British pattern 1907 bayonet made in 1910 at the Enfield Small Arms Factory, London. The bayonet would originally have had a hooked quillon and no clearing hole in the pommel. The hooked quillon was removed in 1914 and the clearing hole was drilled in 1916.
The 430mm single-edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was factory sharpened. The blade is in excellent condition and retains its fighting edge. The ricasso retains its blued finish.
The ricasso is marked with a crown and E.R. (Edward VII), the pattern date 1907 above the date of manufacture 7 ’10 (July 1910). The Enfield factory mark, EFD, is stamped at the base of the ricasso.
The ricasso also bears two additional date stamps, 1911 and 1914. The latter being the date that the hooked quillon was removed. The official approval date for the removal of the hooked quillon from the P1907 bayonet was 29th October, 1913.
The obverse ricasso bears the War Department Broad Arrow and two bend test marks along with a further two dates, 1916, the date of the addition of a clearing hole in the pommel (official approval date for this modification was 1916), and 1924. It would appear that the bayonet was refurbished in 1924 after service in WW1. The second bend test X would have been added at this time to certify that the bayonet was still fit for purpose.
The crosspiece, muzzle ring and pommel retain their blued finish and are in excellent condition. The press-stud catch is in perfect working order and the grip scales are in worn condition with a small chip in one scale and marks consistent with use.
The bayonet is complete with its black leather scabbard with a teardrop frog stud. The steel locket and chape retain their original black finish. The stitching is intact and strong and the bayonet is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a great example of an Enfield made P1907 bayonet. A perfect collector’s example as it bears the dated modifications the pattern underwent.
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