British Pattern 1887 Mk.III Bayonet
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This mark III bayonet was proofed by Enfield in 1888 and shipped to India for service in the Indian army. This bayonet is marked RP 3.97 and RP 12.97 for the Indian arsenal, 1897. Like this bayonet, many finished up in Nepal due to the treaty of 1815 and subsequent agreements.
This original bayonet is in good condition, but shows ware with staining and some light pitting. The scabbard again shows ware, and the leather on the scabbard has some damage
The British Army learned through hard experience in the battles of the Sudan between 1884 and 1885, that the sword bayonet offered significant advantages to the spike bayonets then issued as standard. As a result, in 1887 a sword bayonet was developed for issue with the new Martini Henry MkIV rifle.
The Mark I sword bayonet had a fullered blade and flat bolt spring, the grip being attached by four rivets. A further two marks of bayonet were adopted. The Mark II differed from the MkI in having a spiral bolt spring, instead of a flat one, and the grip being attached to the tang by means of two rivets and four washers. The Mk.III differed from the MkII in having an unfullered blade and being slightly heavier.
|Weight||0.95 Kg||2 lb 2 oz|
|Fits||Martini-Henry Mk.IV Rifle|