I have attached a photo of three bayonets in my collection.
One is a sawback, only recently picked up Maker Solingen with scabard that has some rust but original paint. Came from the original owners family.
The one on the other end is a Rossman of Berlin and has had its handle changed. No scabard for this one unfortunately.
The middle one is maker marked "REMSCHEID", and both the blade and scabard have a nickel plating to them.
1) the butcher with handle changed. I recently read that in order to get round the rules during the war governing souvenir collecting of enemy weapons, that by changing the weapon ie the length of blade to make it a trench knife, or just the handle, the owner was allowed to keep it as it was no longer as issued by the enemy. Could this be an exaple of this? The handles wood looks to be period. Or is this another urban myth of the trenches!
2) The nickel plated knife and scabard. Would this have been done post WW1, or were these offered as types of dress sword for officers or awards etc?
Sorry about the photo, I will need to investigate a better camera for posting.