Identifying unknown fighting knife

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Identifying unknown fighting knife

Post by unclewoo » 01 Apr 2021 20:43

Hi: I have a WW II collection of edged weapons I have been working on for around 60 years. I have one that has stumped me and my friends for decades. It is a theater made fighting knife with unknown symbology on the scabbard. I would like to know to what country or group I can trace that symbology. The blade is clearly a cut down German K98K bayonet made by Herder in Solingen. The guard is brass and crudely done. The stacked leather grip is actually well done. The scabbard looks to also be German and has been reworked with the applied symbology. If anyone out there has any ideas, please let me know.
Bob
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Re: Identifying unknown fighting knife

Post by danebrog » 03 Apr 2021 22:12

The "upper" symbol is undobtely a Cross of Lorraine....

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Re: Identifying unknown fighting knife

Post by unclewoo » 03 Apr 2021 22:26

Thanks. That makes perfect sense as the Cross of Lorraine was the symbol of the Free French during WW II. This was probably made by the French Resistance and the V is for victory. This is awesome news after all these years of wondering.
Bob

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