British WW2 Naval Contract Lanchester SMG Bayonet
Straight single-fullered spear pointed 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. Khaki canvas frog. Blade 17¼ inches, 22 inches overall.
The ricasso is stamped on one side with a crown with ‘GR’ over 1907 (the pattern) ‘S294’, the wartime manufacturer code assigned to Wilkinson, ‘W S C’ for Wilkinson Sword Company, and ‘7 _4’, indicating the manufacture date of July 1944. On the other side it is stamped with a ‘broad arrow’ War Department stores mark, a crown inspection stamp, an ‘X’ indicating the blade passed a manufacturer’s bending test. The reverse of the frog is inked with lettering including ‘CN / AA / 0996’.
The Lanchester was a British 9mm calibre submachine gun inspired by the German Bergmann, manufactured during the Second World War and primarily used by the Royal Navy. While the Lanchester was compatible with the existing stocks of 1907 pattern bayonets produced for the Lee Enfield No.1 rifle, in 1943 the Admiralty placed an order with Wilkinson for 87,600 new bayonets with a blackened finish on the blade. The bayonets for this contract all carry the ‘S294’ code used by Wilkinson from 1942 and have a different style of marking to older production 1907s.
The blade has been chromed, which partly obscures its markings. Some wear to this chrome finish at the tip and along the edge, with spots of light patination. The scabbard fittings are likewise chromed, this has worn more substantially with patination to the exposed steel, one dent to the chape piece. Some movement to both fittings. Mottled patination to the hilt and pommel. The wood grips are undamaged with only a few small dents. The scabbard leather is good with only minor dents and abrasions to the front side. The frog is good with no loss of stitching.