British Pattern 1888 Mk I Type II Lee-Metford rifle Bayonet made in 1891 by the Wilkinson Sword Company, London.
This scarce bayonet is in excellent condition for its 131 years of age and is highly collectable. The 303mm double-edged blade is faintly marked on the ricasso with a flat crown above VR (Victoria Regina) and the clear production date, 12 ‘91 (December, 1891) above the makers’ details, Wilkinson. London. The obverse ricasso is marked with the British War Department WD and broad arrow, a bend test stamp and a Wilkinson factory inspection stamp.
The blade is in excellent condition with some minor pale tarnish. The blade retains its original edge.
The wooden grip is firm and in good condition with age and use related dings and marks. Two large brass rivets positioned close together hold the scales securely in place. The wooden hilt scales are drilled with an oil hole on both sides above the top rivet. The steel crosspiece and pommel are bright and free from rust. The press-stud locking mechanism is in good working order. The pommel is stamped with the weapon number 31. An earlier issue number has been over-stamped.
The bayonet is complete with its Enfield made black leather scabbard with steel mounts. The steel locket and chape are stamped with Enfield inspection marks. The leather is strong and the stitching intact. The leather is stamped with a faint Broad Arrow, WD and inspection mark. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is an excellent example of the iconic British Boer War and Boxer Rebellion bayonet.
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