Sword Bayonets I-P

(last update 06/08/02)

For sorting purposes I have chosen Bayonets with above  12" blades to be classed as "Sword"

(more to come) Note:- click on image for larger version of images

 INDIA, Indonesia IRAQ, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan,  KOREA,  Norway, PakistanPersiaPortugal,

INDIA

State Yataghan, based on the UK 1856

 

has wooden checkered rather than the compressed leather grips of the UK models

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completely devoid of markings

 

 

Crude brazing on tang to pommel joint. Identification is tentative based on quality of the manufacture and the general style of the piece, dimensions are similar to but not identical to the UK Yataghan

UK 1903 in a rare Indian pattern scabbard

 

Scabbard has loops top and bottom to take straps for helve carrier

 

Is the 15 the manufacture date?

 

 

Pommel unit marks indicate bayonet was issued to  Ghurkha Rifle regiment

 

 

1903 Enfield made 1903
Could this be a Mk IV or V, the hilt is a MkIII, the blade a MkII* but the blade is shorter with a false edge

 

Frog is doubled over, to produce a shorter mount

 

 

False edge on shortened blade

 

India 1907 made by RFI in 1919

No1 MkI* with added false edge

 

Ricasso marks

 

 

Added false edge, showing the way the fullers extend through the point of the blade, due to the blade being shortened from 17" to 12.2"

 

P13 bayonet

 

Bayonet has had a false edge ground onto the blade point. Ricasso has the * mark added as per the 1907's

Wilkinson made 1907 in Indian brass mounted scabbard

 

 

Locket and Chape were both Brass made rather than the steel of the normal 1907 scabbard

No 1 Mk I* (UK 1907) marked DP for Drill purpose.
No 1 Mk II
No 1 Mk II made by NWR in 1943
India 1907 made by RFI in 1919

 

crossed out ALL marking on pommel

 

 

Indian inspection marks

 

 

RFI makers mark
RIAF marked 1907, Royal Indian Air Force only existed for a couple of years pre independence and post WWII

Grip markings on RIAF marked 1907 with sold from service mark on pommel, blade cam in WWII made UK scabbard.

INDONESIA

Indonesian used 1907 made by Australia. Scabbard is made from wood and uses the original locket from the 1907 scabbard. The 1907 on the ricasso is interesting but it is not known its significance

IRAQ

Ex UK issued 1907 with Arabic text and new all leather scabbard. This was picked up outside Baghdad by a US trooper.

Any translation of lettering or identification of he button on the strap of the scabbard would be appreciated.

 

IRELAND

A French Gras modified to fit the Vertelli rifle as supplied to the UVF - along with similar bayonets modified to fit the GEW88

 

Rivets have been ground flush after refitting grips after plating

 

 

 

 

Slot shows evidence of having been mounted on a rifle several times and is thought to be a honor guard blade rather than a dress blade

 

St Etienne 1876 manufacture

Ireland Gras hilt.jpg (59174 bytes)Ireland Gras hilt mod.jpg (46555 bytes)Ireland Gras stud mod.jpg (51577 bytes)Gras modified for UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force) for GEW 88 during rebellion 

 

Shaved hilt of Gras

 

 

Lock stud extension to allow blade to lock on weapon other than for which it was originally made.

 

ISRAEL
israeli VZ24.jpg (88408 bytes)Yugoslavian long M1924 used by Israel, has Israel army mark on hilt

 

Yugo BT3 marks

 

Partial Israeli mark on pommel

isralei converted belgian blade.jpg (95878 bytes)isralei marking on belgian blade.jpg (148760 bytes)M1949 Belgian Export 

 

Israeli stamp on Belgian blade 

 

ITALY

 

1891 TS, with unusual transverse lock arrangement on pommel. Bayonet is mounted on barrel and then rotated to lock on stud

 

A rather poor example of an uncommon blade, it shows a lot of damage to the wooden grips

 

Locking mechanism uses press button on pommel end to release lock

 

 

Made by Brescia

 

Bersaglieri volunteer unit  bayonet, only 6000 of these blades were made

 

Looks like the French 1842 with Yataghan blade and steel cross guard

 

 

1854 date

ITALY_M1891_Carcano.jpg (86841 bytes)

M1891 Carcano 

Bayonet made using Carcano blade hilted to suit the SMLE rifles supplied to Italy after WWII, scabbard is UK scabbard with M44 makers marks that has been cut down and an Italian Carcano throat fitted.

 

Hilt modified to fit onto the SMLE rifle

 

JAPAN

Murato 18, missing grips and pommel lock. Still has chrysanthemum  (Mum) on crossguard and makers mark on ricasso. Currently I do not know the meaning of the characters on the pommel

Japan Ariska.jpg (83580 bytes)T30 Arisaka
Japan Ariska markings.jpg (118758 bytes)Unknown maker under Kokura supervision
Japan Ariska .jpg (50182 bytes)

Arisaka

Hoten made Arisaka, has oval washers for screws, 50th series blade

added 30/11/03

Hoten makers mark on ricasso

added 30/11/03

Training bayonet, grips have screws from alternate sides, Identified by Juken 30 as issued to the Tokyo University, the two grip marks and the alternate grip screws gibing the identification

added 30/11/03

only a single screw from each side

added 30/11/03

Late pattern T30 by Jinsen in wooden scabbard. Variation P by Johnson's nomenclature

added 27/7/03

Jinsen Makers mark on ricasso
Wooden scabbard has no throat piece...
Is bound with string to hold separate halves together
and has a square metal chape. Pi character on wooden scabbard is worth note
T30 Arisaka with English names and serials on the pommel and grips. It is though that these may be souvenir marks made after the blade was captured
Makers marks
Pommel serial number
Grips show possibly two names and serial numbers, Rose and ?
ROSE name on the pommel, or is this a unit designation
Training Arisaka, crudely made with very narrow fullers and blunt blade. Cross guard and pommel are only secured with single rivets producing a slack fit.
Training blade has a totally unsharpened blade
Clearly visible are the single rivets holding the pommel and crossguard (poorly)
Almost mint T30 Arisaka made by Tokyo arsenal with a W stamp below the makers symbol, 'W' for the Koishikawa (Tokyo) arsenal
W is clearly seen below the stacked canon ball logo for Tokyo arsenal on ricasso
there is hardly a mark on this blade, post war rework?
Tang serial number indicates that this blade is an early manufactured one, as later blades had a pommel serial.
Late pattern T30 Arisaka
Late pattern T30 Arisaka with rubber scabbard

National Denki (National Electric) makers mark

birds head pommel with straight grips and no quillion
scabbard is made from canvas covered with a rubber coating, this scabbard is damaged so construction is clearly visible
Scabbard has integral frog
Makers markings on ricasso
Square pommel and shaped wrap around grips
Frog on scabbard

 

KOREA

Korean issued French M1842 Bayonet with BEEHIVE mark (Samuel Hopp manufacturer) on ricasso, the Korean identification is tentative based on Janzen

BEEHIVE makers mark

Crown over J could indicate Belgian issue rather than Korean

T30 Arisaka with scabbard modified to attach to US belt webbing.
Makers marks of Tokyo arsenal, small symbol under stacked canon balls is of unknown significance but one similar can be seen on my Chinese Mukden Arisaka
Web frog with wire clip to fit US pattern webbing
reverse of frog

 

NEW ZEALAND

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The least common of the three types of 1875 Snider. This is for the "medium" rifle with the bar on band muzzle ring

 

Kirschbaum makers mark and distinctive crown over AS inspection mark

 

 

Cross guard serial 157, Skennerton reports only 200 of this variation made

 

 

Raised muzzle ring of bar on band, as opposed to the more normal muzzle ring flush with top of hilt for bar on barrel

Dress 1907 all chromed with plastic coated hilt and scabbard, not sure if chroming is NZ or UK

 

 

 

Badge is UK unit

 

 

Pommel is marked NZ for New Zealand issue

 

Dress frog

 

 

 

 

Pommel is unit marked

 

NORWAY

Norway M1859 no stud.jpg (43331 bytes) M1867 (ID by Trond Wikberg)

Norway M1859.jpg (49078 bytes)

M1867 with scabbard (ID by Trond Wikberg)
Norway M1914 Krag Jorgensen.jpg (52610 bytes) M1916 Krag Jorgensen

 

PAKISTAN

"Indian" MkII* bayonet, pommel markings have been indicated to me as being Pakistani, confirmation would be appreciated, I believe it may actually be Arabic but.....

 

PERSIA (IRAN)

22/98
Early Persian contract used ex Czech blades with markings deleted
Makers marks left intact
Czech pommel stamps not removed but you can just see the Persian Crest lightly over striking the 14P Czech mark
Original L frog stud has been removed and  French style strap added. I have another blade with the scabbard having original Czech marks struck out on the L shaped frog
I am unsure as to the relevance of the tang marks and as to whether they are Czech or Persian

Persian 98/22

Scabbard is ex Czech VZ23 which indicates this bayonet is one of the first contract blades

98-22 for Persia
Pommel Markings

 

PORTUGAL

Portugal Guedes.jpg (52672 bytes)

Guedes