British First Pattern 1907 Hooked Quillon Bayonet. Sanderson 1908

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Rare pre-World War One Hooked Quillon bayonet made by Sanderson in December 1908 and issued to the 4th Battalion, South Staffordshire regiment. Its issue number was 496. The 4th Battalion was part of the 25th Infantry Division and saw service at the Western Front during World War 1.
The 428mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was service sharpened and has some small nicks. The blade is in very good condition, bright and clean.
The ricasso retains its original blueing and is marked with the pattern date 1907 and the date of manufacture 12 ’08 below which is stamped “Sanderson.”
The obverse ricasso bears the War Department broad arrow, bend test stamp and three inspection and acceptance stamps.
The hooked quillon and muzzle ring retain their original blueing, as does the steel pommel, which is stamped with the regimental markings “4 S. STF” over the number “496.” The wooden grip scales are in good condition with some marks, age related wear and colouration. The scales are held firmly in place by the two original screws. The push button locking mechanism is in good condition and works well.
The bayonet is complete with the correct No1 Mkll dark brown leather scabbard with a teardrop stud. The scabbard is in excellent condition. The locket and chape bear inspection stamps. The stitching is intact and tight and the leather is stamped with the War Department arrow, inspection stamp and date as well as the manufacturer’s initials “HGR” and date.
This is a better than average example of this iconic and rare British bayonet.