Original WWII U.S. Captured and Customized German 98k Long Dress Bayonet with Inlaid Picture Grips

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The K-98 dress bayonet was a dress version of the combat style, and was worn by enlisted and NCO personnel for dress and parade occasions. The bayonets were finished with a high-quality nickel plating, with black checkered bakelite grip plates and black painted scabbard. The choice of blade length was left to the purchaser, being nickel-plated short (20cm) or long (25cm) version. There was usually a red or green colored felt insert in the rifle slot and the bayonet was suspended from a black or brown leather frog. Some had a functional bayonet latch, while it was ornamental on some.

This standard example is in very good condition, and has a nice nickel-plated alloy hilt. The mortise button and blade release are fully functional, though the felt insert is missing. The original grip plates have been replaced with clear acrylic plastic, and each side has a small photograph held under the plates, which are retained by aluminum rivets. From the looks of it, the USGI that captured this bayonet was a member of the USAAF, as many of the pictured servicemen are in flight gear, and wearing pneumatic life preservers.

The blade on this example is nickel-plated, as were all dress bayonets. It does have wear to the plating, with some flaking and missing portions, where there is light staining. The wear is entirely consistent with runner wear, so this is mainly from the bayonet being unsheathed countless times, though possibly also from use.

The scabbard is straight throughout and still has over 95% of the original black paint. This really is a great scabbard, with very little age related degradation. There are a few areas of crazing and checking, but aside from that the scabbard is almost like new. 

An great example of a German WWII Long Dress Bayonet, captured and customized by a U.S. GI and then brought back home. A great display piece!

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