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Here are my WW2 German bayonets, mis-matched as is most cases. The bakelite handle one has the "40" stamp on the spine. The wooden handle one has "42 ddl".

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Most bayonets are mismatched, I still have a fully matched example from 1939 with wooden grips. None of my WW2 bayonets have a date on the blade spine.

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Dress bayonets, long and short, no maker's marks. Patent leather frogs with age damage. Note coloured slot filler, should always be present, often missing. This example has nickel plated zinc fittings, which are non-magnetic and tend to lose the plating in time and to oxidise.

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Dress bayonets were always worn with a Kompanie Troddel.

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Here is another local find, 98K bayonet. 

The blade may have been re-blued at some point as it looks too new. It is stamped 41 cqh, WaA 885 and numbered 5450. The frog is stamped: Carl Herting & Co. STGT. Feuerbach 1941. The scabbard looks like someone at some point tried to make this a matching example, however I did not pay much for the whole thing so, thought it was worth it. The scabbard has the number 5199 stamped out and 5450 added. I do not know if this was done by a collector or not. It is also stamped E. u. F. Horster 1937. Finding decent examples of the 98K bayonet complete with the frog is getting harder to find nowadays. 

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Scabbards etc. were often re-numbered. The finish on the blade looks ok, this could have been period done. The scabbard looks as though it could do with some oil, otherwise the rust may increase over time. In the first picture the bayonet is the wrong way round in the scabbard, always worn with the release button outwards.

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