This Indian No.1 Mk III pattern bayonet was made during WW2 at the Rifle Factory Ishapore in November 1943. As with many bayonets of this pattern, the incorrect pattern number is stamped on the blades’ ricasso. The No.1 Mk II and Mk III bayonets had almost identical blades, differing only in the shape of the tang. The parallel tang and squared grip scales were unique to the Mk III. The Mk II shared the same grip as the 1907 pattern bayonet and has a contoured tang.
The 305mm single-edged blade has a rounded spine and is un-fullered. The blade terminates in an asymmetrical point. The blade is in good condition with some use related nicks to its service sharpened edge.
The ricasso is stamped with the Royal cypher of King George VI, Emperor of India, a crowned G.R.I, over the incorrect pattern designation. The manufacture date of ‘11 ’43 (September 1944) is stamped above the maker’s mark. R. F. I. The obverse ricasso bears three inspection/acceptance stamps.
The cross-piece, muzzle ring and distinctive squared pommel are in good condition. The pommel is stamped with the issue number 205. The locking catch is in crisp working order. The squared wooden grip scales are in good condition with some age-related marks and colouration. The scales are fixed firmly to the parallel tang with two screws.
The bayonet is complete with its shortened No.1 black leather scabbard with blued steel locket and chape. The scabbard is in very good condition. The leather is strong and the stitching is intact. The steel locket and chape retain their original finish. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a good example of a scarce Indian WW2 bayonet.
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