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  1. In support Bayern's comments this tunic has the enlisted type Bluse liner and the wool is very coarse. Hardly private purchase quality doeskin. Seems like whoever made this tunic for the depot also made enlisted ones. I will reiterate I can find no signs of alteration or modifications.
  2. Chris, This was never an enlisted tunic. I haven't had it off the torso for years and don't remember if it has a solbuch pocket but the tunic was made without any holes for belt ramps. Besides the obvious officer's collar there are also hooks on the skirt. Jeff
  3. Here is a quite rare M15 Officer's bluse. This one is marked "B.A.I." and dated 1917. Shoulder boards are subdued lieutenant's numbered "43". This is not a converted enlisted model but rather one made as an officer's. I understand that officer's in the field did not always have access to private tailors to purchase replacement uniforms but they could purchase one from their Clothing Depot.
  4. Bayerisches 9th Infanterie-Regiment Hauptmann Franz Geßlein’s Bluse
  5. Here is my 3rd Garde Grenadier Regiment tunic. B.A.G. marked and dated 1917.
  6. I have still been unable to find a photograph of KLM officer. Surely, someone has one.
  7. Here are photos of the entire knife. The washer is leather although this is clearly a private purchase piece. I believe the scabbard is original to this knife as the leather handle loop is quite large compared to an average girth of a trench knife handle. The handles are made from horn. It is in very nice condition as can be seen in the photos. The only bayonet detail missing is the cleaning slots in the handle.
  8. I just got this WWI German Ks98 style trench knife bayonet. It has the standard Imperial era blade with a large full size bayonet functional hilt. It is polished steel not nickel plated. I have not ever seen this manufacture's Bull logo. Can anyone shed any light on the manufacturer?
  9. I do not believe Minenwerfer troops had a specific bayonet knot. I would suspect they would wear the knot of the company they were affiliated with.
  10. All, The kSg98 was designated as a "Seitengewehr für Maschinengewehr Schützen". They were introduced in 1901 to coincide with the first five Machinengewehr-Abteilung (GMGA Nr.1 and MGA Nrs.1-4). They were intended for "prestige" units as they followed the pattern of the earlier Hirschfänger M71's distinctive eagle head pommel. The issue bayonets were produced by ERFURT, AMBERG, V.C.SCHILLING, C.G.HAENAL P.D.LÜNESCHLOSS and E&F HÖSTER. The last issue bayonets were made in 1915 (by ERFURT and E&F HÖSTER). Besides Maschinengewehr personnel, they were formally authorized for Colonial Troops, Airmen, Engineers, Communication, and Medical Personal. As noted earlier, private purchase versions of the kS98 and kSg98 were very popular with officers after 1916 when the wearing of swords was discontinued. These bayonets were made in many configurations and their variety seem to be limited only by the price the purchaser was willing to pay. They were also produced with black hilt fittings (black enamel or rust blueing) ostensibly for wear in the field. The most desirable of the lot was the model which actually had a carved eagle head hilt with red jeweled eyes, a cyphered grip and with an etched blade. WRT the nickeled issue bayonet posted by DARON. In my opinion one cannot deduce any Colonial Troop use without the presence of any Regimental Markings related to Colonial Troops. These would be K.S. (most prolific), P.T.K., P.T., S.K., Sch.K., or Sch.D.O.A..
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