Original German WWII Single Etched Short Heer Army 98k Rifle Bayonet by Puma
Original Item: Only One Available. The K-98 dress bayonet was a dress version of the Combat style. It was worn by enlisted and NCO personnel. The bayonet was finished with a high-quality nickel plating, black checkered Bakelite or genuine stag grip plates and black painted scabbard. The choice of blade length was left to the purchaser, being nickel-plated short or long version. There was a red or green colored felt insert in the rifle slot and the bayonet was suspended from a black or brown leather frog.
Enlisted or NCO personnel were permitted to purchase K-98 dress bayonets with fancy etched blades. These etchings run the gamut from simple designs featuring the standard remembrance, Zur Erinnerung an meine Dienstzeit (In Memory of My Service Time), to very fancy, custom etched depictions, citing the individual's regiment, unit, and sometimes even his name. Many blade factories offered unique etch patterns. The etch work was often state of the art.
This fine Heer (Army) example has an excellent hilt, having bright nickel plating which still remains in 90% condition. The plating shows little age. The mortise button and blade release work excellent. There is an original red colored felt strip in the rifle slot. The grip plates are the black checkered type, both being in perfect condition. They are retained by nickel-plated steel rivets which have dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard is straight throughout and has outstanding paint. This paint is still 90%. Attached to the scabbard is a nice black leather frog. A very nice scabbard and frog combination.
The blade is a fine nickel-plated example still being bright throughout and easily in near full mint condition. The obverse blade is plain being the type with wide fuller construction. The reverse of the blade is etched with the standard remembrance in two lines in the center. Flanking the remembrance are sprigs of oak leaves and on the left side there is a eagle clutching a swastika and on the right a helmet with such good detail the national emblem is visible. All of the frosting is in place in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the diamond having the Puma cat inside with the firm’s name below the head, Puma. Below the diamond is the location city, Solingen. The original brown leather blade washer is in place. A very difficult to find Heer bayonet.
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