A World War Two Lanchester Sub Machine Gun No.1 Mk.1 Bayonet - Admiralty Contract, made by Wilkinson with blackened finish.
The Admiralty ordered 87,000 bayonets with that blackened finish to all the bayonets metal parts, including the blade, for use with the Navy's Lanchester Sub-Machine Guns (SMG) during WW2.
The order for those 87,000 bayonets was placed on 15th October, 1943, and although the Admiralty Contract bayonets are made to the same basic design as the WW1 Pattern 1907 Sword Bayonet, they are distinguishable not just because of their 'blackened' finish, but also by the ricasso markings.
Unlike the original WW1 Wilkinson EMLE P1907 bayonets which were marked with the full ' Wilkinson ' name, these WW2 bayonets are marked with the WW2 maker's code of ' S294 over WSC '. With ' WSC ' standing for Wilkinson Sword Company.
The bayonet and scabbard are in very good condition.
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