Rare pre-World War One Hooked Quillon bayonet made by Sanderson of Sheffield in April 1909 and issued to the Border Regiment. Its issue number was 290. Five men of the Border Regiment were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War.
The 432mm, 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 4 ‘09 below which is stamped “Sanderson.” 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 “B. R. R.” and the issue number “290.” 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 leather scabbard with a teardrop stud. The scabbard is in very good condition with most of its original blued finish to the locket and chape. The leather and stitching are strong. The leather is stamped with the War Department arrow, the letters A C, an inspection mark and the date ‘10 (1910). The steel locket and chape bear crowned inspection stamps.
This is an excellent example of the iconic and rare British hooked quillon P1907 bayonet, unit marked to a British Line Infantry regiment that won five Victoria Crosses during World War One.
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