Rare pre-World War One Hooked Quillon bayonet made by Chapman of Sheffield in November 1908 and first issued to the Royal Irish Regiment.
The 429mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was armoury sharpened and is nick free. The blade is bright and clean and is in excellent condition.
The ricasso retains its original blueing and is marked with the crowned cypher of Edward VII over the pattern date 1907 and the date of manufacture 11 ‘08 below which is stamped “J. A. C.” The obverse ricasso bears the War Department broad arrow, bend test stamp and three inspection and acceptance stamps.
The hooked quilloned crosspiece retains its original blueing, as does the steel pommel. There is some mild wear. The pommel is stamped with the regimental markings for the Royal Irish Regiment. This unit marking was cancelled when the bayonet was reissued. The new unit designation is worn but appears to be D. I. over C. Y. C. O. with the weapon number 235. I have not been able to identify these markings. The wooden grip scales are in very good condition and are held firmly in place by the two original screws. The push button locking mechanism is in good condition and the action is crisp.
The bayonet is complete with its No1 Mk ll brown leather scabbard with a teardrop stud. The scabbard is in very good condition with its original blued finish to the locket and chape. The leather and stitching are strong. The leather is faintly stamped with the War Department arrow, an inspection mark and the date ‘13 (1913). The steel locket and chape bear Enfield inspection stamps.
This is an excellent example of the iconic and rare British hooked quillon P1907 bayonet.
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