Rare pre-World War One Hooked Quillon bayonet made by The Enfield Small Arms factory in October 1910. The bayonet is unit marked for the 6th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment. The 6th Battalion served on the Western Front from July 1915 until disbanded in May 1918, when, as a result of heavy losses, the men were folded into the 1st Battalion of the Hertfordshire Regiment. Lieutenant Frederick William Hedges of the 6th Battalion was awarded the Victoria Cross.
The 433mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was service sharpened. The blade is in excellent condition.
The ricasso is marked with the Georgian crown over the pattern date 1907 and the date of manufacture 10 ’10 (October 1910) below which is faintly stamped “EFD.” The maker’s mark is over-stamped by a re-issue date, 1914 and an Enfield stamp. A third issue date for 1912 is stamped on the side of the ricasso along with another Enfield inspectors/re-issue stamp.
The obverse ricasso bears the War Department broad arrow, bend test stamp and three Enfield inspection stamps.
The hooked quillon cross guard, muzzle ring and pommel are in good condition with a crisp working press stud and locking mechanism. The wooden grip scales are in good condition with age related wear and staining. The scales are held firmly in place by the two original screws. The pommel bears the cancelled unit marks of the Irish Guards. Below this is the unit designation for the 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, 1st Company, weapon number 323.
The bayonet is complete with its No.1 Mkll leather scabbard with a teardrop stud. The scabbard is in very good condition. The leather and stitching are sound and the leather is stamped with the War Department arrow, EFD maker’s mark and inspection stamp. The steel locket and chape bear arrows and EFD stamps.
This is a very good example of this iconic and rare British bayonet.
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