British Lee Enfield 1907 Pattern Bayonet, 1909 Dated by Wilkinson
Straight single-fullered knife blade, steel hilt with muzzle ring, wood slab grips secured by two screws, steel beaked pommel with oil hole and locking button. Black leather No. 1 Mk 2 scabbard with steel locket & circular frog stud and steel chape piece.
The ricasso is stamped on one side with a crown over ‘GR’, 1907 (the pattern) ‘10 ‘09’, indicating the manufacture date of October 1909, the issue stamps ’35, ’37 and ’39, three crown inspection marks with ‘E’ from Enfield and the maker’s mark ‘Wilkinson’. On the other side it is stamped with a ‘broad arrow’ War Department stores mark, four further crown inspection marks, the issue stamp ‘24 and an ‘X’ indicating that it passed a manufacturer’s bending test. One wood grip slab is stamped with a crown inspection mark between the screws. The pommel is stamped with ‘9’ and ‘1’.
This example would have originally been manufactured with a hooked quillon, a feature that was eliminated for 1907 Pattern bayonets made after October 1913. A number of older bayonets subsequently had the quillon removed during routine repair, and close up one can see where the hilt has been ground and refinished. The clearance hole in the pommel would also have been added at this time.
The blade is clean and has an even finish, some small nicks to the edge. The hilt and pommel have a bright finish – the inner rim of the muzzle ring is painted black. The scabbard parts have patination and light pitting, some denting to the chape piece.