British Pattern 1888 Mk II Lee Metford Rifle Bayonet made at the Enfield Small Arms Factory, London 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 and is highly collectable.
The 305mm double-edged blade is marked on the ricasso with a faint crown (King Edward VII) and the production date, 3 ‘02 (March, 1902).
The obverse ricasso is marked with the War Department arrow, Enfield’s EFD maker’s mark, an Enfield factory inspection mark and a bend test stamp.
The ricasso spine bears two Enfield inspection stamps. The blade was factory/armoury sharpened for the first 200mm and is in excellent condition. The blade retains its needle-sharp point.
The wooden grip is firm and in good condition with two brass rivets. The steel crosspiece and pommel are bright and free from rust. The press-stud locking mechanism is in perfect working order.
The bayonet is complete with its black leather scabbard with steel mounts. The leather is stamped with a crowned inspection mark and the War Department arrow. The scabbard is in good condition with some loss to the original finish and two patches of shallow pitting to the back of the locket. The stitching is intact and firm. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is an excellent example of a late production British 1888 Mk II bayonet.
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