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My new trench knife

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    I picked up this trench knife this week (off of e-bay of all places). There are no maker marks. It has a large stag handle with a recurved cross guard. The pommel has an Imperial German eagle emblem (look like an imperial button to me). The metal scabbard is in good shape with a brown leather belt loop and buckled handle strap. What do you guys thinks? Is it a period item, I never seen a buckle-loop strap before.
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    I think it could be period, or made between the wars as a
    commemorative piece. It sure is a nice one !

    Never seen a buckled strap before either....
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Georg, in my opion, commercial hunting knife and scabbard,( this type of buckled scabbard has been noted on wartime pieces) from WW1 period, that found itself in use in the trenches, it is either staghorn or composite material and lends a certain quality to the piece. However the strenght of the blade especially where the ricasso becomes the tang is doubtfull. The "button" is an NCO rank collar button, and will be either 25mm or 30mm (Gefreiter or Sergeant). It is an extremly good looking piece, and very desirable, nice find !
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    Thanks for all of your input, I think that it will fit in nicely with my WW1 imperial fighting knife collection ( I know that the HJ knife does not fit in, but I am holding it for my grand-sonís first German knife-per his mom I will have to wait a few years to give it to him).
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    Georg,
    You have a great collection of fighters. Besides Imperial Iron crosses, I also have a love
    of fighting knives BUT somehow I have never been at the right place or the right time
    to find one that I can afford. I particularly like the style that you show 2nd from the bottom,
    just above the HJ knife.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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