Indian No.1 Mk II* Bayonet. North Western Railways

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This Indian No.1 Mk II* pattern bayonet was made after WW2 at the North Western Railways factory. Unlike earlier No.1 Mk II* bayonets, it was new made as opposed to being a re-worked earlier bayonet.

The 305mm single-edged blade has a rounded spine and upper false edge. The un-fullered blade terminates in an asymmetrical spear point. The blade is in excellent condition with its original blackened finish and factory edge.

The ricasso is stamped with the maker’s mark. N.W.R. over the numeral 4. Two incised lines above the maker’s mark are the pattern designation, Mk II.  Often the pattern designation on the blade of Indian bayonets does not conform to the actual form of the bayonet itself. In this case, the upper false edge makes this bayonet a Mk II* but the designation appears to be Mk II.

The cross-piece, muzzle ring and bird-beak pommel are in excellent condition and retain their original blued finish. The locking catch is in crisp working order. The pommel is stamped with the number 223, which is probably an inspector’s mark. The wooden grip scales are in excellent condition. The left-hand scale is stamped with and inspection/factory mark. The scales are held firmly in place with two blued screws.

The bayonet is complete with its leather scabbard with steel locket and chape. The scabbard is in very good condition. The leather is strong and the stitching is intact. Tye leather is stamped with the date 1957 and the maker’s details along with the number 35. The steel locket and chape retain their original finish and are stamped with maker’s marks. The throat of the locket is stamped with the number 35. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.

This is an excellent example of an Indian No.1 Mk II* bayonet.