Object Title

Bayonet - Pritchard-Greener bayonet

Bayonet - Pritchard-Greener bayonet

Date

1910-1930

Object Number

X.428

Physical Description

The narrow blade is of T-section at the forte, but soon begins to reduce in thickness to form a false edge at the point. The hilt is a hollow gun-metal casting, with a broad cross-guard, one side of which forms a short quillon with a forward curl and pierced by an irregular rectangular hole. The other side of the cross-guard is pierced with a hole the shape of the cross-section of the Mark VI revolver's barrel, and split by a slot cut to allow the passage of the foresight block. A 'Pryse' type cross-bolt catch operated by a thumb button is fitted into the left side of the cross-guard. By withdrawing the cross-bolt by pressing the button, the bayonet may pass beyond the foresight block, then by releasing the bolt behind the block the bayonet is locked in place. The grip is of hollow U-section, and the pommel area is open, to accept the barrel and barrel lug of the revolver. Each side of the pommel area has been shaped to fit closely around the cylinder catch and holster guides without interfering with the frame hinge.
The scabbard is of blued iron. It has a small rivetted locket fitted with a blade-retaining spring, and has a small ball terminal. The scabbard retains its small leather frog with adjustable suspension loop.
With XII.3986.

Dimensions

Bladelength8.25in.
Bladelength210mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Numbering
64
rear of quillon
stamped
Manufacturer's markright side of crossguard
engraved
terminal
stamped

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

This bayonet was designed and patented by Arthur Pritchard, a lieutenant in the 3rd Royal Berkshire Regiment. His first patent, the number of which appears on the cross-guard of this bayonet, was dated 29th November 1916. The other patent was no. 111, 526/17.
These bayonets were manufactured for private sale by W.W.Greener Ltd., of Birmingham, the blades and scabbards being the tip sections of those of the French M.1874 Gras bayonet. The early models had gunmetal hilts, as in this case, those of the later production examples were of cast steel.
See W.C. Dowell, 'The Webley Story', p. 116 and John Watts and Peter White, 'The Bayonet Book', published by the authors, 1975, p.324, pl. 827 and 8.