This Indian No.1 Mk III* bayonet was made in February 1944 at the Rifle Factory Ishapore. As with many bayonets of this pattern, poor communication between the Government and the producers resulted in the incorrect pattern being stamped on the blades’ ricasso. Pattern markings on Indian bayonets of this period was very hit and miss.
The 305mm single-edged blade has a rounded spine and is un-fullered. The blade terminates in an asymmetrical point with an upper edge measuring 55mm. The blade is in very good condition and has a 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 Mk II pattern designation. The manufacture date of 2 ’44 (February 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 very good condition and retain their original blued finish. The locking catch is in crisp working order. The squared wooden grip scales are in good condition with some age-related marks. 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.
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