Standard joke with the ball tipped No4's is "now to find scabbard" (Ha-ha) This has been got around on this item by using a much smaller ball and modifying the throat of the MkII scabbard to allow it to fit. Original bayonet is one of the Indian Government marked Baird made examples. It is not known when this was done or if it was for a military unit at all but makes an interesting discussion piece.

Victoria Plastics scabbard for No4, this is the riveted version, there is also a version with press stud attachment of the frog

 

Side view of VP scabbard
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Another No4 MkII but this one made by Savage in the USA (1.25 million made so not rare, but the first I'd seen 

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No4 made by the Northern Irish Baird company, the crown over IG is for Indian Government acceptance

 

Baird marking

 

Cancelled serial or is it an Indian serial

thanks to Michael Curran for pointing out the IG mark

No 4 with ball added for flag party. normally chromed this is left in un-plated finish

Long branch made No4 MkII, chromed and used for dress, this one shows wear commensurate with use, unlike many that have pristine chromed finish

 

Markings are visible along with 4 digit weapon number

 

Original frog

No4 chrome plated for parade use, this example has the original Canadian serial crossed out.

Long Branch made No 4 marked by Canada, only about 8000 No4's were kept by the Canadians for training and use in Canada, the markings on these blades are actually rarer than the No4 MkI

UK No4 with Canadian marking on the spike using a vibro pen to mark the C and arrow

Canadian marked No4
No 4 with ball added for flag party. normally chromed this is left in un-plated finish

Long branch made No4 MkII, chromed and used for dress, this one shows wear commensurate with use, unlike many that have pristine chromed finish

 

Markings are visible along with 4 digit weapon number

 

Original frog

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No4 made at time of Korean war, shows the CA mark of the Canadian Arsenal manufacturer