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WWII Nazi German Schutzpolizei Des Reichs NCO'S Bayonet Portepee
Item #: VF2533
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The portepee consists of the main components of, strap, slide, stem, crown, and ball.  The portepee has a black ribbed fabric strap with dual, interwoven, staggered, vertical, parallel, rows of decorative silver/aluminum stitching near the outside edges flanking a central, vertical row of staggered red stitching. The strap has a blackened leather slide interwoven with alternating red and silver/aluminum threads creating a horizontal "V" pattern. The strap also has a secondary slide consisting of dual strands of silver/aluminum wire alternating with a single strand of green thread. The strap attaches to a flat stem of finely embroidered silver/aluminum threads in a repeating, opened, checkerboard pattern overlaid on a silvered piece of metal alloy. The crown is constructed of horizontally laid, twisted silver/aluminum and green braiding while the ball is in vertically laid, twisted silver/aluminum and green braiding and both are mounted on an internal wooden base. The ball and crown both have dual, twisted silver/aluminum braid alternating with every third strand being twisted green braid. The bottom of the ball has an oval depression with a green wire insert. Mint condition.
On June 17TH 1936, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler was appointed to the newly created position of Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern, (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior), effectively giving him full control of all police agencies within Germany. As a result of this appointment and the restructuring of all the separate German state police into a single national police force new regulations were instituted in July 1936 to bring about uniformity in dress for all police through-out the country. One of the new uniform regulations was the introduction of standardized edged weapons with corresponding troddels and portepees. The sword/bayonet knots were originally introduced in the Prussian army in 1808, and continued to be worn with the Dress uniform, as a tradition and identifying item through WWI, the Weimar Republic and on into the Third Reich, with minor modifications. Originally designed as a functional item to secure the blade sidearm to the holders wrist the troddels and portepees evolved into a purely decorative accessory.
Price: $150.00 USD (Sale Pending)