British No.5 Blued Jungle Carbine Bayonet. Wilkinson S294
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Rare No.5 Mk1 second production bayonet for the No.5 Mk 1 Lee Enfield carbine. Mk1 early or first production run bayonets had only a single screw through the grip scales and are incredibly rare.
The No.5 rifle had a shorter barrel and was lighter in weight, purposely made for airborne troops in the European theatre of World War II. Despite its initial purpose, the No.5 carbine saw most of its service in post war colonial conflicts such as the Malayan Emergency, earning it the nickname “Jungle Carbine.”
Production of the No.5 bayonet began in March 1944, and finished in December 1947. Four companies were initially contracted to produce the No.5 bayonet.
Wilkinson Sword Company, London made 188,354; Viners Ltd., Sheffield produced 42,000; Radcliffe made 75,000 and Elkington & Co. Ltd., Birmingham produced 10,768. An unknown, but small number were produced post WWII by the Royal Ordnance Factory in Poole, Dorset.
This bayonet was produced by the Wilkinson Sword Company, London.
The 203mm clip-point Bowie blade has a single edge and long single fuller below the rounded spine. The blade has the scarce blued finish and is in excellent condition and retains its factory edge with no additional sharpening. The ricasso is stamped with the WSC mark of the Wilkinson Factory, and Wilkinson’s war-time dispersal code, S294. The obverse ricasso bears a broad arrow stamp, a bend test X and a small crowned inspection stamp.
The wrap around wooden grips are in good used condition and are held tightly in place by two screws. The beaked pommel and cross guard retain their original finish and are in good condition with age and service related marks. The press stud is in perfect working order.
The bayonet is complete with its original Mk II scabbard. The top is stamped with the Vanden Plas factory dispersal code S286. Vanden Plas only produced 20,000 No.5 scabbards. The scabbard retains its original black finish and the bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly.
This is an excellent example of a scarce British Jungle Carbine bayonet with a factory blued blade.