British Bayonet 1888 Mk2 Type2


Code:  EU3

This is a double-edged bayonet originally manufactured to fit the Pattern 1888 Lee-Metford Infantry Rifle. It likely saw service in the Boer War and WWI.

This type of bayonet is very functional and of high-quality manufacture. The hilt incorporates an odd-shaped pommel with push-button/internal-spring latch and steel cross-guard. The grips are of wood and are held in place by two brass rivets; an oil-hole is present behind the second rivet. The blade is a double-edge type, unfullered, with a medial rib the runs from the ricasso to the blade tip.  Although the blade looks dark in this picture, it has a bright finish.

Blade length:  11.875

Overall length:  16.625

Muzzle Ring Diameter .655

The bayonet cannot be abolished for the reason, if for no other, that it is the sole and exclusive embodiment of that willpower which, alone, both in war and everyday life, attains its object.—General M. I. Dragomirov

There are a number of markings on the blade/ricasso that give us clues to its identity and history:

Original date of manufacture is 1895; also stamped “WD” on the other side of the ricasso (not shown), indicating acceptance of the item by the War Department.  This mark was discontinued in 1895.

The bayonet was reissued (to another regiment) in 1897, 1902, and 1905.

Initials "V.R." (Victoria Regina - Queen Victoria) under crown  (1837-1901)

Inspection Marks:  Enfield Inspection mark  82 over E, F7 over E

Likely manufacturer: Royal Arms Factory, Enfield

Also on the other side of the ricasso is an “X”, which is a “Bending Mark”, and “proof of blade”.  Bayonets that didn’t pass this test were often sent for use in training.  They could not be used in combat.

There are also some mystery marks, perhaps indicating regiment assignment, that I have yet to decipher.