Long Slotted Third Reich Rural Police Bayonet w/Frog (#26440)

Long Slotted Third Reich Rural Police Bayonet w/Frog (#26440)

Maker: Carl Eickhorn, serrated-tail squirrel above C.E. within double-oval TM; Condition: EX+

$825.00

Carl Eickhorn, serrated-tail squirrel above C.E. within double-oval TM. As stated on page 190 of Collecting the Edged Weapons of the Third Reich Volume III, “This mark is believed to have been introduced in 1934-1935”. Nickel-plated hilt fittings show minor surface wear, but no lifting, oxidation or pitting to the well detailed eagle head pommel with pommel slot and oak leaf embellished crossguard. The pommel is complete with an operating obverse lug button and pommel slot with dark green felt plug. The reverse crossguard is stamped with the single number, “85”. Medium brown stag horn grip plates show light surface wear/age toning and a small crack on the upper reverse plate and with Third Reich Police grip emblem properly pinned to the obverse plate. Grip plates show evidence of being cut down at the time the clamshell was removed and blade shortened after the SS assumed control of the Police in June 1936 as the original lower rivet hole on the obverse plate has been filled with a brown paste filler while the reverse hole is unfilled. Plated blade measuring 33cm in length grades EX/EX+ with light runner marks primarily to recasso and light grinding marks near the blade tip where blade was shortened, but no nicks to cutting edge or damage to the blade tip. Spine of blade is marked with the Prussian police acceptance stamp consisting of a small sunburst above the letter “K” unmarked and is complete with brown leather buffer pad. Brown leather scabbard shows light surface wear minor surface scuffs and scratches, but no creases, rips or tears, and no damage to the reverse stitching. Nickel-plated scabbard fittings show light surface wear with several “pecks” to lower fitting but, no depressions to the lower ball. Both fittings are complete with retaining staples and the upper fitting is stamped on the reverse with the number, “85” matching the reverse crossguard. The brown leather, triple-stitched, 4-rivet frog grades EX+/EX++ showing minor wear but, no rips, tears or damage to stitching or rivets. Nice early Eickkhorn example that was shortened and up-dated for use during the Third Reich. EX+