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Third Reich Police School Dress Bayonet by Eickhorn
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The bayonet has an overall length of 18 1/2 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 very bright, with some spots and a bit of the typical speckling that is found on these blades, which were re-plated as a part of the refurbishing process in the Third Reich. The spine of the blade is marked with a proof mark. The stag grip plates have a medium golden brown color and are without cracks or chips. Each side of the grip has a filled hole below the lowermost rivet, these being the holes that were used to mount the grip plates on the prior, longer, version of the bayonet. The shortening of the bayonet blade meant that the grip plates, too, had to be shortened, which also meant that new holes had to be created in the modified grip plates. The old holes were then dealt with by either a type of filler material being inserted into the hole or, in some cases, by camouflaging the holes with tacks whose heads matched the color of the grip plate. The police eagle affixed to the grip is the aluminum variety with quite nice detail. The eagle head pommel has very good detail with some of the usual wear to the plated surfaces on the top edges and on the eagle beak. The weapon is the dress bayonet style without the rifle slot. The black leather scabbard has some minor scuffs and signs of use and wear, but the scabbard is complete, and the stitching is intact. Both the bayonet throat and the reverse of the crossguard have matching police property codes, which is not common, since the folks who refurbished these bayonets were apparently not terribly particular about keeping the bayonets and the scabbards together when they arrived at the factories to be shortened. This is not surprising, since the process involved shortening the blades, shortening the grip plates, attaching the Third Reich police eagles to the grip plates, and shortening the scabbards. Since everything was being adjusted and modified, there would not be any real need to keep the scabbards and blades together after their arrival. In this case, however, that was done, and both the bayonet guard and the scabbard throat bear the designation of "P.S. 42", indicating that this bayonet was property item number 42 of the Police School of Saxony (with the "P.S." designation meaning "Polizeischule Sachsen"). The bayonet is in overall excellent condition.