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£ 475 Bayonets
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ad ref. GS435A14C
Cheshire, North WestUpdated 9 years ago
Sale typeTrade
Manufactured YearDec 1902
Your referenceED 2268
Recommended UsageCollection item

RARE, 1902 TRIALS PATTERN 1903, Sword Bayonet Dated 1902 By Wilkinson, Regiment Marked '41.D' & 1905 Dated Naval Marked, MK II Naval Pattern Scabbard With Integral Frog. ED 2268

In 1902 Experimental Long and Short bayonets were trialed to succeed the 1888 pattern Bayonets. After the trial period it was decided that, when fixed to rifles, the Short version affected accuracy of fire less than the Longer heavy version. The short bladed version was approved and introduced as the '1903 Pattern' sword bayonet. This is an excellent early trials example of the 1903 pattern Bayonet dated Decenmber 1902. It has a 12 inch clean, fullered, double edged, blade with medial ridge. The ricasso is crisply stamped with Kings Crown, '1903' pattern and '12 '02 date ( Dec 1902). The reverse is stamped by the maker Wilkinson London. The pommel is Regiment marked '41.D'. It has slab wood grips & The bayonet is complete with it's brown leather MK II Naval pattern scabbard with internal chape and integral frog ( see page 183 of British & Commonwealth Bayonets By Skennerton). The leather of the scabbard is crisply marked with Naval 'N' mark, Enfield 'EFD' stamp with War Dept arrow and '05 (1905 date). All leather is and stitching are intact, however the frog is missing 2 of it's rivets on the belt loop these could easily be replaced. The frogs 4 brass rivets at the scabbard throat are present and secure. Price for this rare trials bayonet includes UK delivery. ED 2268


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