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1919 Dated P. 1907 bayonets


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According to the Good Book by Skennerton, the last delivery of P.1907 bayonets by Wilkinson occurred in the w/e March 15, 1919.

They were turning out 17,000 per week by mid-1917, so maybe production was dropped to 1,000-10,000 per week after the Armistice.

Possibly 8,000-80,000 were produced from Jan 1 to Mar 15, 1919.

Despite having seen photos of hundreds of P'07's for sale, I have yet to come across one dated for 1919.

A few for 11 '18 and even a couple of 12 '18, but nothing dated later.

I can well understand that any '19 dated bayonets would have gone straight into stores, rather than being issued, as the armed forces fell back to peace-time establishments.

Were they all scrubbed for sale to non-english speaking nations (Egypt, Iraq, etc) ?

Finally, has anybody ever seen one ?

 

Regards,

JMB

edit: I know that BSA scrubbed 10,000 'ex-service models' (Skennerton) P.'07's for sale to Siam.

 

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I assume you are just interested in Wilkinson? I believe I have a 1919 dated Lithgow somewhere.

Chris

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Hello Chris,

Yes, just the WILKS.

Regards,

JMB

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My guess would be that the contracts were all cancelled on or around 11 Nov.1918 or very soon thereafter. I doubt there was much if any 1919 production.

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On 7/21/2017 at 19:34, reese williams said:

My guess would be that the contracts were all cancelled on or around 11 Nov.1918 or very soon thereafter. I doubt there was much if any 1919 production.

 

Wilkinson musthave been making bayonets for all of the 15 weeks between the Armistice & March of 1919, why otherwise the last delivery in March.

Suppose that they only made 8,000  in 1919; that is of the same order as the 10,000 made by Vickers and the 10,000 reworked by BSA for Siam.  Examples of both of these appear regularly for sale.

A possibility is that WILK did stop production in 1918, but did not ship them out until 1919, ending in March. I don't like this explanation because I assume that payment would be on delivery.

 

Regards,

JMB

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