Rare pre-World War One Hooked Quillon bayonet made by Robert Mole, Birmingham in January 1910 and issued to the 3rd Battalion, “The Devil’s Own” Connaught Rangers. Its issue number was 515.
At the onset of World War 1, the Connaught Rangers deployed to France for service on the Western Front. Their marching song, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” remains one of the iconic songs of World War 1. The regiment distinguished themselves in the Battle of the Somme, sustaining extremely heavy casualties and winning a Victoria Cross.
The 435mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was service sharpened. The blade is bright with speckled tarnish and shallow pitting.
The ricasso retains much of its original blueing and is marked with a crown and ER (Edwardius Rex) over the pattern date 1907 and the date of manufacture 1 ’10 below which is stamped “Mole.”
The obverse ricasso bears the War Department broad arrow, bend test stamp and three inspection and acceptance stamps.
The hooked quillon and muzzle ring retain most of the blueing, as does the steel pommel, which is stamped with the regimental markings “3 CT” over the number “515.” The wooden grip scales are in good condition with some marks, age related wear and 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 No1 Mkll black leather scabbard with a teardrop stud. The scabbard is in very good condition. The leather and stitching are sound.
This is a better than average example of this iconic and rare British bayonet, unit marked to a famous regiment.