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Etched Dress Bayonet Help Please

Article about: I have the opportunity to bid on this item if worthy of doing so. I can inspect and take better pics if also worthy. It is my opinion this item is a reproduction that came from the same plac

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    I have the opportunity to bid on this item if worthy of doing so. I can inspect and take better pics if also worthy. It is my opinion this item is a reproduction that came from the same place as the luft dagger I posted. I would like to bid if this is a good item. Any opinions are appreciated.
    John

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    You are wise to be cautious. What is apparently before our eyes is one of the rarest etched bayonets of all. The Eickhorn type 3231 Luftwaffe etching of which I believe only two example are known to exist. First issue, poor photos of the etching. When 95% of value is in the etching, you want probably four close up images of the etching taken at angles to catch the light. These photos are inadequate but from what I can see I don't like the chances of this being a genuine Eickhorn. Is the blade even marked Eickhorn? I would ask the seller for better photos if not available, walk away unless you want to chance a very low bid. By the way the little plane is suppose to be a ME108 and on the genuine etching is well defined. The detail in this etching doesn't look good.

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    Hi John..take Heed to Andersons words , and try your best to acquire better close up photos . If this is an auction then the seller should oblige you.

    Panel etches are difficult to view under certain lighting.
    Best Larry
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    I am going to go take some pics for educational purposes since there is a very slim chance, but may save someone else some money in the future. Can you take a look at the Luft dagger I posted please? I will take additional pics of that as well. That probably came from the same estate and is also very likely to be a reproduction.
    John

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    Additional poor quality pics. I even took them myself in poor lighting. Kinda embarrassing, apologies.
    John

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    Yes, not much of an improvement with the photos. But I notice on the "etched Luftwaffe dagger" thread there is one photo of this etching (posted by mistake) that is reasonably sharp. From that one photo I see a "furry edge scroll" which is not the quality seen in other Eickhorn etchings. Photos still are inadequate but from what I can see, it's one I would pass on, unless secured at a very low bid. The other parts, being the scabbard, combat frog (should be a dress one and brown) and sword knot do have some value.

    Here's a photo of a portion from a genuine 3231 etching, from Tom Wittmanns inventory. Notice the clean sharp edges.

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    Last edited by Anderson; 04-17-2018 at 05:24 AM.

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    This bayonet sold last night for $550. plus 15% plus sales tax. No I was not the buyer thanks to your help.
    John

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