The scarce British No.7 Mk1 Land Service bayonet was used with the Sten Mk V sub machine gun. Originally, these bayonets were intended for use with the Lee Enfield No.4 rifle but due to concerns about the fit, were only issued with this rifle for parade purposes.
The No7 Mk 1 Land service bayonet was designed in 1944 and a total of only 330,000 were produced. The design was perfected by the Wilkinson Sword Co., who produced 1,000 bayonets in 1944 and subsequent production was carried out by four others makers from 1945 until 1948.
The bayonet’s innovative design with its unique swiveling pommel allowed it to be both bayonet and fighting knife with deep finger grooves in the hilt which is made of resin impregnated cloth called Paxolin.
The 207mm clip point blade has a deep single fuller on both sides, is in excellent condition, retaining its original darkened finish. The ricasso is stamped with the bayonet’s designation “No.7 Mk 1/L.” The obverse ricasso is stamped with the makers mark of the Poole factory and a production date of 1948.
The swivel pommel is in perfect working order and retains its original black finish. The Paxolin grips are in excellent condition.
The bayonet is complete with its No.5 Mk I scabbard in very good condition. The frog stud of the scabbard is stamped with a faint Poole factory mark.
This is a scarce and highly collectable British bayonet in great condition.