Edged weapon Portepees / Seitengewehr Troddel Sword and Bayonet knots were originally introduced in the Prussian army in 1808, and continued to be worn with the Dress uniform as a tradition and identifying item through into the Third Reich era, with minor modifications.
Originally designed as a functional item to secure the blade sidearm to the holders wrist the knots eventually evolved into a purely decorative, traditional edged weapon accessory. For enlisted personnel the main components of, strap, slide, stem, crown, and ball were woven or pleated cotton in different colors representing which unit within a regiment the wearer served. The basic regiment consisted of three Battalions with a Headquarters unit and four Companies each, with two additional Regimental or Headquarters Companies and usually a Reserve and Training Companies. This resulted in a colorful array of bayonet knots within a regiment with twelve or more assorted color combinations.
Introduced in 1939, this example represents the Panzer Anti-Tank company of an infantry regiment and consists of the following main components of, strap, slide, stem, crown, and ball. The dark green, woven rayon blend strap features a central waffle pattern flanked on either side by two interwoven vertical stripes. The strap is inserted through the interwoven red slide and into the top of the interwoven green cotton stem. The crown consists of horizontally laid, twisted red cotton braiding while the ball consists of vertically laid, twisted green cotton and both are mounted on an internal, carved, wooden base. The bottom of the acorn has a recess with an inset piece of green strap. Unissued, still tied together. One couldn't find a nicer example!
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