Nice bayonets. I've just got the one, a 1947 Poole made one, though it does have the bonus of an early wartime Wilkinson made scabbard with Wilkinsons S294 dispersal code on it, bayo has probably been reconditioned by the military at some point (I think quite a lot were) as it has a blackened blade, this is probably when it ended up with the S294 scabbard, which itself has probably been reconditioned as it has the later non flush throat.
I think, though once again I can't swear on it, that all the bayonets except the Poole ones were pre 1945 made.
I'm also on the hunt for a No. 5 bayonet in nice condition for my carbine. Prices here in the states are somewhat high. What I have currently is a commercially available reproduction that I had stripped and repainted in a more traditional coating for display purposes. This is what it looked like originally with a gloss finish:
Here's a photo showing it refinished displayed with my No. 5 Enfield, which was also refinished with the same coating:
An original No. 5 has a small hole in the handle just below the release button, the repros do not have this hole. You can see what I'm speaking of if you look at some of the photos posted on this thread and compare those photos to mine. Plus the repro scabbards lacks the throat piece that the originals have.
gday heres my sterling bayonet(right) i got for my jungle carbine, its a excellent bayonet thats well made and fits the rifle perfectly.there is no markings that i can see on this bayonet except a very faint engraving on the blade which says 'sterling'.
Im glad i got it as its a collectable bayonet but i would prefer a nice original jc bayo to go with my rifle
You could try getting an RFI marked one there normally about £75 and made in Pakistan for there armed forces. The ones marked with dispersal codes do command a higher a price. The S as S294 stands for South and N in N187 is North i.e north or south England. I have a mint WSC one to go with my BSA made Jungle Carbine. I do have spare grips if anyone has one with missing or damaged grips.