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WWI GERMAN BAYONET - HIRSCHFANGER PRESENTATION TYPE
This is a fine example of a WWI HIRSCHFANGER presentation bayonet. The blade is finely engraved on both sides and at the top. There are no marks present in the scabbard. The overall length of the bayonet is 24 3/4". With a blade measuring approximatelly 19 1/2". The overall condition of the piece is very good. The leather of the scabbard shows some wear but remains very nice. The belt attachment appears to be slightly bent.

GENERAL CONSTRUCTION
The construction of the Hirschfanger bayonet consists of a brass handle. One side has multiple grooves cut into the surface. The other side is perfectly smooth. The side with the grooves also has the remnants of the spring loaded mechanism that releases the bayonet when it is affixed to the rifle. However, one interesting aspect about this bayonet is that it cannot be attached to a rifle because it does not have the lugnut guide.

The pommel is in a "dove" head style. The cross guard is of silver metal construction. One side angles upwardly while the second side angles downwardly. This produces an effect that is very pleasing to the eye. A piece of oval felt material is placed at the bottom of the crossguard. It is red in color. This softens the connection between the crossguard and scabbard whent the bayonet is in its sheath.





The scabbard is of leather construction with brass fittings, one in the throat area and one in the tip.

One side in the throat section has a frog hook. It is circular in shape and has some ridging and tapering to make it more attractive. The tip section is affixed to the scabbard by a single staple. The end of the tip has a small ball. This is a design that was caried over to most of the blades of the Third Reich.



This page is a recognition and identification guide for German bayonets. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out specific points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my German bayonet worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the Nazi bayonets is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the police sword in the collector's market is illustrated.

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Note the presence of the barrel ring. Although the bayonet cannot be attached to a rifle since it is designed for social uses rather than combat.



BLADE ETCHINGS


The blade is highly decorated with a large variety of designs. Among them you find images of swords, crowns. musical instruments, leafing and more. One section has the following words displayed "U. Reich F. Kaiser M. Gott".

Of particular interest notice the German spike helmet on the right hand side of the etching. Very reminiscent of the WWI period.







This edge weapon is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of edge weapons. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the item.



If you have an interest is seeing other edge weapons of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German Edge Weapons identification guide. Where we cover blades from the Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe) and other organizations.



PRICING GUIDE INFORMATION

The value for WWII German daggers and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $205.00 $235.00 $245.00 $255.00 $255.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B B A A


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