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Toby Brayley
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21 hours ago, JMB1943 said:

Hello Toby,

 

What is the marking on the top bayonet?

Too fuzzy for my eyes.

 

Regards,

JMB

 

Sorry I missed this, I have acquired another one since my last post. Interesting earlier naval issue too. RAF 1B 1601. 1909 ground off quillon. No76 on rear of pommel No visible re issue marking. IMG_20190620_172823.jpg.532667dd08171eeba4ca541f15157fd8.jpg

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Toby Brayley

RAF 1C 3641

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1 E 6341

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JMB1943

Toby,

 

Excellent stuff, keep ‘em coming!

Looks like you are cornering the market in these.

 

Regards,

JMB

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elliot#1

Just seen another up for sale online, unusually with the RAF marking on the short side of the pommel. Made by Chapman 2/18.

 

R.A.F.

1

0681

 

Best,

 

Elliot

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JMB1943

Elliot,

 

Thanks, we already have this one listed in the table of post #139, but please keep looking.

 

Regards,

JMB

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elliot#1
28 minutes ago, JMB1943 said:

Elliot,

 

Thanks, we already have this one listed in the table of post #139, but please keep looking.

 

Regards,

JMB

 

Apologies, I did check but was looking for those starting with 0 and didn't see any! I now notice on the table it is just listed as 681.

 

Best,

 

Elliot

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trajan

JMB and all, work and other things has kept me away from GWF for far too long! But great always to see all these extras. I will try to chase up RAF when next in the UK but it really needs one of you UK-based guys to do this - JMB in the USA and me in Turkey... A challenge? 

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RGJDEE

Here’s another one For you JMB.

with Navy Mark to boot.

regards R.

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trajan

Nice one - thanks! 

I did email my old contact at the RAF regiment museum about these but recieved no reply...

 

Julian

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JMB1943

Richard,

 

Thanks for showing this, but you will see that it was already recorded in the table that I posted on May 28.

Interesting that it is also marked for the Royal Navy, and polished within an inch of its life.

I have not seen any new RAF-marked for quite a while, so thanks for keeping your eyes open!

 

Regards,

JMB

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collectorsguide

I recall a number of years ago finding the instructions for the marking of these RAF Bayonets in an ACI. it was either in the Army ACIs or the RAF equivalent .It gave the instructions  for marking this type.If I remember correctly they are post war  Depot markings.Each one refers to a different Depot.The bayonets were re used WW1 Examples. best w, Howard (ACIs = Army Council Instructions)

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JMB1943
9 hours ago, collectorsguide said:

I recall a number of years ago finding the instructions for the marking of these RAF Bayonets in an ACI. it was either in the Army ACIs or the RAF equivalent .It gave the instructions  for marking this type.If I remember correctly they are post war  Depot markings.Each one refers to a different Depot.The bayonets were re used WW1 Examples. best w, Howard (ACIs = Army Council Instructions)

 

Howard,

 

This is a very valuable piece of information, because it gives us a particular type of source document to research.

Trajan had previously contacted the RAF museum at Hendon with a general inquiry, but to no avail.

Many Thanks for this!!!

 

Regards,

JMB

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collectorsguide

I can vouch that the info is correct.I was looking for something else at the time.If I come across it again I'll post the info. best w, Howard

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trajan

Sorry to be so late coming back to this, but as JMB said, this is potentially fantastic information! Sadly, my dad died over 42 years ago but he was an inspector of RAF Maintenance Units and could probably have sorted this one out reasonably fast... 

 

So, when times permits, a search needed for RAF Depots that might have used these letters. I always thought they might be a code of some kind for area commands...

 

Julian

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Nutting
On 21/06/2019 at 11:31, elliot#1 said:

Just seen another up for sale online, unusually with the RAF marking on the short side of the pommel. Made by Chapman 2/18.

 

R.A.F.

1

0681

 

Best,

 

Elliot

 

I just bought that one!  Marked as described. No reissue dates, but appears to have earlier struck-through stamps on the pommel which have been polished into obscurity.

 

Nigel

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