked with the scales, having the firm's initials, "ACS" interspersed. On the reverse is the firm's full name and location, "ALEXANDER COPPEL/SOLINGEN", having the scales and initials inside. A good, complete, matching Police Bayonet here.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
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 #33233 Police Slotted Bayonet - Carl Eickhorn
This Slotted Bayonet is the large proportion type and it is in very nice condition throughout. The pommel area features the bird head looking to the left with good crisp curved beak. The feathering below is also very nicely done, having lots of hand enhancing. This police bayonet is the slotted type and it has a working mortise button and lock. The crossguard/quillon is decorated with raised overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The reverse quillon section also is, while the center area is plain. The plain area on the reverse once had a number on it, but it has been ground out. The Nazis had no use for these property numbers, as they were originally used by the Weimar Police. There is just a small vague number “7” which can be seen beneath the grinding. The scabbard reverse upper fitting is still property marked, as this number was not ground off. The number there is “SS 47”. Obviously, these two parts match each other. Contrary to popular belief, the S.S. stampings have nothing to do with the Schutz Steffel. Rather, they stand for Schutzpolizi Schneidemühl which was an area in Prussia called the Schneidemühl District. The stag grip plates on this example are real beauties. Both of them were cut and fit by a real Master. They feature dark brown backgrounds with slightly lighter raised grains. The grip plates are retained by two aluminum rivets, having dressed heads on the obverse. It is interesting to note that the upper rivet has been nicely countersunk into the grip. The lower section of both grip plates still have the fill that was used to close up the old holes that existed when the bayonet once had a clamshell. The police insignia is also a fine example, showing only nominal wear. It is the aluminum pierced type, featuring a background oval wreath of overlapping oak leaves. An open winged Police Eagle stretches over the wreath, having good detail to its head, breast feathering, and swastika within a second wreath. A very fine hilt here!
The scabbard of this example is also in good condition, having a fine leather shell. The shell has a little bit of “runner push-out” at the top, which is fairly normal for these pieces. There is some age to the leather and a few scuffs here-and-there, but nothing bad. The leather shell features twin decorative lines running down the edges of both sides, and the shell is sewn up the rear in the normal fashion. The nickel scabbard mounts are the style with scalloped edges where they meet the leather. They are retained by staples on the reverse. There is a good hanger attached to the bayonet. It looks to me to be more of an Army Dress bayonet type frog, but it is still in good condition and is the style with a quality rivet in the reverse. This brown frog shows little-to-no crazing, and it is also complete with a fine police portepee. This portepee is the black leather strap type, having triple rows of aluminum stitching running the length. The center stitch is highlighted with red thread. The thong leather slide matches nicely with red and aluminum bullion highlights. The stem is the metal flat type, covered in a crochet-like aluminum brocade. The oval ball is aluminum thread-like bullion with a stuffing of black, red, and white thread. This knot shows little-to-no wear. It is also properly tied and appears to have been on the bayonet for some time.
The cut-down 13 inch blade is a fine example. It has excellent nickel plating and the cut-down portion at the end is hardly noticeable. This blade grades in near mint condition. The blade also has some old arsenal markings on the spine, consisting of the number “693”, with some type of waffen amt. On the reverse there is also the large double ovals used by the Eickhorn from about 1931 through 1934. The 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. Beneath the animal are the letters “C.E.”. There is also an original-to-the-piece brown leather buffer. A high quality example here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00
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