Item:
ONJR23RNJ098

Original British WWI P-1907 Enfield Bayonet by Vickers with No. I Mk. II Scabbard - Dated 1918

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a standard British WWI P-1907 bayonet, which is marked VICKERS on the ricasso, together with the correct King's Crown G.R. (very faint) over 1907, together with all the usual acceptance marks and proofs. The bayonet is also stamped 12 and '18, indicating manufacture in December of 1918. This bayonet was most likely issued during late WWI to British forces.

The bayonet comes with its correct No. I Mk. II Scabbard, with steel fittings and the correct later pattern round style frog stud. It has the correct three rivets to attach the throat springs, and has an inspection stamp on the stud side of the throat, though paint makes it hard to see.

Condition is very good, though the bayonet definitely does show wear. The blade has been sharpened several times, and is currently somewhat sharp. The scabbard also shows wear, and had the fittings painted over at one point, which is now partly worn away.

A very nice British P-1907 bayonet with scabbard, ready to display or fit to your WWI SMLE rifle!

Specifications:

Blade Length: 17"
Blade Style: Single Edge with Fuller
Overall length:21 3/4"
Crossguard: 2 1/2”
Scabbard Length: 17 1/2"

History of the P-1907 Bayonet

The British "Pattern of 1907" Bayonet was developed for the No.1 MkIII Enfield rifle, often called the SHT.LE, SMLE, S.M.L.E., "Smelly" etc. The P-1907 replaced the earlier P-1903 bayonet, which was a double edged bayonet based on the P-1888 bayonet of the Lee-Metford rifle. The P-1903 had been developed for the "Long" Magazine Lee-Enfield, which was 49.6 inches in overall length. With the introduction of the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield in 1904, the 12 inch bayonet was no longer considered long enough for the 44.6 inch SMLE, so the 17 inch bladed 1907 was developed.

In it's original form, the P-1907 had a hooked guard (quillon), which was then removed from the pattern in early WWI due to the questionable use and increased production time. Unlike the 1903, the 1907 had a single edged blade that was less wide, but made of thicker stock.

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