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L013175 EM'S BAYONET FAUSTREIMEN. (Seitengewehr Faustreimen)

BACKGROUND: Edged weapon portepees/troddels/Faustreimen and knots were originally introduced in the Prussian army in 1808, and continued to be worn with the Dress uniform, as a tradition and identifying item through WWI, the Weimar Republic and on into the Third Reich, with minor modifications. Originally designed as a functional item to secure the blade sidearm to the holders wrist the knots eventually evolved into a purely decorative, traditional edged weapon accessory. The Luftwaffe version of the bayonet knot, (Faustreimen), was officially introduced on March 1ST 1935 and the design was based on the earlier army pattern bayonet knots with minor variations. For enlisted personnel the main components of, strap, slide, crown, and ball were in assorted different colors representing which unit within a regiment the wearer served. The basic regiment consisted of three Battalions with a Headquarters unit and four Companies each, with two additional Regimental or Headquarters Companies and usually a Reserve and Training Companies. This resulted in a colorful array of bayonet knots within a regiment with twelve or more assorted color combinations. Of Note: NCO personnel wore a different type of bayonet knot, that did not show association with a particular unit, but indicated position.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: This example consists of the main components of, strap, slide, crown, and ball. The bayonet knot has a green leather strap with an interwoven, dual strand red leather slide, a horizontally laid crown in twisted bright yellow cotton braid and a vertically laid ball in twisted matte grey braid mounted on an internal, carved, wooden base. The bottom edge of the ball has a circular recess with inset matte grey strip of waffle patterned rayon.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $199.00

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