Long Fire Official Bayonet w/Double-Etched Blade (#23782)

Long Fire Official Bayonet w/Double-Etched Blade (#23782)

No maker; Condition: EX/EX+

$1,995.00

No maker.  Although unmarked, the bookend border with fleur de lis design at each end of the blade etch was, as stated on page 110 of German Etched Dress Bayonets by Wayne H. Techet, used exclusively by the Carl Eickhorn Company.  Nickel-plated hilt fittings show light surface wear with some speckling/crazing  to the obverse/reverse pommel and a few specks to the recurved crossguard.  Black bakelite grip plates are perfect with no cracks or chips.  Plated, double-etched blade measuring 24.5cm in length grades EXt++/Near MINT with light surface wear/runner marks but no lifting or nicks to cutting edge.  Obverse blade features a 7 5/8” long frosted panel with remembrance of service motto with oak leaf border at the tip and ricasso end of blade flanking a central motif of a fire official helmet with neck protector, chin strap and swastika.  Reverse blade features a 6 ½” long frosted panel with the raised inscription in Gothic letters, “Berufsfeuerwehr München” (professional fire department Munich).  Both obverse and reverse panels, with Eickhorn pattern bookend borders, retain 100% of the background frosting, and blade is complete with black leather blade buffer pad.  Dent-free steel scabbard retains approximately 60% of its original black enamel w showing only surface wear/crazing to both obverse and reverse.  Bayonet is complete with black leather double-stitched frog showing age crazing to the original patent finish. Extremely rare Third Reich bayonet!  EX/EX+  (23782)