Original British WWI P-1907 Enfield Bayonet By VICKERS with Scabbard - Regiment Marked
Original Item: Only One Available. This is Really, really RARE, like Hens teeth, as they say! This bayonet was manufactured by the famous Machine Gun Manufacturer Vickers LTD, also known as Vickers, Sons & Maxim, and later Vickers-Armstrongs, Ltd. This company designed and manufactured the famous Vickers Machine gun, as well as other small arms, and later got into Aviation. The bayonet is marked VICKERS in full, together with the correct King's Crown G.R. over 1907, together with all the usual acceptance marks and proofs. The bayonet is also stamped 2 and 8 on the ricasso, which may indicate manufacter in 1908.
The bayonet is in very good condition for its age, and the pommel is marked with Regimental Unit Markings:- T / 7.L.D. / 428. Comes complete with correct WW1 issue steel mounted leather scabbard. A VERY RARE British Bayonet maker from WW1.
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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