Original British WWI P-1907 Hook Quillon Bayonet by Wilkinson with Regiment Markings & Scabbard - Dated 1909

Item Description

Original Item: One of a Kind. Always so very hard to find, this example is marked WILKINSON for the famous Wilkinson Sword Company.  The ricasso is dated 4 '09 for April of 1909, and is marked with the correct CROWN / ER royal cypher, for King Edward VII, who reigned 1901 to 1910. The ricasso is also smothered in inspector's and Ordnance markings, not only on the blade but the wood grip panels as well. The steel pommel is stamped with 3. S. STF over 369 representing:- 

3rd Battalion, SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT , Infantryman 369

The bayonet comes complete in its original stiff black leather scabbard with steel mounts including the correct "lozenge" shaped frog stud of WWI. Both bayonet and scabbard are in great shape, particularly the blade of this bayonet, which is still bright steel with minimal staining.

Hooked Quillion bayonets are very hard to find, especially with regiment Markings! In great condition, ready to display!

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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