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English M 1907 bayonet by CHAPMAN and issued to South Africa. (ABCN1030-2)(K318)(JN173-1)

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British Lee Enfield (SMLE) No.7 rifle. Second pattern bayonet. Excellent bright finished blade. First 1.5 cm are blackened. Ricasso crisp marked with British makers name CHAPMAN (= James A. CHAPMAN Ltd. of Sheffield) and dated 8 '17, Crown over GR over 1907.  Clear British inspection marks on reverse side of ricasso and another date: '19.  Excellent walnut grips. Excellent blued pommel and crossguard with muzzle ring MRD 16.5 mm. Pommel is marked with a large Union of South Africa stamp. (/I\ in a U.) Oil hole in pommel.  
Very good black leather MKII scabbard. Blued top mount with almond style frog stud. All stitches intact and no dents to the metal fittings. Mounts show light pitting. Excellent leather scabbard body is nicely marked /I\,  AC, Crown over 4 over B, '15, Crown over 4 over B.
Comes with an excellent South African brown leather frog with 8 brass rivets and a retaining strap with a brass buckle. Frog is marked with a large Union of South Africa stamp.

CHAPMAN is, besides MOLE and VICKERS, one of the rarer makers of the M 1907 bayonet. CHAPMAN Ltd.  made 300,000 bayonets only. A certain (early) part is marked J.A.C. and the another (later)part is marked CHAPMAN. (They seem to have switched to the trade mark CHAPMAN around 1917).

British M 1907 bayonets issued  to South Africa and marked so are not very common!