A tricky one to identify. At first glance I'd have thought post-war third pattern (which I'm fairly certain the scabbard is). Unusual to have no markings at all (a wartime one would be expected to have at least the mould number 1-4 on the lower pommel) but as against that, post-war ones have a casting line along the hilt which isn't visible on this one.
So - can't be definitive but I thought at least I'd set the ball rolling......
I agree with Martin, It's a hard one to place but my gut tells me that
this one is a post war piece.
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Since making my first response I've taken a close look at my own wartime 3rd pattern, In addition to the points mentioned, the pommel nut looks wrong and the ribbing on the hilt looks too broad and rounded for wartime manufacture.
It's still unusual to be completely unmarked but if I had to bet on it - I'd say postwar.
it looks a lot like one i bought in a British sporting goods store for 30 pounds, i cant remember the name of the store, but if the black on the grip looks painted, the cross guard is thin and its says only "sheffield england" i might look it up for you for reference. the scabbard should be a bit on the big side, so you should be able to move it around in there. the blade should be thinner the regular ones, it should not be sharpened, and the finish of the blade should be rough(you can use it as a nail file). maybe even see large gaps between the blade and cross guard?
recognize these properties?
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