Third Reich Police Schutzpolizei Dress Bayonet by WKC
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 overall length is approximately 18 1/2 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 the blade has a proof mark and the number “17”. The blade was shortened and re-plated during the Third Reich, and the plating of the blade remains generally bright, although there are some cloudy areas on the blade. There are also a number of spots on the blade where the plating has lifted. 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 is a tiny and barely noticeable semi-circular opening, which was the location of a rivet before the grip plates were shortened. The top of the scabbard throat fitting is marked “261” and the throat fitting itself is marked on the reverse with the designation “”P.Md. 22”. This indicates that, prior to the refurbishing process, the bayonet had property item number 22 of the Prussian Hannoeversch-Muenden police school. The scabbard is in black leather, as worn by the municipal Schutzpolizei, and it shows typical scuffs and spots, but the stitching is intact and the scabbard fittings are secure.