Lee Enfield No.5 MK1 Jungle Carbine.
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Hi, Alex !
Thx., for your answer.
Itīs from interest for me, if the scabbard, made by Wilkinson, is an "original" No.5 -one or, does Wilkinson manufactured such pattern sheaths, ( S.294 -marked), for other pattern bayonets, (No. 7, No.9), also ?
Yes, Iīve bought this bayonet.
It really looks good to me and came heavilly greased.
Yes, I have seen similar marked pommels (mine isn't though). The ones I have seen were either S M or possibly S M C (I can't remember exactly now) surrounded by a diamond shape. It might be for Singer and possibly they were subcontracted to make pommels for Poole ROF? I don't recall seeing K S M but I wonder if the 'K' is actually the edge of the diamond shape surrounding the S M? If it's worn it might just leave the < shape in the one place next to the S making it appear like it was once a K, a bit like <SM and if you didn't know about the diamond shape you might presume it was KSM??
by Alex W
Whilst I'm not 100% certain it is my understanding that the S.294 marked scabbards were the ones originally made by Wilkinson for their No.5 bayonets. I'm not sure if they also supplied the other wartime makers (Radcliffe, Elkington & Viners) or if the other makers made or had made my other subcontractors their own scabbards.
I decided to stop being lazy so I've pulled out SKENNERTON's British & Commonwealth Bayonets book.
Wilkinson was only a wartime manufacturer and they are only referred to in the production of No. 5 bayonets and scabbards. Doesn't look like they produced scabbards specifically for the No. 7 or No. 9 but they are all interchangeable so no doubt that Wilkinson scabbards probably ended up on a few No. 7 or No. 9s.
The pommel mark should be SMT within a diamond which is for Scottish Motor Traction Co. who were wartime subcontractors for machining blades and pommels. Apparently excess pommels were put into storage and used post war.
Reibert - Do you mind telling me how much your one cost? If you feel like a trade I've got a nice Australian marked M7 with your name on it
Hi, Alex !
Thx. for the informations !
But, as you know, Iīm lookinī for an Aussie M9 !