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Boer & WW1 British/Australian 3 Rivet P.1888 Mk.1 Type I Bayonet

Boer & WW1 British/Australian 3 Rivet P.1888 Mk.1 Type I Bayonet

$1,575.00
Product code: 14

Availability: SOLD

Quick Overview:

A very good original example of what is widely accepted as the finest British bayonet of the modern era. An Australian sourced bayonet that is in genuine ‘as-found’ condition. These very scarce bayonets rarely come on the market and almost never in as complete a state as this one. A fair dinkum blade.

Details

Outstanding Boer War and First World War British Lee Metford / Enfield Pattern 1888 Mark 1 Type I Bayonet and early Pattern 1888 Mk 1 Scabbard with 3 rivet grip. Manufactured at the Royal Small Arms Factory (RSAF) Enfield in October 1889. It’s the same pattern of bayonet that equipped ANZAC troops when they initially deployed to Egypt and the Dardanelles (Gallipoli) in 1915.

This is a rare example of a 3 rivet British Mark I, 1st Type bayonet manufactured by one of the most highly regarded and sought after Pattern 1888 makers (ENFIELD - EFD) to fit the Lee Metford Rifle and early versions of the Lee Enfield Infantry Rifle. Its an example of the type that equipped many ANZAC troops when they first deployed to the Egypt and the Dardanelles (Gallipoli) in 1915. Attached to this listing are three pictures, the first showing an Australian Platoon dug in on the Suez Canal in 1915 and the other two showing ANZAC’s at Gallipoli with a Pattern 1888 bayonets fitted to their rifles. The re-inspection stamp on the obverse ricasso ’09 (for 1909) indicates that it was still in service prior to the First World War.

The other markings are feintly visible. On one ricasso the October 1889 (10/89) date is stamped at the base of the 12 inch blade as well as the crown and cypher of HM Queen Victoria (VR – Victoria Regina – 1837 - 1901). On the other ricasso the ROYAL SMALL ARMS FACTORY (RSAF) - ENFIELD manufacturers mark (EFD) is now unreadable although the 'X' blade proof mark, War Department (WD) broad arrow, and unique Royal Enfield inspectors mark of a crown over 39 over RE are still visible under the ‘sold out of service’ opposing broad arrows and reverse R re-inspection marks.

The 12 inch blade, is in good patinated condition as is the rare early Pattern 1888 Mk 1 Scabbard with its distinctive large teardrop shaped frog stud - see picture. The hilt, with its polished mahogany grips is original and in excellent condition, whilst the 3 brass rivets show this to be a rare Mark I 1st Type. The scabbard is also embossed with War Department ‘broad arrow’ ownership marks and an EFD mark and has a split rear seam. The original brown leather Pattern 1888 bayonet frog is superb and retains the manufacturers stamp CUSTOM LEATHER WORKS CAWNPORE on the rear

This is a first rate Boer War and First World War bayonet from the best of manufacturers with a great patina in very good condition: steel and wood hilt with a round steel press button and internal spring, two piece mahogany wood grips, secured by 3 brass rivets, steel crossguard with muzzle ring and short quillon. Double edged steel unfullered blade, dated 10/89.

A very good original example of what is widely accepted as the finest British bayonet of the modern era. An Australian sourced bayonet that is in genuine ‘as-found’ condition. These very scarce bayonets rarely come on the market and almost never in as complete a state as this one. A fair dinkum blade.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.1000
Country of Origin Australian, British
Pattern Pattern 1888 Mk 1 Scabbard
Bayonet Type Knife
Maker R.S.A.F. Enfield
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1915
Overall Length (mm) 425
Blade Length (mm) 305
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 28
Scabbard Steel and leather with external chape and integral frog.
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 325
Frog Pattern 1888 – Brown leather