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Third Reich Police Schutzpolizei Dress Bayonet by WKC
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A Third Reich Police dress bayonet that was manufactured by WKC prior to the Third Reich and which was shortened for wear during the Third Reich. The bayonet is also a functional model, with a rifle slot on the pommel and with the eye of the eagle being a functioning press stud. The overall length is approximately 19 inches in the scabbard, with the bayonet having a blade length of 13 inches. The ricasso is marked on one side with the Knight head logo of WKC (and the logo lacks the letters "WKC", indicating that the bayonet dates from the 1920's) while, on the other side, the full name of Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Company appears. The spine of both the blade and the grip carry the code of "Z640" and the spine of the blade also has a proof mark. The blade was shortened and re-plated during the Third Reich, and the plating of the blade remains largely bright. There are some minor spots where the plating has lifted and some areas that are a bit cloudy, but these are generally typical for the Weimar era police bayonets that were refurbished during the Third Reich. The stag grip plates are nicely toned and free of chips or cracks. An early police eagle in nickel silver is set on to the obverse plate and this eagle is very dark with untouched and uncleaned patina. The plates on both sides have two domed rivets which hold them in place. The grip plates, like the bayonet blade, were shortened during the Third Reich refurbishing process, and there is a very small hole in the front grip, just below the police eagle insignia, that remains from the grip's earlier, longer, version. The scabbard is black leather, as worn by the Schutzpolizei. Both the reverse of the upper scabbard fitting and the reverse of the bayonet crossguard have unit identification codes and numbers, and these do not match, which is frequently the situation with the shortened police bayonets. It seems that, in many if not most instances of the refurbishing of the bayonets, the factories performing the work did not make it a point to keep the bayonets they received with the scabbards in which they had arrived. This example is marked on the back of the guard with the designation "S.G.I. 158", indicating that, during the period of the Weimar Republic, this bayonet was item number 158 in the possession of the Prussian State Schutzpolizei, in the Gumbinnen district (indicated by the "S.G."), first precinct (indicated by the Roman numeral "I"). The throat of the scabbard is marked "S.H. 1254", representing item number 1254 in the Prussian Schutzpolizei district of Hannover. The leather scabbard shows typical scuffs and spots, but the stitching is intact and the scabbard fittings are secure. The leather washer remains in place at the top of the ricasso. Overall the bayonet is a very fine example of a Scutzpolizei dress sidearm with a number of interesting features.