This is a nickel silver, die-struck example, with traces of field grey paint. This is what the German army wore between the middle of the Weimar period to circa 1933, when the new army buckle was introduced.
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My Arisaka arrived at 9.00am. Very prompt delivery and excellent packaging! The blade is superb.. and just what I was after, its in very fine condition and just as you described.. I've referenced it in my copy of Raymond La Bar's book "Bayonets of Japan".
Many thanks, Chris, once again its been a pleasure doing business!
S A, UK, 14.08.2012
...the sword arrived safely today... My son, who shares my interest in antique edged weapons and for whom I bought the sword, is delighted.