Iconic British WW1 Pattern 1907 bayonet made in 1917 by the Wilkinson Sword company.
The 435mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was service sharpened. The blade is in excellent condition, bright and without rust or damage.
The ricasso retains much of its original blueing and is marked with a crown and GR (Georgius Rex) for King George V, over the pattern date 1907 and the date of manufacture 11 ’17 below which is faintly stamped “Wilkinson.”
The obverse ricasso bears the War Department broad arrow, bend test stamp and two inspection and acceptance stamps.
The crosspiece and muzzle ring retain their original blueing, as does the steel pommel. The wooden grip scales are in good condition with some marks and age related 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, late WW1 black leather scabbard with a round frog stud. The scabbard is in excellent condition. The leather is stamped with the War Department broad arrow and the stitching is intact and strong. The steel locket and chape retain their original blueing and are stamped with “W.J.H” over the letter “B.”
This is a better than average example of the iconic British World War One Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) bayonet.