Prior to the centralizing of the German Police forces in
1936, many Police units wore very long bayonets equipped with
a clamshell device. 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 leafing. The scabbard was a 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 were sans 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 #34933C Weimar Police Clamshell Bayonet
This Weimar Police Clamshell Bayonet is a very fine piece, being of solid nickel construction throughout and since it is of smaller proportion I believe it was originally an officer’s model. The eagle head pommel is in outstanding condition with fine detail throughout the bird’s beak, eye and feathering. There are no hammering marks on the backside of the hilt which is another indication that perhaps this was an officer’s piece. The clamshell has the usual overlapping oak leaves on the obverse and half of the reverse crossguard is left plain. There are no numbers on this piece. The grip plates are a fine stag being a lighter color tone on the obverse with rich browns in the recesses. The reverse grip is much darker brown and both plates have golden color edges. The grip plates are retained by two steel rivets having dressed heads on both sides. The obverse heads have been recessed. The insignia on this grip is the six-sided sunburst type used by the Weimar police. The insignia portrays a Prussian eagle in the center. The detail is still quite good to this insignia indicating little wear. The clamshell below has a fine presentation of the Prussian eagle. The eagle is highly detailed throughout showing little to no wear. The backgrounds of this bird have been hand pebbled.
The scabbard shell is a fine black leather still in choice supple condition and showing little age. It has the usual decorative twin lines on each side and is sewn up the rear. The nickel mounts are in outstanding condition throughout having the scalloped edges and retained by staples. Attached to the upper portion of the scabbard is the original frog. This frog is also a beauty being a dark brown / black color. There are no markings on this frog but looking at the way it has assumed the shape of the upper mount, there is no question it is original to this piece. The blade is a very fine example measuring 12¾ inches in length and having wide fuller construction. This clamshell of course, was never cut down so the fuller stops well before the tip area.
This nickel-plated blade is in choice, mint condition throughout. The blade is buffered by a brown felt pad. It is unusual to see a buffer pad on a police bayonet but this one is absolutely original to the piece showing some age and a small split on one side of the felt. This is a very fine collectible bayonet here and if you are collecting police bayonets it would be a great addition to your collection to have an officer’s clamshell piece. These are not easy to find!
Near Mint. $1,495.00
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 #34679 Municipal Police Bayonet - Carl Eickhorn
This Municipal Police example is the standard, larger-proportioned type, having excellent detail to the eagle head pommel. There are some usage signs throughout the backstrap, but no hammering. The crossguard reflects the overlapping oak leaves, which run throughout the quillon. On the reverse, the crossguard is plain, but shows some grinding where an original number was taken out. The quillon end duplicates the oak leaves of the crossguard obverse. The number "125" is stamped onto the ground surface. Looking at the reverse of the scabbard, it is stamped, "SKg 1250". It is my belief that these numbers are matching, and they did not bother to grind the old number out of the scabbard. They just dropped the zero off the top number. The "SKg" would indicate that this bayonet was originally worn by the Schutzpolizei Konigsberg. Konigsberg was a district of Prussia. The grip plates are fine, genuine stag. These plates have appealing dark and tan colors, nice graining, and the edges have turned golden. The plates are retained by two aluminum rivets, having dressed heads on both sides. The insignia is the standard open form. This aluminum insignia features an oval wreath in the background, with a superimposed, open winged eagle clutching a swastika. The detail throughout the eagle and the oak leaf wreath is still outstanding.
The scabbard shell has good leather, showing usage signs, but no age deterioration. This black leather is decorated with twin lines which run the length of each scabbard edge. The reverse is sewn up the rear in the usual manner. The solid nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, having scalloped edges where they meet the leather. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner.
Attached to the scabbard is a brown police frog, which is equipped with a grip retainer loop and boss button. The brown leather scabbard is similar to the K98 version, except it does not have the rough finish seen with K98s. This frog is retained by two aluminum rivets, and the reverse is maker marked. The blade of this example is a real beauty, being in full mint condition. It is the 13" length cutdown version. The cutdown process was perfectly executed and the tip of the bayonet comes to a needle-like point. This mint blade has arsenal markings on the spine, and on the reverse it is stamped with the large double oval logo, used from about 1929-1934. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/Solingen". Inside is a seated squirrel, retaining a nut in his paw, and having a serrated style tail. Below the animal are the firm's initials, "C.E.". A good police bayonet here. While I was looking at the back of the upper scabbard mount, I unfortunately broke the frog. We were able to successfully repair the area just above the lug, and unless you knew it was broken, I doubt that it could be seen. Overall though, a very nice, good conditioned Police Bayonet here.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
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 #34680C Municipal Police Bayonet - Alcoso
The heavy nickel hilt of this Municipal Police Bayonet shows some minor wear, but all of the details are still there to the eye and feathering of the pommel bird. The backstrap area shows some hammering, where apparently this policeman was in charge of putting up posters. The crossguard quillon obverse area has the overlapping oak leaves, and the same is true on the quillon reverse. The reverse crossguard is smooth, and is stamped "S.Ar.III 59". These numbers match those stamped on the scabbard reverse. Looking these numbers up in the excellent reference by L. Donald Maus, "History Writ In Steel", I find that these numbers assigned to the Schutzpolizei from Arnsberg. Arnsberg was a district in Prussia. The scabbard shell is black leather, still in good condition, showing minor usage, and having the sewn up seam in the reverse. This scabbard is decorated with twin lines that run the length of the edges of both sides. The nickel mounts are in excellent condition, having scalloped edges where they meet the scabbard shell. These mounts are retained by staples in the rear. There is no frog for this example. The cutdown blade is 13" in length. The cutdown job was extremely well done, narrowing with the point directly in the center of the fuller. This blade is still in choice condition, having outstanding, nickel plated finish. This blade rates excellent plus plus to near mint. The reverse ricasso is stamped with an old arsenal marking. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the large logo featuring scales with the firm's initials, "ACS" interspersed. On the reverse, the firm's name is written in full in an arch shape, "Alexander Coppel", and below this, is a smaller set of scales, and below that the location city, "Solingen". A good, basic, police bayonet here.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
POLBAY #33758 Slotted Police Bayonet
This Slotted Police Bayonet is a very fine item, having an aluminum base hilt and a Third Reich made blade which has never been shortened. Despite its light weight, the hilt fittings are the large proportioned size. The pommel is fit with a working slot button with mortise. The plating to the hilt is outstanding on both the obverse and reverse with just a little bit of flaking on the reverse crossguard and some on the edges of the spine area. The front look though is still perfect. The pommel features an eagle looking to the left having excellent detail to his beak and feathering. The crossguard with quillon features raised out overlapping oak leaves on the obverse and only the quillon end has these features on the reverse. The rest of the reverse crossguard is plain. The bayonet is fitted with fine genuine stag grip plates. These grip plates have most attractive dark brown tones in the grain of the obverse and a slightly tan color on the reverse. The edges have turned gold from age. The grip plates are retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. There is a fine open style police eagle inserted on the obverse grip. This eagle has 100% detail throughout. This is to include the oak leaves of the wreath behind the superimposed bird which features full detail to the eye, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and mobile swastika. The condition of the insignia would indicate little wear to this piece.
The scabbard is a fine black or very dark brown leather. The scabbard shell has the decorative lines which run along the edges of both sides and is sewn up the rear. It is fitted with steel base mounts which have been nickel-plated. There is some minor rust that shows on the lower area of the bottom mount and a little bit of rust on the lug area of the top mount. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner. There is a fine larger size brown frog attached to the scabbard. This frog is in excellent condition being retained by four brass rivets. There are some numbers stamped into the back which may relate to issue of this bayonet and then there is also another set of numbers being the date, “1937”. The 13-inch blade of this police bayonet is a real beauty. It has highest quality deluxe nickel plating and remains in full mint condition. This blade has wide fuller construction and is not a cut down. This blade was made this original length and therefore proves that this bayonet was made from scratch during the Nazi period not and upgraded reworked Weimarr period. This beautiful blade is protected by an in place brown leather blade buffer. A very rarely seen bayonet here and in good collectible condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1.095.00
POLBAY #33547 Municipal Police Bayonet – W.K.C.
This Municipal Police Bayonet is the standard larger proportioned type having the eagle head at the pommel. The eagle’s head is nicely defined with much hand enhancing to the bird’s eye as well as the feathering below on both sides. There is little sign of misuse with this bayonet as apparently the man who owned it was not putting up posters using the bayonet as a hammer. The crossguard quillon has the overlapping oak leaves that run to the quillon end on the obverse and on the reverse the oak leaves are only on the quillon area leaving the crossguard blank. Stamped into this crossguard are the identification and property numbers, “SB 14258”. The same matching numbers appear on the reverse of the scabbard upper fitting. These property stampings indicate that the bayonet was carried by the Schutzpolizei Berlin. So, we know that a Berlin policeman carried this weapon. The grip plates are a lighter tan color being genuine stag. They show some wear throughout the edges and the tones are a little darker in the backgrounds. These grip plates are retained by aluminum rivets which have pretty good dressed heads on the reverse and fine examples on the obverse. It is possible to see just a small portion of the original holes that existed before this bayonet was reconditioned. As we all know these bayonets had clamshells and longer blades at one time but were reworked by the Nazis. The police insignia on the obverse grip is the open type. It is aluminum showing some mild surface wear but the details are mostly all there. This bird has open wings and looks to the viewer’s left. The bird clutches a wreath with a mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is made of black leather. This leather shows some usage in the surfaces but is still nice and sound. The reverse is sewn up the rear and the edges are decorated with dual lines running on both sides. The nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition and are retained in the usual manner with staples. There is a frog on this piece which is a dark brown color. Whether the frog is original or not to this bayonet I do not know but it fits nicely and appears to have about the same age as the piece. There is a hole on the back of the leather which we see a lot of time with police frogs. This was an easy hanging point when the policemen came home or was off duty. Chances are he had a nail behind his front door and the frog easily slipped over the nail through this hole.
The thirteen inch blade is cut down from the original seventeen inches. It is possible to see where the original craftsman cut the clade as there is a slight difference in metal tones from the cut area versus the original nickel-plated area. The original nickeled area is still in mint condition. There are some interesting stampings on the blade spine, two of them being old arsenal markings. There is also the number, “898” stamped on the spine which also matches the number on the scabbard throat. This blade is in about Excellent Plus, Plus condition. On the obverse ricasso it is deeply stamped with the WKC knighthead logo. On the reverse side is the full name of the company and its location city, “Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie / Solingen”. A good somewhat used example, but very representative of the period.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
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 #33360C Police Bayonet - Alcoso
This Police Bayonet is the conventional type, having good solid nickel mounts throughout. The pommel features the bird head that faces to the left. This pommel has excellent detail to the hand scribed feathering and also to the eye of this bird. The crossguard and quillon have the overlapping oak leaves and acorns on the obverse, and on the reverse only half of the quillon is oak leafed. The pain area in the center originally had a property number, but it has been ground off (these numbers meant nothing to the Nazis and were used by the Weimar Period – many times we see the numbers ground off by the Nazis when the bayonets were shortened and rehilted). The grip plates are excellent genuine stag. They are cut and installed by a Master. The two old holes that were used when the bayonet had a clamshell are still at the bottom of the grip plates, and the original fill is still in place. These plates are quite attractive, the upper example having fine dark gray backing with lighter tones on the raised grain. The reverse has a very pleasing brown color with golden tones. These grip plates are retained by nickel-plated steel rivets, having dressed heads on the obverse. The open style aluminum Police Eagle shows only modest wear. It features an oval wreath that has a Police Eagle grasping a swastika superimposed. The detail is still all there to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath, and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is a fine example with the leather still being very supple and showing only the most modest of age. This black leather scabbard is sewn up the rear and has the twin decorative lines on each of the sides. The nickel mounts are in excellent shape throughout, having the scallop shape where they meet the leather. The lug has a slight bend to it in the center, but this would never show if there were a frog on this piece.
The cut-down 13 inch long blade has a fairly good job done to the trimming of the tip. It features the wide fuller that runs to the end of the blade. This blade, when we first received it, had substantial sharpening. We were able to remove most of the sharpening, and only small traces of it still remain. This blade grades at about excellent. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the scales logo, having the firm’s initials “ACS” interspersed. The reverse ricasso also has the scales with the initials interspersed. Over-and-under the logo, in opposite arches, is the full name of the firm and location, “Alexander Coppel, Solingen”. A good sound bayonet here, having the minor blade sharpening but it is priced accordingly. Incidentally, the stamping “S.Kg.” stands for the Schutzpolizei Königsberg. Königsberg was a police district in Prussia.
POLBAY #32899 Police Bayonet - WKC
This Police Bayonet is the standard proportion type, having excellent condition throughout. The pommel features the eagle head looking to the viewer’s left. The detail to the feathering and also the eye of the bird is outstanding, looking to be hand rendered. The crossguard and quillon arm have the overlapping oak leaf and acorn motif. The reverse quillon also has the oak leaves and acorns, and the plain area is property stamped “S.B. 4416”. This property stamping matches the one also stamped on the reverse of the upper scabbard mount. This property stamping stands for Schutzpolizei Berlin. The grip plates of this municipal bayonet are outstanding nicely toned original stag. These grip plates have a dark look on both sides with lighter brown tones on the surfaces. The edges have turned a golden color throughout. There is just the slightest sign of one of the original grip holes that were there when this bayonet had a clamshell. The grip plates are retained by aluminum rivets, having dressed heads on both sides. The center obverse grip has a pinned open aluminum Police Eagle. This eagle shows some modest wear to the breast feathering and to the ends of the wing feathering. The head detail, though, is still good, as is the oval wreath and the small wreath that retains a mobile swastika. A fine hilt here! The scabbard shell is black leather, showing only nominal age and wear. This leather features the twin decorative lines on both edges and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are the standard nickel type, having scalloped edges where they meet the shell. They are retained by staples in the usual manner. There is a frog on this bayonet, being a K98 type. It features all black leather, being retained by four rivets. It is property stamped on the back, “RF NR/0/0494/0008”.
The 13 inch cut-down blade is a real beauty. The mechanic, who did the original cutting and finishing here, feathered this blade tip to a nice sharp point. It looks really good and a lot more deadly than most of them that you see. This blade has outstanding nickel-plated surfaces. The surfaces are still nice and bright and this blade is in mint condition. There are some old arsenal stampings on the blade spine. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the knighthead WKC trademark. On the reverse side the full name of the company is block lettered in three lines, “Weyersberg/Kirschbaum & Cie/Solingen”. A very fine police bayonet here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00
POLBAY #32158C Municipal Police Bayonet marked "5"
This Municipal Police Bayonet is one of the early Weimar types that were re-worked by the Nazi’s. 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
POLBAY #31821C Municipal Police Bayonet - P.D. Lüneschloss
This Municipal Police Bayonet has a solid nickel hilt and it is the larger proportion type. The pommel is in the form of an eagle’s head looking to the left. The detail throughout the bird and his eye is extraordinary. There is little to no wear on this pommel. The same is true of the fine crossguard and quillon. This fitting features raised overlapping oak leaves. The reverse pommel has the same fine detail and the quillon end has the oak leaves. The crossguard reverse has been ground off and the number “227” is banged into the surfaces. Apparently this bayonet was reissued after it was reclaimed and shortened by the Nazis. The grip plates are a very fine stag. The stag is a lighter color on the obverse and darker on the reverse. The stag colors though are quite beautiful and the edges are gold from age. These grip plates are retained by nickel rivets having good dressed heads on both sides. The police emblem in the obverse grip shows almost no wear at all. This open style insignia is a wreath of oak leaves having an open-winged eagle with wreathed swastika superimposed over the wreath. All of the original details are still crisp and visible on this insignia. The reverse spine shows some tap, tap but not bad.
The scabbard shell is the usual black leather having decorative twin lines which run the length of the edges. The reverse is sewn up the rear. The scabbard leather shows some age and a little bit of runner push-out but it is not bad. The shell is fitted with scalloped edge nickel mounts which are retained by staples in the rear. There is a black leather frog which is stamped on the reverse, “Pol. Peas”. Above this stamping there is a Roman numeral “I” stamped into the leather. I’m not sure what this marking would mean but I’m sure it is for the identification purposes of the bayonet. The frog also has what appears to be an original to the piece portepee. This portepee is of black leather with triple gold stitching. It has a silver bullion ball with a silver thread insert. Normally we associate this type of portepee with a sword but as I say it definitely appears original to this bayonet.
The blade is an outstanding example measuring 13-inches. It is the cut-down variety but it is an excellent job and it is hard to tell. This blade is in Mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped horizontally with the name and location of the producer, “P.D. Lüneschloss / Solingen”. A good heavy duty example here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00
POLBAY #31566 Late Style Aluminum Police Bayonet - Carl Julius Krebs
This Aluminum Police Bayonet was the type that was made later on in the period after the German Police ran out of altered Weimar examples. This bayonet has a hilt cast of aluminum. It is of smaller proportion than the Weimar-style police bayonets, and of course, it weighs much less, being as the base metal is aluminum compared to solid nickel. The pommel sports a bird head looking to the left, and the details to the eye, brow, and feathering are all quite good. The spine area running down the reverse of the bayonet shows quite a bit of hammering signs, so policeman equipped with these lightweight bayonets also participated in the putting up of posters. I would have thought that a policeman possessing this lighter weight bayonet would have left the poster putting up to someone with a heavier example. Obviously, this was not the case! The matching aluminum crossguard consists of overlapping oak leaves on the obverse, and half of the reverse is left plain. There is no assignment stamping on the reverse. Since the majority of these assignments stampings that we see on police bayonets go back to the Weimar time, it is natural that a Nazi-made bayonet would not have them. The grip plates of this example are genuine stag. They have turned a nice golden color on the edges and the grainy obverse and reverse have pleasant tones of brown and tan colors. These plates are retained by two steel rivets, the heads are dressed on the obverse. There is an open-style Police Eagle on the obverse grip. This insignia features a wreath with superimposed eagle with swastika. This hilt shows minor wear and usage, but overall it’s pretty good.
The scabbard of this example is an all-metal bayonet type. We do see this a lot on the later pieces. The leather scabbards were difficult to produce and, therefore, were costly. This scabbard is dent free and has excellent original black paint. In fact, the paint is in a near mint state. There is a good patent leather frog attached to the scabbard and there is some mild attic crazing on the inside upper area of the leather, but the lower leather portions still look pretty good. The blade of this example is 9¾ inches. It has a single fuller which is the wide style on both sides.
The blade is nickel plated and is still bright and is in mint condition. On the reverse there is the seldom seen stamping of a small oval and the firm’s name and location block lettered on the inside perimeter, “Carl Julius Krebs, Solingen”. In the center area there is a crown with the capital “K” beneath. This blade has a very thick brown leather buffer. A nice bayonet here, if you are collecting police types.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
POLBAY #28246C Rare Police Bayonet
This Police Bayonet has good nickel plated hilt and shows little wear to the features of the eagle head pommel. This pommel has a well-designed eye on both sides and feathering below. The eagle looks to the viewer’s left. The quillon is equipped with overlapping oak leaves on the obverse and, on the reverse, only half of it has this pattern as the other portion is left plain for identification stampings. The quillon is stamped “SB9656" which matches the numbers stamped on the reverse of the upper scabbard. The grip plates are a fine stag and they reflect being cut down styles, as this piece once had a clamshell resulting in a longer hilt. The stag grip plates, though, are exceptionally nice and the person that did the altering work cut out the areas for the rivets as well as for the insignia so that these parts would lay flat with the surfaces. The two rivets are aluminum type and they have dressed heads on both sides. The reverse area also has been countersunk. The police eagle, because of the fine inlaying work, has all of its detail still available. This insignia is an open oval wreath of overlapping oak leaves having an open-winged eagle superimposed on it clutching a mobile swastika. All the details are available to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wings, wreath and swastika. The reverse of the pommel has some of the “tap-tap” scars that we frequently see with police daggers, as these weapons were often used to put up posters. Anyhow, a nice hilt here.
The scabbard shell is a dark brown leather. This leather is still in good condition, having fine original surfaces. The leather has the traditional twin-line decoration on the edges of both sides and it is sewn up the rear. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, having scalloped edges where they meet the leather. They are retained by staples in the usual manner. The blade is a cut-down version measuring 13 inches. There is some wear to the plating around the ricasso area, but it is mostly bright and nice further down. This blade easily rates at excellent plus. The obverse is stamped with the knight head logo. The reverse has the full name of the firm in block letters “WEYERSBERG, KIRSCHBAUM & COMPANY SOLINGEN”. A pretty nice police bayonet here, which is missing the frog.
Excellent Plus. $750.00