Original German WWII Single Etched Short Heer Army 98k Rifle Bayonet by WKC of 41st Infantry Regiment
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 95% condition. The plating shows little age. The mortise button and blade release work excellent. 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 orginal paint. This paint is still 70%. 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 reading:
an meine Dienstzeit
beim Inftr-Regt. 41
Flanking the remembrance are vines and flowers. All of the frosting is in place in the backgrounds. The ricasso is stamped with the classic WKC knight's Helmet and , WKC. The original brown leather blade washer is in place. A very difficult to find Heer bayonet.
WKC stands for the firm Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co and has been manufacturing military swords and cutlery in Solingen, Germany- a city famous since the middle ages for its metal-working and craftsmanship in sword making. The traditional manufacturing of swords at WKC dates back to the year 1774 when the Weyersberg first registered the ''Kings head'' as their trademark. Later in 1883 the company merged with the Kirschbaums and the company WKC was formed as it exists today.
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