Production on the #5 didn't start until 1944 and ended in 1947. Reibert, check out worldbayonets.com-The Collector's Edge: Online Bayonet Reference and you will see that your bayonet does not match the early bayonets. I believe that yours was produced after 1944. I'm not sure when they made the changes in 1945. It could still be WWII era, I just don't know enough about these. Not sure on a price, I know the #5 bayos are rare here in the states.
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"WSC" is Wilkinson Sword Co.-all their production was war time, remembering the No.5 rifle was intended for jungle warfare in the Far East-last Wilkinson contract was let in March 1945. Postwar production was by ROF Poole.
Is the frog wartime or repro ?
Does it compare to such pattern bayo ?
Whatīs about the value of my bayonet in itīs condition ?
Thx. in advance,
You'd expect to see the lightweight Pattern 44 frog being used rather than a Pattern 37 dated 1943-value I don't know-as you said, it's pitted and has been scrubbed clean, so it will only be a fraction of a good one-Wilkinson made 183,000 of them, the most common of the war made bayos.
It's got an Enfield stamp on the crossguard, it's not something I've come across before on a No.5. I wonder if it's been reworked or inspected or something by the RSAF at some stage in its life?
Royal Small Arms Factory-Enfield-another common abbreviation is ROF: Royal Ordinance Factory. like ROF Poole.
PS-usually repro webbing equipment is much softer and more flexible than actual service stuff, which was made to last under harsh conditions.
See here for details on P37 stuff Pattern 1937 Web Equipment
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