British Pattern 1888 Mk I Type II Lee Metford Rifle Bayonet made at the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield in 1896. Marked on the pommel as having been in naval service.
This desirable bayonet is in excellent condition for its 125 years of age and is highly collectable. The 305mm double-edged blade is faintly marked on the ricasso with a flat crown above VR (Victoria Regina) and the production date,10 ‘96 (October, 1896).
The obverse ricasso is marked with the War Department arrow, an Enfield inspection mark and a bend test stamp. The spine of the ricasso also bears an Enfield inspection stamp. The blade has been armoury service sharpened and is in great condition with minimal age 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 pommel bears an N, denoting Royal Navy service and the obverse bears the issue/weapon number 31. The press-stud locking mechanism is in good working order.
The bayonet is complete with its black leather scabbard with steel mounts. The locket and chape bear crowned inspection stamps. The scabbard is in overall good condition with small dents to the chape. The locket and chape have a speckled tarnish. The stitching is intact and tight with about 20mm of separation above the chape. 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.
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