British Pattern 1888 Mk II Lee Metford Rifle Bayonet made at the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield in 1902. Production of the Mk II pattern 1888 bayonet totalled less than half that of the Mk I type II, making it harder to find today.
This desirable bayonet is in excellent condition for its 119 years of age and is highly collectable. The 300mm double-edged blade is nicely marked on the ricasso with a flat crown above ER (Edward VII) and the production date, 7 ‘02 (July, 1902).
The obverse ricasso is marked with EFD below the War Department arrow, an Enfield inspection mark and a bend test stamp. The blade spine also bears two Enfield inspection stamps. The blade has been service sharpened and is in great condition with minor sharpening and use related marks.
The wooden grip is firm and in excellent condition with two brass rivets. The steel crosspiece and pommel are bright and free from rust. The press-stud locking mechanism is in good working order.
The bayonet is complete with its Enfield made black leather scabbard with steel mounts. The locket is stamped with an Enfield inspection mark. The black leather is stamped with the Enfield maker’s mark, crowned inspection mark, War Department arrow and the manufacture date of 1898. The scabbard is in overall good condition with slight wear and speckled tarnish and shallow pitting to the mounts. The stitching is intact and firm. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a good example of the iconic British Boer War and Boxer Rebellion bayonet.