Short KS/98 Bayonet w/Single Etched Blade, Frog & Portepee (#26860)

Short KS/98 Bayonet w/Single Etched Blade, Frog & Portepee (#26860)

No maker.; Condition: EX/EX+

$595.00

No maker. Although unmarked this bayonet was most certainly produced by the E. Pack & Söhne Firm as the grip plates are complete with the Pack style offset retaining screws and the blade etch pattern appears in the E. Pack & Söhne 1938 catalog as motif Nr.11, “Neutral”. Photographs of this etch pattern appear on page 254, upper of German Etched Dress Bayonets by Wayne H. Techet. Nickel-plated hilt fittings show minor surface crazing, but no lifting and pommel slot is complete with original red felt plug. Black bakelite grip plates are perfect with no cracks or chips with no damage to the retaining screws. Plated blade measuring 19.8cm in length grades EX+ showing light surface wear/runner marks and some minor gray speckling/shadowing, but no nicks to cutting edge and is complete with brown leather buffer pad. Obverse blade features a 5 ½” long frosted panel raised floral motifs flanking the three-line remembrance of service time inscription, “Zur Erinnerung an meine Dienstzeit beim Inf. – Rgt. 11” in raised gothic letters. The etched panel retains 100% of the background frosting. Dent-free steel scabbard retains approximately 85% of the original black enamel showing surface wear/crazing to the obverse/reverse shell below the frog. Black leather, double-stitched frog grades EX showing wear/surface crazing to the original patent leather with wear to the edges of the lug hole, and is complete with EX+ portepee with gray fabric strap and white/yellow/white slide/stem/acorn for 9th Company. EX/EX+ (26860)