British Pattern 1887 Mk.III Bayonet
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This mark III bayonet was made by Enfield in May 1898 and shipped to India for service in the Indian army. 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 Enfield Martini MkI rifle (.402 cal).
The Mark I sword bayonet had a fullered blade and flat bolt spring, the grip being attached by four rivets. these were made for the Enfield Martini, and later converted for the Martini Henry MkIV. A further two marks of bayonet were adopted for the Martini Henry MkIV. 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|