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WW2 German / Czech Mauser Gewehr 33/40 (Vz24) Knife Bayonet & Scabbard – dot 42 Code

WW2 German / Czech Mauser Gewehr 33/40 (Vz24) Knife Bayonet & Scabbard – dot 42 Code

$495.00
Product code: 36

Availability: SOLD

Quick Overview:

This bayonet is in excellent near mint condition and is characteristically heavily blued overall.  The pommel has the typical T/O mortice and two Waffenampt (Weapon Office) inspection marks on the reverse upper face. The wood grips are secured with slotted screw bolts while the crossguard is fixed with two small domed rivets.  The bayonet has no muzzle ring, a significant difference from the Czech Vz24 variant.  The blued single edged fullered steel blade is stamped on the obverse ricasso with the manufacturers code ‘dot’ indicating that it was produced at Brno by Waffenwerke Brünn AG.  The scabbard ‘dot 42’ indicating it was produced at the same factory in 1942.  The frogstud is also Waffenampt marked.

Details

Manufactured by Waffenwerke Brünn AG in Brno in 1942 to equip Wehrmacht Heer (Army) and SS Gebirgsjäger (Mountain Troops)

A MUSEUM QUALITY GEWEHR 33/40 (VZ24) KNIFE BAYONET AND SCABBARD, CZECH MANUFACTURED IN 1942 UNDER GERMAN OCUPATION BY WAFFENWERKE BRÜNN IN BRNO TO EQUIP WEHRMACHT HEER (ARMY) AND SS GEBIRGSJÄGER (MOUNTAIN TROOPS) AND CORRECTLY MARKED WITH WAFFENAMPT STAMPS AND THE FACTORY CODE AND DATE DOT 42. This bayonet, is a very good example of the type designated ‘CZECH M1924 WARTIME PRODUCTION KNIFE BAYONET’ in J.A. Maddox's excellent reference ‘Collecting Bayonets’ published in 2005.  During the interwar years, a number of European countries were manufacturing Mauser Gewehr 98 variants on German machinery they had acquired as war reparations following the end of World War 1.  Following the annexation of Czechoslovakia into the ‘Greater Reich’ in 1938 the Czech armaments factory at Brno became Waffenwerke Brünn AG and began to produce Vz24 rifles and bayonets to German Wehrmacht specification.  This German / Czech Gewehr 33/40 (Vz24) M1924 Bayonet is a ‘museum quality’ example of one of those manufactured in 1942.

As Martin J. Brayley, in his excellent reference ‘An Illustrated History of Bayonets’ describes; ‘the German-issue VZ24 differed from the original Czech model in having no muzzle ring and being heavily blued overall.  German inspection stamps (Waffenampt) were applied along with the standard “dot” three-letter code for Waffenwerke Brünn AG’.  These weapons were utilized by Wehrmacht Heer (Army) and SS Gebirgsjäger (Mountain Troops).  Attached to this listing are two WW2 photographs; the first shows a Wehrmacht Heer Gebirgsjäger carrying a G33/40 leaping across a crevasse while the second shows an SS Gebirgsjäger leading a mule with a German / Czech Gewehr 33/40 (Vz24) M1924 Bayonet attached to his belt harness.

This bayonet is in excellent near mint condition and is characteristically heavily blued overall.  The pommel has the typical T/O mortice and two Waffenampt (Weapon Office) inspection marks on the reverse upper face. The wood grips are secured with slotted screw bolts while the crossguard is fixed with two small domed rivets.  The bayonet has no muzzle ring, a significant difference from the Czech Vz24 variant.  The blued single edged fullered steel blade is stamped on the obverse ricasso with the manufacturers code ‘dot’ indicating that it was produced at Brno by Waffenwerke Brünn AG.  The scabbard ‘dot 42’ indicating it was produced at the same factory in 1942.  The frogstud is also Waffenampt marked.

Type: M.1924
Overall Length: 434.0 mm
Blade Length:  300.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  25.0 mm
Scabbard: M1924
Overall length of scabbard:  310.0 mm

From Australia, a rare German / Czech Gewehr 33/40 (Vz24) M1924 Bayonet in near mint condition. A rare and interesting bayonet with a really interesting provenance that was used by elite Gebirgsjäger (Mountain Troops).  Very few of these ‘dot’ marked M1924’s ever appear on the market and this is the first I have seen for some time.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.0000
Country of Origin German, Other
Pattern M1924
Bayonet Type Knife
Maker Waffenwerke Brünn
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1942
Overall Length (mm) 434
Blade Length (mm) 300
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 25
Scabbard M1924
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 310
Frog No