S008780 EM'S BAYONET TRODDEL. (Seitengewehr Troddel)

BACKGROUND: Bayonet 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. Allegedly the SS introduced their first bayonet knots in 1934 with a second pattern based on the army pattern introduced in 1936. For enlisted personnel the main components of, strap, slide, stem, crown, and ball were woven or pleated cotton in 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. 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 second pattern SS example consists of a woven white cotton strap with a repeating waffle pattern and two fine black interwoven stripes at each outside edge, a bright yellow slide, stem, and crown and white flecked black ball. Slide and stem are both woven in a "V" pattern while crown and ball are constructed of twisted braiding. Ball is mounted on an internal wooden base with a circular recess to bottom with a inserted piece of the strap as the "dot". Scarce SS EMís troddel.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $595.00

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