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|Pattern 1888||Knife bayonet for use with the .303 caliber M1888 Lee-Metford and Long Lee-Enfield rifles.
This example was made in August 1891 by the Wilkinson Sword Co. of London.
Other than some mild corrosion from having been stored in grease, this example is almost untouched since new. It exhibits no evidence of having been reworked. As the picture at left illustrates, even the 120-year old Wilkinson viewer's marks are still visible in the wooden grip scales.
The scabbard is a Mk. I type. This bayonet came in the Pattern 1915 leather belt frog pictured below.
This example was issued by the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, a militia regiment in the Ottawa area. The crosspiece marking, "PLDG.C.SQ.24" stands for Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, C Squadron, Rifle 24. The PLDG served in the Boer War, the First World War, and the Second World War. The Regiment was a mounted reconnaissance unit, eventually becoming part of the Royal Canadian Armored Corps.
|12.00||305||16.625||422||.655||16.6||Ricasso (left): Crown over "V.R." over "8 '91" over "Wilkinson London:
Ricasso (right): Broad Arrow over "WD" and crown over "49" over "W" (Wilkinson viewer's mark)
Crosspiece (left): "PLDG.C.SQ.24"
Crosspiece (right): "891" struck through
Grip Scales (both): crown over "49" over "W" (Wilkinson viewer's mark)
Scabbard (body): Broad Arrow over "WD"
Scabbard (frog stud): "5D" over "PLDG" over "6"
Scabbard (locket and chape): crown over "B" over "63" (Birmingham viewer's mark)
|Pattern 1915 Belt Frog||Leather belt frog for use with the Pattern 1907 bayonet. This frog could also be used to carry the Pattern 1903 bayonet the Pattern 1888 bayonet. This frog came on the Pattern 1888 bayonet pictured above.
Constructed of brown leather, secured by stitching and copper rivets. Incorporates a strap and large brass roller buckle. This frog was only made 1915–1917.
The frog measures 6.75 in. (171 mm.) long by 2.375 in. (60 mm.) wide.
Carter classified this frog as #187.
|n/a||n/a||n/a||Belt Loop (front): Canadian Broad Arrow acceptance mark, "6" and "22"
Belt Loop (reverse): randomly placed "6" "22" "L" "C"
No. 4 Mk. II
Socket bayonet for use with the caliber .303 Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifle. These saw extensive use during the Second World War and into the 1950s, when the Lee-Enfield was superseded by the 7.62 mm. NATO caliber FN–FAL assault rifle.
This example was made during the Second World War by the Crown Corporation Small Arms Ltd., Long Branch, Ontario, Canada. According to Skennerton, Longbranch made approximately 910,000 bayonets 1942–1944.
This example bears the Canadian Government acceptance mark, indicating use by Canadian Forces.
Socket: Canadian 'broad arrow' acceptance mark over "No 4 Mk II" over a superimposed "LB"
|No. 4 Mk. II||This example is one of a small number of No. 4 Mk. II bayonets, approximately 5,000, made by Canadian Arsenals Ltd., in a special production run during the Korean War.
These were the last No. 4 socket bayonets produced and the only No. 4’s to carry the distinctive Canadian Arsenals Ltd. trademark.
The Canadian Arsenals trademark was adopted in 1947 and replaced the former Longbranch trademark used during the Second World War.
|7.875||200||9.875||251||.595||15.1||Socket (left): "No. 4 Mk. II" and nested "C" "A" (Canadian Arsenals Ltd. logo).|
|Pattern 1951 Belt Frog||Green web belt frog for carrying the No. 4 socket bayonet.
Measures 5.50 in. (140 mm.) long by 1.50 in.(38 mm.) wide.
Carter classified this frog as #190.
|n/a||n/a||n/a||Illegible maker's mark and "1952"|
|C1||Knife bayonet for use on the C1 variant of the 7.62 mm. NATO caliber FN–FAL assault rifle.
The C1 is the L1A2 as manufactured in Canada. The C1 differs from the Australian L1A2 by having the pommel secured to the tang by rivets, where the L1A2 pommel is brazed to the tang. The C1 assembly slot in the pommel is T-shaped, where the L1A2 assembly slot is straight, as shown in this comparison image.
The C1 bayonet was produced 1956-66 by Canadian Arsenals Ltd., Long Branch, Ontario, Canada. The number on the crosspiece face is the part number portion of the NATO Stock Number for bayonets. The scabbard is the No. 5 Mk. I.
The upper portion of the sheet metal grip on this example is pushed in a bit.
|7.75||197||11.625||295||.585||14.9||Ricasso: nested "C" "A" (Canadian Arsenals trademark) and "1957"
Crosspiece (face): "150 3900 C1"
|C1 Nylon Belt Frog||Green nylon web belt frog for carrying the C1 bayonet on Canadian Pattern 1982 Web Equipment.
Although the frog’s design closely mirrored the Pattern 1964 belt frog, this nylon belt frog was used with the Pattern 1982 Web Equipment. The NATO Stock Number is 8465-21-888-7106 and Description: Carrier, Bayonet Scabbard—Holder, Scabbard Bayonet (C1) 82 Web
The frog measures 6.50 in. (165 mm.) long by 2.00 in. (51 mm.) wide.
Carter classified this frog as #487.
|n/a||n/a||n/a||Reverse: illegible marking|
|C7||Bayonet-Knife for use with the 5.56 mm. NATO caliber C7 (M16) assault rifle.
A copy of the U.S. Bayonet-Knife M7, the C7 is unique in having the blade made of stainless steel, rather than the carbon-steel blade of the U.S. M7 and other foreign copies. The scabbard is molded plastic with a frog stud. This example is dated January 1986.
The C7 bayonet was manufactured by Nella Cutlery of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1951 by an Italian immigrant as a mobile knife-sharpening business, Nella has grown into a manufacturer of cutlery and knife sharpening machines; and dealer of commercial food equipment. In 1983, Nella bid the bayonet contract on a whim and landed the $1.7 million deal to produce 70,000 C7 bayonets. The firm is still in business today, serving the Canadian commercial food industry.
The C7 was the standard Canadian bayonet from ca. 1984 until superceded by the CAN Bayonet 2000.
|6.625||168||11.625||295||.880||22.4||Crosspiece: "Nella" and "C7"
Scabbard: "1095-21-897-1467" over "Nella 1/86"
|C7 Nylon Belt Frog||Green nylon web belt frog for carrying the C7 bayonet on Canadian Pattern 1982 Web Equipment.
The C7 bayonet introduced a lightweight plastic scabbard, which made the bayonet top-heavy when carried in the frog attached to the equipment belt. The addition of a hilt strap stabilized the bayonet during movement. The NATO Stock Number is 8465-21-896-8168 and Description: Carrier, Bayonet Scabbard—Carrier, Scabbard Bayonet (C7) 82 Web. This example was made in 2002.
The frog measures 7.75 in. (197 mm.) long by 2.00 in. (51 mm.) wide.
Carter classified this frog as #488.
"Carrier, Bayonet Scabbard
|C7 Tactical Vest Frog||Green nylon web belt frog for carrying the C7 bayonet on the Canadian Forces Tactical Vest (TV). This frog may also be used to carry the C7 bayonet on an equipment belt.
The NATO Stock Number is 8465-21-920-5771 and Description: Carrier, Bayonet Scabbard. The Tactical Vest with which it is used was adopted ca. 2003.
The frog measures 8.75 in. (222 mm.) long by 2.00 in. (51 mm.) wide.
This frog was not classified by Carter.
Bayonet Carrier/Porte Baionnette
Date of Manufacture AT 09/06"
|CAN Bayonet 2000||Knife bayonet for use with the 5.56 mm. NATO caliber C7A2 (M16) assault rifle.
Adopted by Canada ca. 2004, it has a green grip and scabbard, with black web frog for attachment to MOLLE load bearing equipment. The reverse of the scabbard body has a square, white honing pad, impregnated with diamond or sapphire.
The detachable nylon bayonet carrier measures 11.25 in. ( 286 mm.) by 2.375 in. (60 mm.).
The bayonet carrier is designed for use with the MOLLE load-bearing system, variations of which used by Canada (Tactical Vest), the USA, and many other NATO countries. MOLLE = MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment.
This example was produced by Eickhorn-Solingen Ltd. in Germany. Eickhorn-Solingen Ltd. was a subsidiary of the British firm, LBA International. LBA purchased A. Eickhorn GmbH, Solingen (AES) in 2004, following AES' bankruptcy. The quality of materials and standard of manufacture is extremely high, as would be expected of Eickhorn design and manufacturing. This design borrows the crosspiece and pommel of the U.S. M7, mating them with a much more substantial and sophisticated blade.
I was told that this example was an overrun from the Canadian contract. However, I have not been able to substantiate that claim, so identification of this example as Canadian is speculative.
|7.25||184||12.25||311||.870||22.1||Ricasso (left): "Original" over Eickhorn trademark (squirrel) over "Eickhorn" over "Solingen" and "Made in Germany"
Blade (left): "Bayonet 2005"
Grip Flat (left): "Bayonet 2000" "Pat. Pend."
Grip Flat (right): "Germany" and Eickhorn trademark (squirrel)
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