Luftwaffe Forestry “Waffen-Loesche” Bayonet w/Frog (#30381)

Luftwaffe Forestry “Waffen-Loesche” Bayonet w/Frog (#30381)

Maker: Ch. A.W., (Chromolit-Besteckfabrik, Arthur Wingen, Solingen) TM; Condition: Near MINT

$2,500.00

Ch. A.W., (Chromolit-Besteckfabrik, Arthur Wingen, Solingen) TM. As stated on page 91 of The Sword and Knife Makers of Germany 1850-2000 by the late Anthony Carter, “Staghorn gripped knives were produced marked Ch.A.W. on one side, and Waffen-Loesche Berlin (qv), the distributor on the reverse. These knives are said to have been worn by Luftwaffe NCO”s assigned to forestry duties”. A photograph and description of this pattern bayonet appears on pages 176 & 177 of Seitengewehr: History of the German Bayonet 1919-1945 by George T. Wheeler. Polished steel hilt, spine, and flat crossguard show virtually no surface wear and no damage. Stamped “469” on the crossguard. The small, same number “469” is also stamped on the back of the frog. Medium brown stag grip plates are perfect with no cracks or chips, and are retained by three nickel slotted screw bolts. Polished steel blade measuring 20 cm in length grades EX++ showing only faint runner marks. Reverse ricasso is distributor stamped, “Waffen-Loesche, Berlin” and is complete with dark brown leather buffer pad. Te spine of the blade stamped with the letter “H”. Dent-free steel scabbard retains approximately 90% of the original black enamel and is stamped “4” on the scabbard throat. Near MINT