This is an incredibly rare First pattern M1888 Lee Metford rifle bayonet. Very few of these were made before the Mk1 Type II was introduced.
This bayonet is in overall fair condition for its 129 years of age and is highly collectable. A “must have” bayonet for all British bayonet collectors.
The 304mm double-edged blade has been nickel plated which has covered and hidden the ricasso and spine markings. Pitting on the blade is still evident despite having been cleaned and plated.
The wooden grip is in good condition and shows age related wear with the iconic three brass rivets: two smaller and one larger. The wooden hilt scales are drilled with an oil hole on both sides below the two top rivets. The steel pommel and cross piece are in good condition. The locking catch has had the stud ground down, presumably to make it more of a combat knife.
It is unfortunate that this rare bayonet has suffered at the hands of a former owner. A replacement locking catch can be taken from a donor P1888 bayonet and a scabbard can be sourced. This would then make it a reasonable example of a hard to find bayonet acquired for a bargain price. Good condition examples sell for upwards of £550.
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