British 1907 Pattern Grammar School Drill Training Bayonet
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Iconic British WW1 Pattern 1907 bayonet made in 1909 by the Wilkinson Sword company. After service in WW1 the bayonet was blunted and used by a grammar school for drill training. Those boys will have gone on to fight in WW2.
The 421mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was dulled and the point slightly rounded for training purposes. The blade is in good condition. The ricasso retains its original blueing and is marked with the cypher of Edward VII over the pattern date 1907 and the date of manufacture 2 ’09 below which is stamped Wilkinson.
The obverse ricasso bears the War Department broad arrow, bend test stamp and three Enfield inspection and acceptance stamps.
The crosspiece, muzzle ring and pommel retain their original blued finish and are in good condition. The press-stud catch is in perfect working order. The pommel is stamped with “W. N. G. S.” over the weapon number 74. The obverse bears the inverted arrows “sold out of service” mark. The end of the pommel is stamped with “D. P.” denoting “Drill Purpose.” The grip scales have dings and a great patina from age and use.
The bayonet is complete with its 1923 dated leather scabbard with a teardrop frog stud. The scabbard is in excellent condition. The leather is stamped with a a broad arrow, inspection mark and the date ‘23. The steel locket and chape retain their black finish. The throat of the locket is stamped “M. G. C. 25” over the number 301.
This is a good, clean example of a drill purpose bayonet used by a British grammar school in the 1920’s.