H043281 NCO/OFFICER'S ETCHED DRESS BAYONET. (Extra-Seitengewehr 98K für Offiziere mit Graviernen)

BACKGROUND: During the Third Reich period numerous blade manufacturers produced customized, private purchase versions of the S84/98 and KS98 bayonets for dress wear. The dress bayonets were manufactured with an assortment of minor optional variations with a long model, (9 7/8"), blade for enlisted personnel and a shorter, (7 7/8"), blade for NCO’s and Officer’s. Due to the dress bayonets similarity to the issue bayonets they experienced slow sales and the F. W. Höller firm of Solingen attempted to increase demand by marketing the dress bayonets as the "Pionier", (Engineer), models, although they were available to personnel in all branches of service. It is not known if the marketing strategy was successful in increasing sales but it did result in the dress bayonets commonly being referred to as "Pioniere Extrawaffe". A popular option offered by the blade manufacturers was an acid etched motif on the blade for a nominal extra cost. Most of the etched designs were of a standard pattern that were applied by the use of a template and were copyrighted by the manufacturing firm. Additionally more personalized etched designs were also available at an extra cost.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 20cm long, nickel/silver plated, drop forged, steel construction blade with deep, narrow fullers to each side, a top edge swedge to the forward tip and an acid etched design to the obverse. Blade is marked "Zur Erinnerung an meine Dienstzeit", (In remembrance of my Service time). The original blackened leather washer is still intact. The bayonet has a nickel/silver plated alloy crossguard with one up-swept arm, a flash guard and a stylized eagle head pommel. The bayonet has diamond grooved, molded black bakelite grips which are secured to the hilt by two small, dome headed steel rivets. The "TO" slotted, stylized eagle head pommel and stud button are intact and functional. The bayonet comes complete with its original black painted, sheet metal scabbard. Also included is its private purchase frog.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $495.00

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