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 #35598 P.S.S. Police Bayonet - DE MAG
This P.S.S. Bayonet is an extremely rare item, and I believe that this is the first example I have had to offer in a couple of years. These P.S.S. bayonets are still a mystery as to the exact units that carried the bayonets. I do know, from personal experience, that I had two of them that came from the Prague area. I think they may have had something to do with the police forces that regulated the Sudentenland in Czechoslovakia.
These bayonets are actually altered S.98/05 bayonets, having the addition of stag grips, police insignia, and fine oak leaf and acorn engraving on the pommel and crossguard. This example shows some mild age, but the details are still nice throughout. The pommel has beautiful, raised oak leaves and acorns which surround the working blade release button. The reverse has a like pattern of oak leaves. These oak leaves also are engraved throughout the entire crossguard obverse, and half of the crossguard reverse. There is a plain spot left on the crossguard reverse, that may have been designated for a numbering system, but this example lacks any numbers. This bayonet is also slotted.
The grip plates are really quite interesting, as they not only cover the standard grip area, but the antler also rises upward to enclose a cut out area within the pommel. It is a great look, and very rarely seen. These grip plates are in very choice condition, both having pleasing, coffee brown colored grains, with tones that vary throughout. The edges are a fine golden color where the antler was originally trimmed. These stag plates are retained by aluminum rivets, having dressed heads on both sides. Nice work here!
The aluminum police eagle is the standard open style, and judging by the looks of it, this bayonet saw very little usage. This insignia is still factory crisp, displaying the open wing police eagle with wreath and swastika superimposed over a fine wreath of oak leaves. The metal strap edges, which are visible on both sides of the bayonet , have some lifting of the plating and show some age, and there is also some age throughout the pommel and crossguard. It is not bad and does not impede the good looks of this fine weapon.
The scabbard is a very large, metal shell, which has a blued finish. The blue is about 85-90%, but there is a little bit of age and rust in the surfaces, with a larger rust spot toward the obverse tip area. It is not bad though, and perhaps it will clean up with a little work.
Attached to the scabbard is a large proportion black frog. The frog is unmarked and is retained by three rivets, with one appearing to be missing, on the left lower edge, but somewhere along the line, probably during the period, this missing rivet was repaired by a large style stitch. This frog shows usage and age, but it is still very servicable and is unmarked on the reverse.
The massive blade is a great looking example, having heavy nickel plating. The plating is still bright throughout and is easily 100%. This blade grades in near mint condition, having a wide fuller construction. The obverse ricasso is marked with the company that made many of the fighting knives during the Imperial period, including the slant grip type, that is very popular with collectors. The company name is written in an arch "DEUTSCHEMASCHINEFABRIK" and beneath, the letters "A G." and beneath this, "DUISBURG". As stated above, this company also known as DE MAG, would have produced this bayonet originally for use during the Great War.
This is a great opportunity for the police bayonet collectors out there to acquire an extremely desirable piece which is only seen on the marketplace very seldom. A great example here for investment; this bayonet is not in mint condition, but it certainly in very collectible condition, and is very desirable.
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 #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 #35305C Late Aluminum-Mount Police Bayonet - Puma
This lightweight bayonet is shorter than most and the hilt mounts are produced of all cast aluminum. The aluminum pommel is a beauty still being crisp throughout having excellent detail to the bird’s eyes and feathering. There is no damage to the reverse of the pommel as this most likely was an officer’s piece and was not used to put up posters. The crossguard features the overlapping oak leaves that run throughout the quillon. The reverse has oak leaves only on the quillon end, and the center area is plain.
The grip plates are fine stag having a nice dark coffee color to the depths and the raised grains are of a slightly lighter color with good gold toned edges. The police insignia is the solid aluminum type. It features an open eagle and swastika over a wreath of oak leaves. The details of this insignia are still crisp like the rest of this hilt. The scabbard on this example is a conventional steel bayonet type. This scabbard is a real beauty being straight throughout and having exceptional original black paint. This black paint is mint on both sides showing almost no age. The accompanying black frog is also in extremely choice condition rating near mint. This frog is equipped with a center rivet on the reverse. It is interesting to note that the upper portion on the reverse of the frog is stamped with an open RZM circle positioned over the code, “7/38”. Apparently the producer of this frog was a member of the RZM and as a matter of expediency stamped their codes on their accoutrement products.
The blade is almost 10-inches long having a wide fuller. This blade is in a somewhat matte finish and it is in totally perfect condition easily rating mint. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the diamond logo which contains the head of a puma inside. Below the head is the firm’s name, “Puma”. Below the diamond is the location city of “Solingen”. There is a new-like black leather washer which is in place protecting this blade. An extremely nice later produced bayonet probably belonging to an officer.
Near Mint $1295.00(#120913)
POLBAY #35369 Police Municipal Bayonet - WKC
This police bayonet shows quite a bit of overall wear and usage characteristic of the period. The pommel features the eagle’s head looking to the viewer’s left. There is mild wear to the engravings of the eye and feathering. The crossguard features overlapping oak leaves on the obverse and on the reverse is plain in the center with oak leaves at the quillon end. The center area is plain but it is obvious that it used to have a number that was ground off.
The grip plates are interesting genuine stag. These grip plates are fairly thick and give a fine look to this piece, especially from the side. The grip plates have been trimmed quite a bit due to their thickness, however the trimmed area has long since turned a golden color which is pleasing to the eye. These grip plates are retained by two aluminum rivets. The rivets have dressed heads on both sides. The stag has also been countersunk somewhat to accept the rivets and give them a more flush look. It is also interesting to note that the area where the police insignia rests has also been cut out to give a more flush appearance. This grip insignia is the aluminum open style featuring an open-winged eagle looking to the viewer’s left and clutching a swastika. This police eagle is positioned over a wreath of oak leaves. The insignia shows only nominal wear. There are two holes in the lower grip which remain from the time the bayonet was longer during the Weimar period. Whether these holes were filled or not I do not know but they are open now.
The scabbard shell has good leather featuring twin decorative lines running the length of both sides and it is sewn up the rear. This leather shows only nominal age. The nickel scabbard mounts are the style with scalloped edges where they meet the leather and they are retained with staples. They show mild usage commensurate with the hilt mounts. The reverse upper mount is property stamped, “S.B.15824.” No doubt this was the same stamping that appeared on the reverse crossguard but since these numbers didn’t mean anything to the Nazis they were not used. The “S.B.” stamping would indicate that the bayonet originally belonged to the Schutzpolizei Berlin.
The cut down blade is a 13-inch example. Although the nickel-plated surfaces are still bright there is some flaking in the nickel on both sides concentrated mostly in the center area. The blade still looks all right as we managed to clean these surfaces to give it a good appearance. The spine of this example has old arsenal markings but it is also stamped, “367” which matches the number stamped into the throat of this bayonet. These stampings tie the bayonet and scabbard pieces as definitely always being together. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the knighthead trademark. On the reverse the ricasso is stamped with the full name of the company, “Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie Solingen”. There is an original fine conditioned brown blade washer in place. Not a bad example here but it does lack a frog.
POLBAY #34994 Municipal Police Bayonet - WKC
This Municipal Police Bayonet has a nice patination across all of its surfaces, and does not look to have been cleaned since the War. It shows some minor wear to the details of the eye and feathering to the eagle pommel. There are some signs of tapping on the reverse pommel, but it is negligible. The crossguard and quillon have the traditional overlapping oak leaves on the obverse and on the reverse end area. The reverse center area is left plain, and is stamped with the property numbers, "S.B. 333". The upper scabbard mount is mismatched, but is also stamped with "S.B. 7557". Since these initials indicate that the scabbard and the bayonet come from the same area, it can easily be assumed that the mismatching occurred at the time the bayonet was re-hilted, and the blade was cut down. The "S.B" would stand for Schutzpolizei Berlin. The hilt is equipped with outstanding stag grip plates. These grip plates have deeply toned to a golden hue along the edges, and also to the top areas of the grains. The grains below are a rich, coffee color. A great set of grip plates here, which are retained with aluminum rivets, having dressed obverse and reverse heads.
The aluminum police insignia shows some minor wear, but all details are still discernible. It features an open winged police eagle, looking to the viewer's left, clutching a mobile swastika within a wreath. It is extremely interesting to note that instead of being pinned into the grip, this particular insignia has tiny brads by which it is retained. These brads are located on the tip of each wing, and at the twelve o' clock leg of the swastika. These brads are absolutely period, and the insignia still wiggles, indicating that it has been a very long time since this retainage has been done. It is always interesting in this hobby, as we never see it all! I must have sold at least a hundred bayonets like these over the years, and this is the first period example I have seen with this type of insignia retainage.
The leather scabbard shell is in excellent condition throughout, being sewn up the rear in the normal method, and having twin decorative lines which run the length of both sides. There are a few scuffs to the leather, but these are extremely superficial, and would easily cover with a little bit of shoe polish. The mounts have matching patination, and are in fine condition, having scalloped edges and being retained in the usual manner. There is a black frog attached, which is a patent leather style, having the usual attic crazing. It shows age but it is still serviceable. The blade of this example has been cut down to the thirteen inch length. It has outstanding nickel plated surfaces, which are bright throughout, and if you did not know that this blade was cut down, you probably would not notice it. This blade grades in near mint condition. It has an old arsenal stamping on the spine, and on the obverse ricasso is stamped with the knighthead logo. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the full name and location of this well-known firm, "WEYERSBERG/KIRSCHBAUM & CIE/SOLINGEN". A nice, original example here, with interesting insignia retainage.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
POLBAY #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 #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 #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 #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
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