sword bayonet for Short Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle (SMLE Mark 3) & Pattern 1907, third type
Pommel form: beaked with rounded end housing deep and broad T-shaped attachment slot. A press stud, on left side, operates a locking catch via an internal coiled spring. Back of pommel flat and straight with a short gently chamfered section near grips, underside well rounded. Small circular, transversely drilled, cleaning hole. Pommel meets grips at right angle.
Grips form: two-piece wood retained by two screw bolts with slotted nuts. Slightly convex grips with rounded and straight back, underside rounded and well-shaped to hand.
Crossguard form: lower guard is formed into a simple tapered short straight crosspiece which extends approximately 19 mm below blade. Upper guard formed into full muzzle ring.
Blade form: slim, single-edged, tapering very slightly to prow point, fullered. Blade back well rounded for strength.
Hilt finish (including ricasso): blued.
Blade finish: pakerised
inscription stamped pommel (right side) (unit marks, in four lines) S.R. R.E. 101.CO. 83
mark stamped tang (underside) mark approximating to an underlined "u"
mark stamped blade (left ricasso) crown//1907//22//obscured overlying inspection marks/6 15//EFD
mark stamped blade (right ricasso) broad arrow//obscured and indistinct inspection marks//broad arrow over EFD and 36//X