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    1907 bayonet markings

    Found some markings on this bayonet

    1) RE - Remington. black.
    2) 6 17 - June 1917
    3) WILKINSON - Wilkinson Sword Company.
    4) PALL MALL - scratched out. Not uncommon for Wilkinson to do so during 1916 - 1918.
    5) G.R - Georgius Rex.
    6) X - bending mark, proof of blade.
    7) Broad arrow - government acceptance mark.
    8) N - Naval Service
    9) N.R. - Naval Reserve?
    10) 457 - rifle number?
    11) J.B - J.Brooks & Co Ltd.

    Thats all the markings I can see without destructively cleaning it and I have no intentions to do so. For the rest of the markings in the photo, I am unsure, especially the ones below the broad arrow as it doesn't make any sense to me or look remotely similar to an inspection mark. Maybe someone can try?

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    IMHO and experience in buying them, stampings on the bayonet anywhere except on the blade are indicative of brigade / unit/ rack ' weapon links.
    Nowt to do with the lineage of the blade.

    As for stampings on the scabbard, usually the manufacturer's I.D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi Sapper View Post
    IMHO and experience in buying them, stampings on the bayonet anywhere except on the blade are indicative of brigade / unit/ rack ' weapon links.
    Nowt to do with the lineage of the blade.

    As for stampings on the scabbard, usually the manufacturer's I.D.
    Thanks mate. That last piece of advice could mean this is a Northamptonshire Regiment (NN) Reserve 457 bayonet.

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    Ok, the scabbard is a mismatch to the bayo, the scabbard would most likely originally been on a 1917 bayo for the P14 (hence American manufacture marking).

    Bayo markings you have pretty much correct, except 8,9,10 are weapon/unit/I.d. Markings and not as manufactured to the bayo. It could be a naval reserve Mark but additionally could be anything else... The number would match the rifles rack number it was matched too, as they did not use the rifle assembly number for unit purposes.

 

 

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