Prior to the centralizing of the German Police forces in 1936, many Police units wore very long bayonets equipped with a clamshell crossguard; these bayonets were equipped with blades as long as 18 inches. The obverse stag grip plate was affixed with a six-sided nickel Police insignia. The hilt was cast in nickel, having a pommel shape in the form of an eagle head and a quillon decorated with oak leaves. The scabbard was of black or brown leather, having matching nickel mounts. Police Officers wore a private purchase variety which also retained the clamshell device, but was of smaller overall proportion and was equipped with standard short blade. The German Customs also wore bayonets with clamshells, however, they had no grip insignia.
After Hitler came to power, the many German Police organizations still operating through their respective states and provinces were centralized under the guidance of SS-Reichsführer Himmler. The previous sidearm, a very long bayonet with clamshell addition, was altered to suit the newly formed Police. The new weapon was reworked and reissued having the following characteristics; the blade length was reduced to 13 inches, the clamshell was removed, the grip was shortened, and the new 3rd Reich Police grip insignia replaced the Weimar six-sided grip insignia. Since adequate numbers of reworked bayonets were available, few newly produced weapons were required. The weapon's hilt consisted of a nickel eaglehead pommel, oak-leafed quillon, and stag grip plates with Police insignia on obverse. The scabbard was black or brown leather with matching nickel mounts. The re-pointed blade normally is nickel plated.
Usually matching numbers will appear on the reverse quillon and upper scabbard fitting reverse. These bayonets can be found slotted for rifle mount or plain.
POLBAY #48224 Police Officer Bayonet By Clemen & Jung
This officer bayonet is the type of police weapon that we seldom see. Not only is it shorter than normal police bayonets but it also has an all aluminum hilt. The hilt is in good condition showing some nominal usage but the details are still good to the pommel birdÕs eye and feathering. The crossguard has the raised out oak leaves on the obverse and on the reverse only the end quillon has the oak leaves. The pl[ain portion is blank as this was an office piece which would not have had property numbers. The stag grip plates are in nice condition throughout having nice golden toning and also some brown colors to the grain areas. The grip plates are retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse and a nice job at dressing them on the reverse. On the obverse grip plate is applied and aluminum open style police insignia. The insignia features the open wing bird clutching a wreath with swastika superimposed over an oak leaf wreath. The fine scabbard is a medium brown color. It has good leather throughout decorated with the twin lines that run down the edges of both sides and sewn up the rear. The mounts are nickel plated over steel. They are retained by staples. The lower mount shows some age to the finish but not too bad. Attached to the upper mount is a brown leather frog still in being in decent condition. The officerÕs blade measures a short 9 and 3 quarter inches. The blade remains in mint condition throughout having a good wide fuller. The reverse of the blade is marked Clemen & Jung Solingen and on the obverse there is the logo of the shield with crown over it having a Z in the center. There is also a brown leather buffer on this piece. Overall this is a rather difficult piece to find and if you are collecting police sidearms an officerÕs piece is always nice to add to the assembly.
Excellent Plus. $1,095.00
POLBAY #44132 Aluminum Officer Weimar Clamshell Bayonet
This Weimar bayonet was most likely an officerÕs piece as it has no numbers and it is also the short length of 17 inches overall and with a blade length of only 10 and half inches. This lightweight example has a all aluminum hilt which remains in absolute pristine condition. This hilt features the eagle pommel and the detail to the birdÕs eye and feathering is exceptional throughout. The matching aluminum crossguard features the overlapping oak leaves on the obverse and on the reverse just has the oak leaves on the teardrop with the center area left plain. Below the crossguard is a fine matching aluminum clamshell featuring the half open winged Prussian eagle. The grip plates are of extremely fine stag having beautiful coffee colors to the depths and on the upper grains it has turned a nice golden color the same as the edges. There is a 6 sided star like insignia on the grip from the Weimar period featuring the Prussian eagle in the center. The scabbard shell is of black leather. The leather is in good condition having the two accent lines on the edges of both sides and being sewn up the rear. It features nickel scabbard mounts with scalloped edges. The mounts are retained by staples. The blade is a real beauty being in full mint condition. The blade of this example is quite wide with also a wide fuller. The reverse is marked in an oval which is made with the firmÕs name and location Carl Julius Krebs Solingen. Inside is the crown over the letter K. The original blade washer is in place. Quite a rare police bayonet here and a fine addition to any police collection.
Excellent Plus Plus. $1,695.00
POLBAY #46964C Municipal Police Bayonet by Alcoso
This bayonet has a fine solid hilt with good nickel plating showing only a little modest wear on the eagle head beak end and also on the end of the crossguard teardrop quillon. The details to the bird’s feathering are still quite good. There are a couple of tap taps on the reverse edge of the hilt where this policeman may have needed to tool secure something.
The crossguard has the overlapping oak leaves and on the reverse only half of the guard has them. The center area has been left plain where there is a property stamping S. AR. I 986. This matching number appears on the reverse of the upper scabbard mount. This number would indicate that this bayonet was originally made for the Schutzpolizei from Arnsberg.
The grip plates are in good condition having very fine stag grain and nice color. The plates reflect the holes below the lower rivet where they were shortened at the time the clamshell was originally removed. The plates are retained by aluminum rivets having dressed heads on both sides. The grip eagle insignia remains in good condition throughout.
The scabbard shell has excellent leather throughout showing only minor age. It is decorated with the twin accent lines on the edges of both slides and is sewn up the rear. The nickel scabbard mounts have the scalloped ends and they are staple retained. There is a black frog showing some age and usage. It is unmarked and is still serviceable.
The blade is a cut down example measuring the standard 13 inch length. The plating is still excellent throughout the blade. There is some sharpening but little damage was done. The obverse and reverse ricasso are stamped with the Alcoso scales trademark.
A good solid example here.
POLBAY #46050 Rural Police Bayonet by Carl Eickhorn
This example has still very deep carving to the pommel and crossguard areas. The pommel features the eagle head which looks to the left. The beak is quite large and well curved.
The crossguard features the overlapping oak leaves on the obverse and just the end half is oak leafed on the reverse. It is property stamped "ST. 9.". I wasn't able to identify this particular stamping.
The grip plates are fine antler having mostly dark coloring in the stag with some lighter colors in the grain and golden edges. The grip plates are retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads on both sides. The grip insignia is a fine example being the open aluminum type featuring a wreath with a superimposed eagle looking to the left clutching a swastika. The eagle shows little wear.
The scabbard is a dark brown leather type showing some usage and age and a slight bend in the leather in a couple of places. It also has a little runner push out. The scabbard is fitted with nickel mounts having scalloped edges, retained by staples. There is a black frog which has experienced quite a bit of attic crazing and also the thread is beginning to break where the obverse is retained on the reverse.
The blade is a very fine example being a cut-down version and it is in near full mint condition. It is marked on the reverse with the early large Eickhorn ovals which retain the firm's name and location Carl Eickhorn Solingen and inside is a seated squirrel over the initials CE. This trademark comes from about 1933 or 34.
A decent rural piece here that needs some mending of the frog.
Good Plus. $895.00
POLBAY #43520C Pair of Police Bayonets - E. & F. Hörster
This pair of Police Bayonets are identical in construction, both being produced by E. & F. Hörster. They are interesting in that their serial numbers are only ten digits apart, and I don't need to tell you how rare it is to find nearly sequential pieces.
The hilts are in excellent condition, with fine engraving throughout. The guards have the usual overlapping oak leaves on the obverse, although this detailing only extends to the end of the quillon on the reverse.
Now to the serial numbers. The first example is marked "S. D. VII 154" and the second "S. D. VII 164". The "S. D." stands for "Schutzpolizei Dusseldorf". These numbers both match on each bayonet. The consignor states these bayonets both came from the same individual so chances are they were captured at the same time.
The grip plates are in fine condition, with pleasing brown and gold tones. Each has an aluminum Police grip insignia, with one slightly more worn than the other.
The scabbard shells both remain in excellent shape, with sound dark brown leather. This leather is nearly new-like, with only a small bulge from the runners. Both scabbards have the standard twin edge trim lines and excellent scalloped nickel scabbard mounts retained by staples.
Both are cut-down example, with 13 inch blades. They each remain in very fine condition and could have easily been modified by the same craftsman as they are functionally identical. Both are marked with the 1920's Hörster H trademark. It is also interesting to note that both examples have leather buffers, something not seen all the time.
A rare opportunity to acquire a pair of identical bayonets with very close serial numbers. Pairs like this are extremely rare and this should be a point of pride for the next owner.
Near Mint. $1,995.00
POLBAY #43529C Small Police Clamshell Bayonet with White Frog - WKC
This outstanding Clamshell Bayonet is the smaller type that would normally have been carried by an officer.
The detailing to the pommel is extremely fine, and the oak leaves on the obverse guard both remain crisply detailed. The reverse guard only has the oak leaves on the end of the quillon, the rest being plain. Below this is fine clamshell bearing a crisply detailed Prussian eagle.
The grip plates are good quality antler, with pleasing brown and gold tones. These plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed heads on the obverse, and the silvered Police insignia is a beauty that shows little wear.
The black leather scabbard shell is in excellent shape, showing little wear, and has the standard dual trim lines on the edges. The rounded edge mounts are also excellent, being retained by staples. These mounts are typical WKC types.
Attached to the scabbard is what looks to be the original white frog. This white frog has crazed and cracked a bit and has toned to an almost ivory color over the years, but for the most part it remains in decent condition. These frog would have been carried on special parades or guard duty.
The blade is extremely nice. It measures 10 inches long, with a narrow fuller and a stepped end. The ricasso is marked with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and a brown leather blade buffer is in place.
An extremely nice Clamshell Bayonet here, with a very rare white frog.
Excellent Plus. $1,995.00
POLBAY #43154 Short Aluminum Police Clamshell Bayonet - Carl Julius Krebs
This bayonet is the smaller proportioned type, with a hilt made completely from aluminum. The detailing to the pommel eagle is exceptional throughout. The crossguard has the usual overlapping oak leaves on the obverse; the reverse is most plain and only has these leaves at the quillon.
The grip plates are very fine antler. They have deep, rich brown tones and good "grain". Attached to the obverse plate is an open aluminum Police insignia, which retains fine detailing throughout. The clamshell below is decorated with a fine looking Prussian eagle.
The scabbard is the long style. It is straight throughout, but only 50% of the original paint remains on the obverse and 25% on the reverse. This type of late Police bayonet often used a cheaper metal scabbard.
The blade of this example measures 10 inches long. It is the style with a wide fuller. This blade looks to have had old pitting at one time which was removed, but overall it still looks fairly nice and is still bright. The reverse is stamped with the Krebs Crowned K trademark, and the original red felt blade washer remains in place. It shows minor age.
A good period example here which is actually quite rare. It shows some age and wear throughout but is priced accordingly.
Good Plus. $895.00
POLBAY #43170 Long Brass Municipal Police Bayonet - WKC
This Municipal Police Bayonet is one of the rarely seen examples produced in brass. The brass had a gilded finish when it was first produced.
The eagle pommel has fine, hand enhanced eye and feathering on both sides. The crossguard features overlapping oak leaves on the obverse; these only appear on the reverse quillon, the rest of the facing being plain.
Below the guard is the collar of a clamshell that has since been removed, being cut off and the area repolished. This neck, however, was left in place. When these period overhauls were performed the hilts were shortened, but this one remains in the original length.
The grip plates are beautiful antler, with fine shades of brown and golden edges. These plates are retained by brass rivets with dressed obverse heads and a good attempt at dressing on the reverse. The obverse plate has a Weimar era Police emblem; a sunburst with a Prussian eagle.
The scabbard shell is black leather. This leather remains in excellent condition and shows only minor age and usage. It is sewn up the rear. The matching brass scabbard mounts have scalloped edges and are retained by means of staples. The upper mount has a matching brass lug.
The blade of this bayonet has the original 17 inch length, never having been cut down. It is most impressive, with a wide fuller and a needle-like tip. The plating remains bright but does have some age spotting here and there. These spots are not large and barely noticeable. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
It is extremely rare to find a long bladed bayonet, let alone one with a brass hilt. This piece would be a highlight in any Police Bayonet collection.
POLBAY #42250C Rural Police Bayonet - Alcoso
This Rural Police Bayonet remains in exceptional condition. It has a very fine hilt with only some minor wear to the plating on the upper obverse edge. The remainder of the plating is intact and the bird remains quite crisp.
The crossguard has the usual pattern of overlapping oak leaves, only extending to the quillon end on the reverse. The center reverse is plain, stamped with the property code, "L. Lg. 23". These stampings matches those seen on the upper scabbard mount, and indicate this bayonet started life in the Prussian Landjägerle Lüneberg.
The antler grip plates remain in beautiful condition. The obverse plate has a filled in hole below the lower rivet, indicating that it was once a clamshell type and was modified during the period. The plates are retained by aluminum rivets with dressed heads on both sides. The Police eagle insignia remains in crisp, mint, "like new" condition, with full detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is a real beauty. It has a rich brown color and remains in almost new condition, something that is very unusual to see on a Police example. It has the standard dual trim lines running along the edges and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are constructed of matching nickel, with scalloped edges where they meet the leather shell. Both mounts are retained by means of staples.
The blade of this example has been cut down but the craftsmanship was superb. If you did not know that the fuller doesn't normally run all the way to the tip, you'd never guess it has been modified. The original nickel finish remains mirror bright and in mint condition. The obverse is stamped with the large size Alcoso Scales trademark, with the reverse is stamped with a smaller set of scales and the name and location of the firm, "Alexander Coppel Solingen".
A superb example here, and a great addition to any serious bayonet collection.
Near Mint. $1,095.00
POLBAY #40287C Weimar Period Police Clamshell Bayonet - Alcoso
The hilt of this bayonet is the smaller-proportioned type. It has excellent engraving to the nickel eagle pommel area. The feathering shows hand-enhancing.
The crossguard has the traditional overlapping oak leaves and on the reverse is plain in the center with the oak leaves continuing through the quillon area.
The grip plates are of fine genuine stag having pleasing brown colors which turn lighter at the upper grains. They are retired by two nickel rivets which have dressed heads on the obverse. The insignia is the Weimar type having the six-sided sunburst star with a Prussian-type eagle in the center. The clamshell has the usual highly detailed Prussian eagle and looks great.
The scabbard shell is of black leather having twin accent lines on the edges and it is sewn up the rear. There is one small spot where the stitching has given out but it is not bad. The mounts are the type with scalloped edges and they are both retained with staples and have numbers beneath.
The black leather frog is a nice one which appears original to the piece. It is maker marked "Joseph Moll / Gogh / 1929". This frog dating goes very nicely with the vintage of this bayonet.
The blade measures 9 ½ inches long having wide fuller construction and needle-like tip. The nickel plating is good except in the enter area there is a little bit of spotting on both sides of the blade in the same place. Otherwise the blade is nice and overall would grade at least Excellent. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Early Alcoso trademark being the large letters "ACS" interspersed within the scales.
A very nice example here.
POLBAY #39765C Police Bayonet – WKC
This Police Bayonet is in untouched condition with a fine patina evenly spread throughout; it would clean up well if someone wanted to take the time to do it.
The reverse of the scabbard is marked “S. D. I. 668”. This stamping indicates the bayonet was issued to the “Schutzpolizei Dusselforf”. The crossguard does not have this marking, however. The scabbard is constructed from black leather which looks to have been varnished years ago. The mounts are of nickel with scalloped edges, retained by staples.
The blade is the usual 13 inch long type, cut down from the original 17 inch length. The job was done well and the blade has a fine, sharp point. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, while the reverse has the full name of the company and the location, “Weyersberg Kirschbaum Solingen”.
A good Police Bayonet here, with an interesting scabbard.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00
POLBAY #39574 Long Police Clamshell Bayonet – Weyersberg & Kirschbaum
This Police Clamshell Bayonet is in outstanding condition throughout; somehow it managed to gracefully survive both the shortening conversion and the removal of the clamshell, which was no mean feat.
The pommel is in very, very choice condition, showing on sign of being used as an impromptu hammer. The beak of the bird is nice and sharp, and the detailing to the eye and beak is terrific.
The lower crossguard has extra-fine oak leaves with mixed acorn that runs to the end of the quillon. The center of the reverse guard is plain, with no signs of any numbering and the quillon end covered in fine oak leaves and acorns.
The clamshell is very fine, set with a Prussian eagle that is surrounded by fine oak leaves and lots of hand pebbling.
The grip plates of this bayonet are like new. These plates show virtually no wear at all, but have the telltale golden toning on the ages that speak to the true age. The grip is a deep, coffee brown with lighter brown in the raised grains. These plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed heads on both facings. In the center of the obverse grip is an aluminum Police insignia. It is the oval shaped, open style, and retains very fine detailing throughout. This bayonet must have put away on a shelf for years, as it shows almost no wear of any kind.
The scabbard shell is also in the same choice condition. The leather is new-like and has exceptional depth to the accent lines on the edges of both sides. This scabbard is sewn up the rear, and has virtually no bulging from the internal runners. The scabbard mounts are the traditional, scalloped type, retained by staples in the usual manner.
Attached to the scabbard is very fine frog. This accoutrement is constructed of black leather and it remains in choice condition.
The blade of the bayonet has been cut down, but not to the usual 13 inches; this example measures 14 inches and has a fine, needle-like tip. The conversion process was extremely professional and looks to have been a factory job as this blade remains in fully mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked “Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie”, with the obverse is stamped with the Knight Head trademark. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.
A very beautiful clamshell bayonet here.
Mint Minus. $1,995.00
POLBAY #38919 Rural Police Bayonet – Alexander Coppel
This Rural Police Bayonet is in nice condition throughout. The solid nickel-plated hilt is in nice condition, with nice enhancing to the eye and feathering of the bird pommel. There are a few nicks on the back plate were the original owner must have used his bayonet to tack up a few posters, a common sight on these bayonets.
The crossguards have the usual overlapping oak leaves on the obverse. The reverse has this treatment on the quillons. The smooth area of the guard is stamped “L. Ar. - 306”. This stamping is also seen on the upper scabbard fitting. It refers to the Prussian police district “Landjägerie Arnsberg”.
The genuine antler grip plates are in excellent condition, showing little wear and with pleasing brown tones to the graining. These plates are retained by means of aluminum rivets with dressed heads on both sides. The obverse grip emblem is an open aluminum Police eagle, showing little wear. The fact that this eagle shows so little wear could be indication that this piece was not worn frequently during the period.
The scabbard shell is an outstanding example. The fine brown leather is in excellent condition, decorated with the standard pattern of dual edge lines and being sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of matching solid nickel and are in good condition. They have scalloped ends where they meet the shell and are retained by staples in the usual fashion.
The 13 inch blade is a cut-down example; it is in nice condition except for a minor amount of pitting at the reverse tip. The blade has a fine wide fuller. The obverse is marked with the famous Scales logo of the firm, as well as the intials “ACS”. The reverse also has the Scales as well as the full name of the firm, “Alexander Coppel / Solingen”.
If you are looking for a nice Rural Police Bayonet, look no further.
POLBAY #38725C Police Bayonet with Aluminum Hilt – PDL
This Police Bayonet is a light weight version; the entire hilt is constructed of aluminum.
The pommel has excellent detail to the eagle's eye and feathering. The crossguard is also highly detailed, with overlapping leaves on the obverse and reverse quillon. There are no numbers tamped into this bayonet, which lead me to believe it was an officer's piece.
The grip plates are a very fine antler, quite thick with pleasing brown grains and golden edges. These grip plates are retained by aluminum rivets with dressed heads on both sides. The is a slivered, open style Police Eagle on this grip. The head, breast and wing feathering of this bird show some hand wear, but are not obscured.
The scabbard shell is of black leather. It is decorated with accent lines that run the length of both sides and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are the standard nickel type with scalloped edges where they meet the leather. The mounts have numbers stamped beneath the staples.
Attached to the upper mount is a fine black leather frog. This frog is in very good condition and, being leather, has no attic crazing. It is also a quality example with a center placed rivet on the reverse.
The 13 inches blade is a cut-down version. It is a beauty, however, in fully mint condition and with an outstanding modification. It is stamped on the reverse with the old fashioned Sword and Helmet logo of the PD Lüneschloss firm. The is also a leather washer which is original to the piece.
This is probably an early example given the trademark. It is interesting to see that aluminum was being used on such an early piece.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00
POLBAY #36967C Rural Police Bayonet
This Rural Police Bayonet has never been cleaned, and still has a fine patination across all of the nickel mounts.
The hilt features the eagle-headed pommel design, where the bird is looking to the left. There is nice detail to the bird's eye, as well as the feathering beneath.
The crossguard features a design of raised oak leaves on the obverse facing, while the reverse the oak leaves appear only at the quillon end. Normally there would be a serial number reserved for the plain area, however on this example the serial number was ground off by the Nazis. The original number, however, still remains on the reverse of the scabbard mount. It reads “SE 12620”. Tying this in nicely is the fact that the blade edge and upper scabbard mount are both stamped “907”. These numbers were probably all done during the Wiemar period, the crossguard number being ground off as it was not needed by the Nazis. The serial number of this piece indicates that during the Wiemar time the bayonet was carried by the Schutzpolizei from Erfurt.
The grip plates are nicely tones, having very fine golden edges and deep brown tones at the lower portions of the grains. The plates show a little wear, but go nicely with the rest of the bayonet. Aluminum rivets retain the grips; the lower obverse rivet looks like it was hit by something as the dressed head is slightly disfigured. The reverse rivets are in nice condition, with dressed heads. The Police insignia is the aluminum open style. It features an open winged eagle with a wreathed swastika, positioned over a wreath of oak leaves. There is little wear to this eagle, a good indication that this bayonet was not worn a lot during the Third Reich time. Most of the wear to this bayonet would have come during the Wiemar Period.
The scabbard shell is a fine, rich brown color. The leather is in excellent condition, showing very little age or usage, being sewn up the rear in the normal fashion. The scabbard mounts are nickel type, having scalloped edges where they meet they shell. The mounts are retained by staples, and the lower ball is in perfect condition.
There is a frog attached to the upper lug. This frog appears to be original to the piece. The frog has excellent black leather, showing a little age, but a little bit of show cream could nurture this frog back to new-like condition.
The 13 inch blade is as nice as they come. Traditionally, as is the case with most Nazi-worn Police bayonets, the blade has been trimmed down from the original 17 inch length. The job was well done, however, and if you did not know this you would probably not realize the blade is cut down. The original nickel finish is still completely bright and this blade grades in Near Mint condition. There is also an arsenal mark on the blade edge, next to the the stamped “907”. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the knight's head trademark, while the reverse has the firm's full name and location, “Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co. / Solingen”.
A fine Police Bayonet here, which is quite rare to find with a good brown leather scabbard.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
POLBAY #36015 Municipal Police Bayonet – Alcoso
This Municipal Police Bayonet is the standard proportion type showing some mild usage to the hilt area. The pommel still has good detail to the eagle’s beak, eye and feathering. The crossguard with its upward teardrop quillon has the overlapping oak leaves on the obverse. On the reverse only half of the crossguard has the oak leaves while the lower half is left plain for the stamping of the property numbers. These numbers are mismatched. The number on the hilt is “L.Ar.143”.
The grip plates are a fine stag showing some wear to the surfaces. The wear probably mostly happened during the Weimar period as the aluminum Third Reich eagle shows only modest wear. These grip plates also have the old holes that were filled in when the hilt was reduced during the removal of the clamshell during the Weimar period. The stag plates are retained by aluminum rivets having dressed heads on both sides. As indicated above the grip insignia is in excellent condition showing outstanding detail to the wreath and the superimposed open-winged eagle with wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is a fine black leather example having decorative twin lines running the length of the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the rear. This scabbard leather is still supple. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type having staple retainage. The lower amount is somewhat dark with age but may clean up some with some effort.
The scabbard is fitted with a fine brown frog. This brown frog is in choice condition and is marked on the reverse with the maker town and also the date. It is, “A&H. Foldherr / Erkraun / 1937”. There is also the letters “PO” that are stamped beneath the maker stamping. This quality frog is retained by four aluminum rivets. The reverse upper scabbard mount is marked, “SD III 205”. As stated above it does not match the bayonet. This did not mean anything as far as the bayonets used during the Third Reich as these property numbers went back to the Weimar time.
The blade is the usual cut down variety. This blade though is in excellent condition being in a near mint state. The cut down job was extremely well done and if you did not know this you probably would not notice that the bayonet was made shorter to the 13-inch specification during the Third Reich. This fine blade is stamped on the obverse with the scales having the firm’s initials, “ACS” interspersed. On the reverse is the full name of the maker, “Alexander Coppel”. The name is over the scales with letters and beneath is the location city of “Solingen”. A decent police bayonet here which if it had matched numbers would be priced higher. A very good value especially give the choice frog.
POLBAY #34994 Municipal Police Bayonet - WKC
This Municipal Police Bayonet has a nice patination across all of its surfaces, and does not look to have been cleaned since the War. It shows some minor wear to the details of the eye and feathering to the eagle pommel. There are some signs of tapping on the reverse pommel, but it is negligible. The crossguard and quillon have the traditional overlapping oak leaves on the obverse and on the reverse end area. The reverse center area is left plain, and is stamped with the property numbers, "S.B. 333". The upper scabbard mount is mismatched, but is also stamped with "S.B. 7557". Since these initials indicate that the scabbard and the bayonet come from the same area, it can easily be assumed that the mismatching occurred at the time the bayonet was re-hilted, and the blade was cut down. The "S.B" would stand for Schutzpolizei Berlin. The hilt is equipped with outstanding stag grip plates. These grip plates have deeply toned to a golden hue along the edges, and also to the top areas of the grains. The grains below are a rich, coffee color. A great set of grip plates here, which are retained with aluminum rivets, having dressed obverse and reverse heads.
The aluminum police insignia shows some minor wear, but all details are still discernible. It features an open winged police eagle, looking to the viewer's left, clutching a mobile swastika within a wreath. It is extremely interesting to note that instead of being pinned into the grip, this particular insignia has tiny brads by which it is retained. These brads are located on the tip of each wing, and at the twelve o' clock leg of the swastika. These brads are absolutely period, and the insignia still wiggles, indicating that it has been a very long time since this retainage has been done. It is always interesting in this hobby, as we never see it all! I must have sold at least a hundred bayonets like these over the years, and this is the first period example I have seen with this type of insignia retainage.
The leather scabbard shell is in excellent condition throughout, being sewn up the rear in the normal method, and having twin decorative lines which run the length of both sides. There are a few scuffs to the leather, but these are extremely superficial, and would easily cover with a little bit of shoe polish. The mounts have matching patination, and are in fine condition, having scalloped edges and being retained in the usual manner. There is a black frog attached, which is a patent leather style, having the usual attic crazing. It shows age but it is still serviceable. The blade of this example has been cut down to the thirteen inch length. It has outstanding nickel plated surfaces, which are bright throughout, and if you did not know that this blade was cut down, you probably would not notice it. This blade grades in near mint condition. It has an old arsenal stamping on the spine, and on the obverse ricasso is stamped with the knighthead logo. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the full name and location of this well-known firm, "WEYERSBERG/KIRSCHBAUM & CIE/SOLINGEN". A nice, original example here, with interesting insignia retainage.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
POLBAY #34479 Slotted Municipal Police Bayonet - Alcoso
This Municipal Police Bayonet has the large proportion hilt, which is equipped with a mortise and rifle slot at the pommel. The mortise button works well. The pommel is decorated with engraved feathering and shows nice detail. The crossguard/quillon has raised, overlapping, oak leaves on the obverse. On the reverse, the crossguard area is plain, showing grinding, with oak leaves at the quillon. Stamped over the grinding was a new number by the Nazi police, "15". This number matches the "15" on the reverse. The grip plates are genuine stag, and have good, tan and brown surfaces with nice grains. The edges have turned golden. These grip plates are retained by aluminum rivets, having dressed heads on both sides. The original installer here took a little extra effort, and countersunk the holes in the stag, and the rivets fit flush. The police insignia on the obverse grip is the pierced style, having an oval wreath of oak leaves in the background, and an open winged police eagle superimposed. This eagle shows some wear to the breast feathering, head, and also to the wing feathers and wreath. Overall though, most of the detail is still available. The eagle grasps a wreathed swastika in his talons. The scabbard shell shows some age to the leather, but overall, it is still in good, collectible condition. The leather is decorated with the twin lines that accent both of the edges on each side. The police scabbard mounts are the solid, nickel type, having scalloped edges where they meet the leather. These mounts show quite a bit of carrying wear, and a few minor dings here and there. They are retained by staples on the reverse in the usual manner.
The frog is a black leather type, having a somewhat rough finish, but not as rough as the K98 types are. This frog shows age commensurate with the rest of the leather, but is still sound. The frog is constructed with four rivets. The reverse of the frog does not have a nick or stamping. The blade is the cutdown version, reduced to 13". The cutdown job was well executed, with a good, sharp tip. The nickeling to the blade is still bright, but there are some spots along the spine edge, and the cutting edge, centered mostly around the middle of the blade. Overall though, it is not bad, and the blade still grades easily at excellent. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the large scales, having the firm's initials, "ACS", interspersed. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the firm's full name in an arch, "Alexander Coppel". Underneath is a smaller version of the scales with the ACS letters. At the bottom in an arch going upward is the location city, "Solingen". A good, basic, bayonet here, and the slotted types are more difficult to find than the plain examples.
POLBAY #32158C Municipal Police Bayonet marked "5"
This Municipal Police Bayonet is one of the early Weimar types that were re-worked by the Nazis. There is no maker mark that appears on the blade, but I have a feeling that it may have been removed during the rework process. At any rate, the bayonet is of all heavy solid construction, having excellent detail to the hilt fittings. The eagle head pommel is exceptionally nice, having deep engravings throughout the bird’s eye and feather detail. There is also a number of tap, tap hammer marks on the reverse hilt, where no doubt, this policeman was busy putting up posters. The crossguard has good oak leafing, which also shows little wear. The reverse crossguard is plain on the center area with oak leaves at the quillon ends. The number, “5,” is stamped on the plain area and this matches the number stamped on the reverse upper scabbard fitting. The grip plates are a pleasing tan stag color. The stag is still in excellent condition, having nice graining and gold toned edges. These grip plates are retained by aluminum rivets, which have dressed heads on both sides. The police eagle is an aluminum open type. There is an oak leaf behind the bird. The bird has open wings, looks to the left and has excellent detail throughout his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.
The scabbard shell is black leather. This leather appears in good condition, showing some minor age, but still supple. It is sewn up the rear and has the usual twin decorative lines running the length of both sides. The solid nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition throughout, held by staples in the reverse. The blade of this example is the cut down version and is in choice mint condition throughout. In fact, this blade appears to have been re-plated after the tip was shortened and this would surely explain why there is no maker mark on the ricasso. A very fine, mint-conditioned blade. I also note that there is no arsenal note on the upper blade spine. Another reason to think that the blade was re-plated and this mark was also removed before the plating. A nice example here, having some special work done, given the fact that the rivet heads are even dressed on the reverse. A fine example.
Excellent Plus. $895.00