Third Reich Police Dress Bayonet with Matching Numbers by E&F Horster
The bayonet has an overall length in the scabbard of approximately 19 inches. The blade is in very good to excellent condition, although carrying a film of dirt and grime. The ricasso is marked on one side with the Horster firm monogram and on the opposite side with the full name of the firm. Like most Third Reich police dress bayonets, the blade was a longer Weimar period piece which was reduced in length during the Third Reich. The stag grips are toned to a deep golden brown, and secured with two domed rivets. The grips are without chips or cracks. The obverse grip carries an aluminum police eagle which shows some typical wear to the details. The solid eagle pommel shows fine detail, with an etched eye rather than a functional button. The pommel retains a fine nickel finish, with one tiny pock mark indentation of the top. Both the rear of the guard and the rear of the top scabbard fitting are marked “S.D. VI 372”, indicating that the bayonet was a Weimar Era weapon of the Prussian Schutzpolizei, and it was marked to identify it as item 372 in Duty Sector VI of the city of Dusseldorf. Additionally, the spine of the bayonet and the edge of the top scabbard fitting are both marked with the designation “M 207”, along with an inspection mark on the spine. The leather scabbard has minor scuffing but it remains supple and it is complete and intact. The scabbard fittings show expected signs of wear and some spots but they remain bright. Overall the bayonet is in excellent condition.