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During the first World War, this factory was engaged in producing over two million bayonets.Later, during the second World War, Wilkinson Sword was given contracts to manufacture more than 10,000 bayonets.* James Wilkinson continued making guns for the Board of Ordnance as well as the leading gentry of the day as the Wilkinson Sword record books reveal – but he did not possess the innovative spirit of his forebear.
As well as becoming Queen Victoria's appointed Sword and Gun Maker, Henry Wilkinson's list of customers grew rapidly to include HRH the Prince of Wales, the King of Naples, the King of Prussia, and numerous members of the House of Lords.
It emerged that many bayonet swords were bending and breaking, thus resulting in the unnecessary loss of many lives.