Original and early production British No.4 MkI cruciform bayonet for the Lee-Enfield No.4 MkI Rifle. The No4. Mk1 bayonet was only produced from late 1941 and into the early months of 1942. The sole maker was the Singer Manufacturing Co., at their Clydebank plant near Glasgow, Scotland.
This bayonet is in near mint condition. As with all genuine No4. Mk1 cruciform bayonets, the 203mm blade is etched on the top right-hand flute with an electro-pencil, showing the War Department broad arrow, numeral and inspection mark.
The socket block is clearly stamped with King George’s royal cypher, designation and SMC for Singer Manufacturing Company. The obverse of the socket is stamped “JS2” and “N 21152” which is probably the serial number of the rifle that it was issued for. That in itself is rare. The spring mechanism bears the Singer designation and the production date 41, for 1941.
This rare bayonet is complete with its correct No.4 MkI scabbard.
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