It seems that these days much of the militaria collecting action revolves around the online auction houses (for better or for worse we're stuck with it)
As time goes by the nicer examples are getting harder to source and the online sellers offer a quick and easy way to find what you're looking for - and buy it.
The antique malls and militaria fairs do still provide some opportunities to uncover that special item, but the chances are getting that much slimmer all the time.
So how do we prepare ourselves to be a skillful buyer when we don't get the opportunity to actually handle the item, before parting with our hard-earned cash.?
The best trick that I have found so far is that I have become extremely diligent at inspecting the photos, and critically check and analyse even the smallest detail.
This may not be everyones cup of tea but when you are searching for a certain type of item, ensuring that every checkbox is ticked sure helps to sort out the trash.
In some cases this extra attention to detail can pay dividends, by allowing you to identify that special item that has mostly been overlooked by the majority of buyers.
So with that in mind I thought that I would post up a few photos to see just what we can learn from them, and perhaps throw out a few small challenges to the lads ...
I'm looking for any information at all that anyone may care to offer, concerning the important details of the bayonet illustrated, such as pattern, maker, dates & users, etc.
We'll see how we get on .... and remember - its just for fun.!