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Third Reich Schutzpolizei Dress Bayonet by Alcoso
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A Third Reich Police dress bayonet that was manufactured for the police by Alcoso (AC&S) prior to the Third Reich and which was shortened for wear during the Third Reich. 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 scales and the "ACS" mark of Alcoso while, on the other side, the full name of Alexander Coppel appears. The spine of the blade has a proof mark. The blade was shortened and re-plated during the Third Reich, and the plating of the blade remains generally bright, although there are some spots on the blade and the cutting edge of the blade has signs of having been sharpened at some point in time. The stag grip plates are nicely toned and free of chips or cracks. A police eagle in aluminum is set on to the obverse plate and this eagle retains much detail. 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 at the bottom of each plate on this bayonet there are the usual indications of the prior openings which were the locations of grip plate rivets before the grip plates were shortened. As is often found, the previous hole on the front grip plate, which would be seen while in wear, was filled; the hole on the back plate, which would not be seen, was left unfilled. The top reverse of the scabbard throat fitting is unmarked, while the reverse of the bayonet guard is marked "S.Ar.II 597", indicating that the bayonet itself was once weapon number 597 in District II of the municipal Schutzpolizei of the Prussian city of Arnsberg. The scabbard is in black leather, as worn by the municipal Schutzpolizei, and it shows typical scuffs and spots, with the leather being somewhat dry, but it is complete and intact, as is the original black leather frog.