British Pattern 1888 Mk II Lee Metford Rifle Bayonet made at the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield in 1899.
This desirable bayonet is in excellent condition for its 121 years of age and is highly collectable. The 305mm double-edged blade is nicely marked on the ricasso with a flat crown above VR (Victoria Regina) and the production date, 8 ‘99 (August 1899).
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 is in fantastic condition.
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 edges of the tang bear an inspection stamp and the letters K and T.
The bayonet is complete with its Enfield made black leather scabbard with steel mounts. The steel locket and chape are stamped with Enfield inspection marks and the throat bears the number 783. The black leather is in overall good condition with wear to the original finish. 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 the iconic British Boer War and Boxer Rebellion bayonet.
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