I am looking at getting some Polish 6H3 type bayonets and have found what looks like 4 different color styles;
Very dark with red flecks
They are all matching serial numbers with hangers, straps, insulators and proof marks. In good to very good condition.
What I'd like to know is if one color is more desirable/valuable than the other and what the current market value is?
Of course, I want to buy one of each, I just need a little educated influence!
I don't have pics at the moment.
Last edited by Mr. B.; 03-19-2017 at 04:38 PM.
hanger and strap variations also on these, stitching vs rivets
Condition is usually the hardest thing to find with these bayonets. There was a guy whom was selling a few on GB.C about a year ago from Poland. He had some pretty decent ones and I got a very nice mottled-brown gripped one from a friend whom bought three or four from him. The black with red flecks grip may be a bit harder to find in condition because of being the earliest pattern and thus often subjected to the longest service use. I have a nice example but the serial numbers were removed (probably prior to selling/donating to a "client state" of the Warsaw Pact.
Look at pictures closely. The same guy on Gunbroker also has the same ones on ebay. i have a pretty nice one from him but I wish I would have paid better attention.
I would get the one in the best condition you can find. The darker grip I "think" is the more rare because I "think" it is the earliest one. I don't know this for sure.
Would you prefer a nicer condition one to a matching numbers one if they were the same price?
I am not sure where you found the pictures of the solid orange Polish 6H3. The same collector from Germany also has a similar East German, (DDR),6X3 version. Supposedly these were made up as a "test" or prototype version using a new phenol formaldehyde resin similar to Bakelite for the grip panels. I believe that this is the natural color of the materials used in molding these grips. For testing I suspect that no dyes were added for color as in the standard production items. I suspect they were produced either in Poland or EG. Only the Polish one appears to be marked with the Polish arsenal mark. The DDR one appears to be unmarked. It is also possible that both countries experimented with the new materials separately. M.
Last edited by Mr. B.; 03-20-2017 at 03:31 PM.
The Polish one pictured above does have matching serial numbers on the cross guard and scabbard, 1013. Whether this means 1013 plus made or 13 plus starting at 1000? Regardless I would expect small numbers made for testing and maybe fewer still surviving. I believe they would be extremely rare to find. The East German one also seems to be numbered inside the mounting groove inside the top of the pommel, but it is illegible. Except for these two samples, I have never seen any others even in the reference books. Note: the polish one #1013 appears in several references, but it's the same one! M
Too many legit examples to get hung up on crap. Buy a real one.
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