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Title 1907 Enfield bayonet, with quillon, South Wales Borderers marked
Nationality British
Period c 1912
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This was the classic British bayonet of the early years of WW1; it replaced the 1903 pattern, which had a 12" double-edged blade. This was designed with a 17" blade, 1" of which is missing on this example. In 1915, the quillons were removed for ease of use, and subsequent examples were made without.

The hilt is marked 'SWB' for the South Wales Borderers, with a very faint '1' in front of it (for 1st battalion). The 1st battalion served in France with the British Expeditionary Force in 1914. The 2nd battalion served at Tsingtao, taking it from the Germans in 1914, backed up by Japanese artillery.

The bayonet has the original early pattern brown leather scabbard, which has a 1912 issue stamp. There is also a 1910 issue stamp on the base of the blade, which is also stamped 'Mole' (the maker).

This is priced at less than half that of a good example on account of the shortened blade, but I rather feel that the regimental unit mark makes up for some of this.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Edged Weapons : Bayonets : British : 20th Century]

testimonials

I received the sword and belt this afternoon. Always a bit of a risk buying this sort of thing online but I'm very pleased with the quality of the sword and scabbard...

P R, UK, 28.08.2014

MANY THANKS CHRIS, BUCKLE ARRIVED THIS MORNING, GREAT SERVICE. SUPERB BUCKLE.

M H, UK, 20.02.2008

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