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WWII German Choice Short Dress Bayonet by E&F Hörster Possibly for Postal Protection- Choice Short Dress Bayonet by E&F Hörster Possibly for Postal Protection-This example was purchased as part of a very small dagger collection. The hilt fittings are nice and bright, having beautiful nickel plating, grading 99%. The surfaces exhibit faint surface scratches here and there. The edges remain crisp. The mortise button is fully functional. The rifle slot is complete with the original red felt buffer, showing a couple of moth tracks. The black checkered bakelite grip plates are mint. They are mounted to the tang via two nickel plated rivets with obverse dressed heads. The blade measures 7.5” in overall length and is the style having a narrow fuller with stepped end. The heavy nickel plating grades 100% with crisp edges and tip. The obverse ricasso is etched with the famous Horster logo, consisting of double oval circles trapping the company name and location E. & F. Horster / Solingen. Inside is the large H with the smaller HS having the piercing sword. A small thin light brown leather washer is intact. The blade grades mint. A BEAUTY here! The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original black factory paint grades 98% with minor wear at the tip area. Being conservative here! There is a black patent leather frog being in strong excellent condition. It is a quality example with age lines throughout. There is a split to the area running from the bayonet mounting lug to the top edge. Now for the best part! Attached to the reverse lower portion of the frog is a black metal plate affixed to the leather via four small rivets, with the very top marked D.R.P. The D.R.P. either stands for German Reichspost or German Patent Protection. Either way it's a fine example in strong excellent condition!