British 1907 Pattern WW1 Bayonet. Wilkinson 1918

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Iconic British WW1 Pattern 1907 bayonet made in 1918 by the Wilkinson Sword company.

The 435mm, blued, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was factory service sharpened. The blade is in great condition and retains its original blued finish. The ricasso is marked with George V crowned royal cypher over the pattern date 1907 and the date of manufacture 6 ’18 below which is stamped Wilkinson Pall Mall. The ricasso bears a second date stamp, ’20 beside an Enfield crowned inspection stamp.

The obverse ricasso is interesting in that it does not bear a Broad Arrow stamp and has a stamp that I am not familiar with - it looks to be the letter “O.” There is a bend test stamp and four Enfield inspection and acceptance stamps.

The crosspiece, muzzle ring and pommel retain their original blued finish and are in excellent condition. The press-stud catch is in perfect working order. The pommel is stamped with the number1402 and has a clearing hole that may have been added post War and would tie in with the additional 1920 date and inspection stamps. The grip scales are in excellent condition. The scales are held firmly in place by two original screws.

The bayonet is complete with the correct late war (1918) leather scabbard with a round frog stud. The scabbard is in good condition. The steel locket and chape retain their original blueing. The locket bears an arrow and EFD stamp. The locket is stamped with the number 203.

This is a good example of the iconic British World War One Enfield rifle bayonet, made by the Wilkinson Sword Company and with a blued blade and some interesting and unusual stamps.