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WW1 British / Australian P.1907 Sword Bayonet, No.1 Mk.II Scabbard & ’08 Frog - 1918

WW1 British / Australian P.1907 Sword Bayonet, No.1 Mk.II Scabbard & ’08 Frog - 1918

$375.00
Product code: 37

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A FIRST WORLD WAR BRITISH LEE ENFIELD (PATTERN 1907) BAYONET MANUFACTURED BY VICKERS IN APRIL 1918 AND FITTED WITH A NUMBER 1 MARK II SCABBARD AND WEBBING EQUIPMENT PATTERN 1908 (2nd ISSUE). This Pattern 1907 Sword Bayonet is in excellent original condition and was manufactured in Britain during World War One in April 1918 by a company widely accepted as the finest Pattern 1907 manufacturer; VICKERS and is fitted with a First War version of the Number 1 Mark II Scabbardand a replacement Webbing Equipment Pattern 1903 (2nd Issue) Frog (W.E. Patt.’08 2nd Issue Frog). VICKERS only began producing Pattern 1907 bayonets in early 1917 and as a consequence of their focus on the production of machine guns and heavy armaments had only manufactured 10,000 at the wars end.

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Vickers Manufactured - April 1918 – Museum Quality

A FIRST WORLD WAR BRITISH LEE ENFIELD (PATTERN 1907) BAYONET MANUFACTURED BY VICKERS IN APRIL 1918 AND FITTED WITH A NUMBER 1 MARK II SCABBARD AND WEBBING EQUIPMENT PATTERN 1908 (2nd ISSUE).   This Pattern 1907 Sword Bayonet is in excellent original condition and was manufactured in Britain during World War One in April 1918 by a company widely accepted as the finest Pattern 1907 manufacturer; VICKERS and is fitted with a First War version of the Number 1 Mark II Scabbardand a replacement Webbing Equipment Pattern 1903 (2nd Issue) Frog (W.E. Patt.’08 2nd Issue Frog). VICKERS only began producing Pattern 1907 bayonets in early 1917 and as a consequence of their focus on the production of machine guns and heavy armaments had only manufactured 10,000 at the wars end.

The markings are clearly visible, with the 1907 type mark, VICKERS  makers stamp, trademark and December 1918 (4/18) date stamped at the base of the blade as well as the crown and cypher of HM King George V (GR - Georgius Rex - 1911-1936).  On the other ricasso it also bears the 'broad arrow' Government acceptance mark and the 'X' blade proof mark. It also has a couple of unique ROYAL SMALL ARMS FACTORY (RSAF) - ENFIELD inspector’s marks of a crown over 96 over E (see picture).

The hilt with its characteristic (for Vickers) large clearance hole and mahogany hardwood grips is in very good original condition, as is the 17 inch blade which is in excellent condition and retains much of its original bluing.  The intermediate type, Number 1 Mark II scabbard with its large teardrop frog is serviceable and tight (see picture) and is in very good condition as is the replacement Webbing Equipment Pattern 1903 (2nd Issue) Frog (W.E. Patt.’08 2nd Issue Frog).

With regard to Australian use, Ian D Skennerton in his outstanding reference work ‘Australian Service Bayonets’ writes: ‘The Pattern 1907 sword bayonet was actually not introduced until a year after the Mk III S.M.L.E., in 1908 and some were purchased by Australia shortly afterwards.  Many Australian troops were equipped with British manufactured bayonets and while most were subsequently stamped with Australian ownership marks not all were. At the outbreak of World War Two, Australia acquired a significant quantity of P1907 bayonets from British and Commonwealth stores as British troops were re-equipped with the Rifle No4 (and its spike bayonet) while the Australians retained the SMLE No1 MkIII.  An example, manufactured by SANDERSON BROTHERS & NEUBOLD is held in the collection of the Australian War Memorial as exhibit RELAWM13285.001 and can be viewed online at: http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/RELAWM13285.001 .

This is a First World War bayonet from a highly sought after manufacturer in excellent condition: steel and wood hilt with a round steel press button and internal spring, two piece wood grips, secured by two steel screw bolts, pommel with circular oil hole, steel crossguard with muzzle ring and short quillon.  Single edged steel blade with round fullers, dated 4/18.  A superb photograph of a Digger manning a listening post on the Western Front with a Pattern 1907 bayonets fitted to his rifle is attached for reference. 

Maker: Vickers
Overall Length: 555.0 mm
Blade Length:  435.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  23.0 mm
Scabbard: No.1 Mk II, steel and leather with a large teardrop fixing stud.
Overall length of scabbard:  468.0 mm
Frog: W.E. Patt.’08 2nd Issue Frog

A first rate First World War British Manufactured Pattern 1907 Sword Bayonet from VICKERS in excellent condition.  This bayonet is a cracking example of the seminal WW1 and WW2 British bayonet that was used by British and Commonwealth forces from 1907 until the late 1950’s and beyond.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.0000
Country of Origin Australian, British
Pattern Pattern 1907
Bayonet Type Sword
Maker Vickers
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1918
Overall Length (mm) 555
Blade Length (mm) 435
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 23
Scabbard No.1 Mk II, steel and leather with a large teardrop fixing stud
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 468
Frog W.E. Patt.’08 2nd Issue Frog