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Third Reich Police Dress Bayonet by Carl Eickhorn
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The bayonet has an overall length of 18 1/8 inches in the scabbard, with a blade length of 13 inches. This example was originally a longer blade as carried by the police during the period of the Weimar Republic, and it was shortened during the Third Reich. The ricasso bears the squirrel trademark of the firm of Carl Eickhorn. The blade is generally bright, with some loss of plating, primarily at the tip on each side. The spine of the blade is marked with a proof mark and the number "16", and the number "16' is also stamped on top of the scabbard throat. The reverse of the scabbard throat bears the designation of "PBd. 382", indicating that it was the property of the German Police School in Brandenburg. The stag grip plates have a golden brown color and are without cracks or chips. The police eagle affixed to the grip is the aluminum variety. There are two small spots of filling below the lowermost grip rivet on each side. This was due to the fact that the original grip plates were shortened, as was the blade, and some modification was therefore needed with the lower holes on each side of the grip plates to accommodate the modification. The eagle head pommel has excellent detail and is the dress bayonet style without the rifle slot. The leather washer is in place below the guard. The black leather scabbard has some relatively minor scuffs but the scabbard is complete, and the stitching is intact.