WW2 German SS Combat S84/98 Bayonet (sold)
Authentic WW2 German SS Combat Bayonet With Original Totenkopf.
Exceptionally rare item; a WW2 (dated 1941) German S86/98 Combat
Bayonet with Totenkopf to the frog; this bayonet was carried by
a member of the SS, most likely an SS tank commander. This item
came from a British WW2 veteran's garage where it has clearly aged
through rust, etc. The sheen you see to the scabbard and hilt is
preserving oil, to the leather is balsam; I applied both to keep
what is there. The Totenkopf has come loose, but you can see the
holes in the frog where it was attached and it fits perfectly. The
25 cm blade is in good order having been spared exposure to the
damp garage conditions.
Be aware, there is no such thing as an SS bayonet per say; the
SS used the same combat bayonets as other German troops. But they
did affix their Totenkopf skull and bones motif to the frogs. I
have heard about these for some time but never actually seen one,
and then one day I was buying some items at a UK auction and happened
to notice the Totenkopf tied with a piece of string to this bayonet.
Apparently as the family cleared out the deceased ex-serviceman's
home and garage, the Totenkopf came loose.
This is an issued item, not some stores lot. The blade with the
correct markings for maker E.u.F. HORSTER & Cie in 1941, bayonet
number 6372 of 9999 in production run 6 ("f"). As this
is such a rare item, despite being in an aged condition generally,
the very least I would be prepared to accept for it is (hidden).
Further / full sized images upon request. My item reference code
is 463 (143).