Thanks for your kind words but I'm not that well informed - just a legacy of an education that left me with an inquisitive mind
From memory there were a lot of "Solingen bowies" made - weak stick tangs with aluminium bolsters that came loose and nlades with soft steel that won't take or hold a decent edge - but if you can pick one up in Oz for ~$20 with the knife and sheath in good condition then why not? It'll still be better than a lot of the junk being sold today that shops are asking $60+ for.
One thing I am pretty sure about - they were never issued to real Sheriffs
If you're into bayonets as your Avatar suggests I'll PM you links to a bloke with a bayonet obsession who has a huge collection and is also quite knowledgeable about them.
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