Long Third Reich KS/98 Bayonet w/RARE Sawback Blade, Frog & Portepee (#26349)

Long Third Reich KS/98 Bayonet w/RARE Sawback Blade, Frog & Portepee (#26349)

maker:A. Wingen Jr in an arch above SOLINGEN TM. condition: Ex+/EX++ item number: 26349 price: $595.00

$595.00

Long Third Reich KS/98 Bayonet w/RARE Sawback Blade, Frog & Portepee. A.WINGEN JR in an arch above Solingen TM. As stated on pages 109 of Seitengewehr: History of the German Bayonet 1919-1945 by George T. Wheeler,… “KS 98s were usually not manufactured with sawbacks during the Weimar or Nazi periods, but they were available, and could be ordered by the purchaser at extra cost. Sawbacks from the Weimar period are very scarce, and Nazi sawbacks are rarely encountered”. Nickel-plated hilt fittings show gray speckling to the pommel and crossguard with minor loss of plating to the top of pommel and to edge of pommel push-button. Pommel slot is complete with original red felt plug which shows minor moth damage. Black bakelite grip plates are perfect with no cracks or chips.The lower reverse grip plate is equipped with what appears to be a professionally bored oil/drain hole. Plain, plated, single-fullered blade measuring 25.2cm in length grades EX++ showing light runner marks primarily to lower blade below the fuller and a few tiny gray specks along the reverse blade edge, but no pitting, lifting or nicks to cutting edge. Blade is complete with black leather buffer pad. Dent-free steel scabbard retains approximately 95% of the original black enamel showing surface crazing/scratches to the obverse/reverse shell and wear to lower ball. The black leather, double-stitched, single-rivet frog shows minor age/wear to leather, but no rips or tears and no damage or evidence of black shoe polish on the white stitching. The Army NCO portepee grades EX++ showing minor age to the green/silver strap/slide/stem/crown and silver acorn w/green/silver strap material insert. EX+/EX++ (26349) $595.00