This scarce MkII Canadian Ross Rifle bayonet was made by the Ross Rifle Company, Quebec in December 1916 and is in excellent condition.
The 257mm single-edged, un-fullered blade has a rounded spine and terminates in a sharp, clipped point. During WW1, many Ross bayonets were armoury re-pointed to give them better penetration, something that was lacking with the original hatchet point. The blade is clean and bright and retains its service edge.
The steel crosspiece and pommel retain their blueing. The pommel bears the maker’s logo,” ROSS RIFLE CO. / QUEBEC / PATENTED 1907” and the obverse bears an acceptance/inspection mark, the pattern designation “11” (Mk II), the Canadian Government Ownership Mark, a broad arrow in a circle and the manufacture date “12/16,” December 1916. The bayonet attachment mechanism works perfectly. The grip spine bears two Canadian inspection stamps.
The wooden grip scales and are in excellent condition. The grip is marked with a Canadian inspection stamp.
The bayonet is complete with its original MkII leather scabbard and frog. The scabbard is in very good condition with scuffing to the leather commensurate with age. The stitching is intact and strong. The tip of the scabbard has a steel button, bearing a Canadian inspection stamp. The foot of the scabbard is stamped with the manufacture year, 1916, the government ownership mark and the MkII pattern designation as well as the initials R.C. The scabbard frog is stamped “V919.”
This is an excellent example of the scarce Canadian World War One Ross bayonet.