Rare Hooked Quillon bayonet made at the Enfield Small Arms Factory in March 1909 and issued to the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Cornwall’s light Infantry. The 1st battalion took part in some of the fiercest fighting during WW1, serving at the Western Front from 1914–1917; Italian Front 1917–1918 and returning to the Western Front in 1918.
This is a rare bayonet. Rarer still is the matching numbered Mk I internal chape scabbard.
The 433mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was armoury sharpened. The blade is bright and clean and is in very good condition with a very small patch of minor tarnish above the fuller on one side.
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 3 ‘09 below which is stamped “EFD.” There are three additional issue dates on the ricasso, 1910, 1913 & 1914, all accompanied by re-issue stamps. 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 “1. CLL.” and the issue number “341.” 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 very rare No1 Mk l leather scabbard with an internal chape and a teardrop frog stud. The Mk I scabbard was only produced for one year, between April 1908 and April 1909.
The scabbard is in very good condition with its original blued finish to the locket. The throat of the locket bears the matching issue number 341. The leather and stitching are strong. The leather is faintly stamped with the War Department arrow and crowned inspection mark. The steel locket bears a crowned Enfield inspection stamp.
This is an extremely rare example of the iconic British hooked quillon P1907 bayonet, unit marked to the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry and with its original issued first pattern No.1 Mk I scabbard.
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