Germany, Heer. An Etched Dress Bayonet, Artillery Personnel, by Carl Eickhorn

Item #G47948

(Heer Bajonett). A well-preserved Heer commemorative dress bayonet, measuring 345 mm in total length when inserted into the scabbard. It features a 200 mm-long polished magnetic steel blade with a sharpened tip and semi-sharpened lower edge, with fullers running down the length of each side. The obverse bears a finely-detailed acid-etched inscription of “ZUR ERINNERUNG AN MEINE DIENSTZEIT” (“IN MEMORY OF MY SERVICE TIME”) on a stylized banner, set within oak leaves and flanked at one end by a cannon and at the other end by a Heer-style German national eagle clutching a mobile swastika. A maker’s mark near the reverse ricasso reads “ORIGINAL EICKHORN, SOLINGEN”, circumscribing the firm’s classic squirrel logo. The blade sits securely within a one-piece nickel-plated zink alloy hilt, featuring a hooked quillon and insertion slot retaining a functional spring catch with push-button release. Two pieces of pebbled black bakelite comprise the handle grip, and are secured together with dual magnetic metal rivets. It is accompanied by its period original scabbard, constructed of a black-painted magnetic metal shaft. A downward-pointing hook emanates from the side of the shaft for attachment to a frog, while the throat retains a functional spring catch to securely hold the bayonet in place during storage, and is secured together with a single side rivet. The bayonet demonstrates some issues consistent with age and use, including running marks to the blade, minor oxidation of the metal elements, and oxidation and loss of paint to the scabbard. It is in an overall very fine condition.