Short KS/98 Bayonet w/Single-Etched Blade (#29365)

Short KS/98 Bayonet w/Single-Etched Blade (#29365)

No maker; Condition- EX+/EX++

$695.00

No maker. Although unmarked, the blade is etched with an E. Pack & Söhne motif that appears on page 150 of German Etched Dress Bayonets 1933-1945 by Wayne H. Techet as E. Pack & Söhne pattern Nr. 6 Neutral. Nickel-plated hilt fittings show light surface wear with one tiny area of missing plating on reverse crossguard, but no lifting or pitting. Pommel slot is complete with original dark green felt plug. Black bakelite grip plates are perfect with no cracks or chips and complete with off-set grip screws as used by the Pack Firm. Plated blade measuring 20cm in length grades EX+/EX++ showing light surface wear/runner marks with two tiny “pings” to reverse center spine, but no lifting or nicks to cutting edge. Obverse blade features a 5 3/8″ long frosted etched panel with the standard remembrance of service time inscription, “Zur Erinnerung an meine Dienstzeit beim Inf. – Regt. 11” in raised gothic letters, flanked on each end by a raised floral and vine motif. Etched panel retains virtually 100% of the light gray background finish with superb detail to the inscription and floral/vine motif. Blade is complete with brown leather buffer pad. Dent-free steel scabbard retains approximately 90% of the original black enamel showing light surface crazing to obverse/reverse shell and loss of enamel primarily to left edge of shell and lower ball. Research in Das Deutsche Heer 1939 indicates that the 11th Infantry Regiment was garrisoned in Leipzig as part of the 13th Infantry Division. EX+/EX++