1925 Pattern Bayonet Frog

Whilst my 1925 pattern webbing set is set up for a pistol set, it can be changed to hold rifle ammunition, with ammunition pouches replacing the holster and pistol ammunition pouch and a bayonet frog attached to the left hand side. Whilst I am still searching for a pair of the rifle ammunition pouches (if you have a set for sale please let me know), I do have an example of the bayonet frog and it is this piece of webbing we are considering tonight. The design of the 1925 pattern frog was almost identical to the earlier 1919 pattern frog, differing only in being made from blue webbing rather than tan:imageSadly a set of fitting instructions for the 1925 pattern webbing has not yet been found, so the following description comes from the 1919 set:

Bayonet Frog- This has a loop for suspending on the rear end of the left cartridge carrier, it being secured thereto by the socket in the suspension loop engaging in the stud on the rear end of the carrier:FullSizeRenderThe bayonet is passed through the two loops at the bottom, the stud on the scabbard coming out between the two loops:

imageThe loop at the top of the frog is passed over the hilt to prevent undue swinging of the bayonet when marching:FullSizeRender - CopyAs well as the stud on the rear of the cartridge carrier, the 1925 pattern belt had a similar stud on the left hand side and it was very common to see just the belt, frog and bayonet worn when on parade. As the bayonet frog remained perfectly useable with the later 1937 pattern webbing set, these frogs have survived in far higher numbers than the cartridge carriers. These are often marked with details of the manufacturer or an Air Ministry stamp, sadly this example is very faded and it is impossible to make out any markings:image

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