Scarce British Pattern 1907 Lanchester submachine gun bayonet made by the Wilkinson Sword Company. The WWII produced Lanchester SMG takes its name from the Sterling Armaments Company engineer, George Lanchester who reverse engineered a captured German MP28 Mk II to develop the SMG for use in close quarter battle. These submachine guns were mainly issued to the Royal Navy and the Wilkinson Sword Company was tasked with producing the accompanying bayonets.
This presentation bayonet dates to post World War Two and was produced in very limited numbers as a presentation piece. The Lanchester submachine gun was produced between June 1941 and 1945 (the final production contract being in 1943). The Lanchester was withdrawn from service in the late 1960’s.
The 435mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge is factory sharpened. The blade is in mint condition.
The blued ricasso is marked with a decorative Wilkinson Sword Company panel with crossed swords above the initials WSC.
The crosspiece and pommel are in excellent condition and retain their blued finish. The wooden grip scales are in excellent condition and are held firmly in place by the two screws. The push button locking mechanism is in perfect condition and works well.
The bayonet is complete with its black leather scabbard with a round frog stud. The scabbard is in excellent condition. The leather is stamped with the WSC on the top left and a faint ’?8 on the top right. The stitching is intact and strong. The steel locket and chape retain their original blueing. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a mint example of a scarce presentation British Lanchester submachine gun bayonet.
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