Iconic British WW1 Pattern 1907 bayonet made in 1918 by the Wilkinson Sword company. The bayonet is marked to the Brighton College Officer Training Corps.
The 434mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was service sharpened and the blade retains its original point, indicating that while this bayonet was issued to an officer training corps, it was not downgraded to drill purpose. The blade is in very good condition. The ricasso retains its original blueing and is marked with a Georgian crown over the pattern date 1907 and the date of manufacture 11 ’18 below which is stamped Wilkinson. These stamps are over stamped with additional issue dates, 1924, 1928, 1934 and 1938 along with Enfield reissue stamps.
The obverse ricasso bears the War Department broad arrow, bend test stamp and three Enfield inspection, acceptance and issue stamps. An additional issue date of 1927 is also present.
The crosspiece, muzzle ring and pommel retain their original blued finish and are in very good condition. The press-stud catch is in perfect working order. The pommel has a clearing hole which was probably added post production prior to its first re-issue in 1924. The pommel is stamped with “B. T. N. O. T. C.,” over the issue number 32. The grip scales are in good condition and are stamped with a crowned Enfield inspection mark. The right-hand (facing) scale is also stamped with the issue number 32. The scales are held firmly in place by two original screws.
The bayonet is complete with its 1917 dated leather scabbard with a teardrop frog stud. The scabbard is in good condition. The leather is stamped with a broad arrow and inspection stamp along with HGR 17.
This is a good example of the iconic British World War One Enfield rifle bayonet, made by the Wilkinson Sword Company and issued post WW1 to a the Brighton officer training corps.
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