British Lee Enfield 1907 Pattern Bayonet, 1918 Dated by Vickers
Straight single-fullered knife blade, steel hilt with muzzle ring, wood slab grips secured by two screws, steel beaked pommel with large 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) ‘8 18’, indicating the manufacture date to be August 1918, the maker’s mark ‘Vickers’ and logo of a letter ‘V’ within a larger ‘C’ (from Vickers, Crayford, their factory in Kent). On the other side it is stamped with a ‘broad arrow’ War Department stores mark, three crown inspection marks with ‘E’ from Enfield and an ‘X’ indicating that it passed a manufacturer’s bending test. The pommel is stamped with a broad arrow within a circle.
The scabbard is stamped next to the throat staple with a crown inspection mark with an italicised ‘B’ from B.S.A. and on the other side with a maker’s mark that looks like ‘LB’. The scabbard leather is stamped with ‘G.R.17’, a broad arrow, a crown inspection mark and ’17.
Vickers is by far the rarest manufacturer of the 1907 Pattern bayonet, producing around 10,000 out of the almost 5,000,000 examples made in Britain. Production of bayonets at Vickers only commenced in 1917 and was a minor operation compared to their main output of machine guns. Vickers examples are distinct in having an enlarged oil hole.
The blade is clean and has an even blued finish, with some wear in areas of friction when sheathing & drawing, some nicks to its edge. The hilt, pommel and scabbard parts all retain their blued finish, with some wear to the locking button, frog stud and other raised edges. The wood grips have some scratching and one chip next to the screw on one side.