sword bayonet for Mark 1* Lee-Enfield rifle & Pattern 1888 Mark II
Pommel form: kidney-shaped with flat end housing a broad and very deep T-shaped attachment slot which, contrary to all previous practice, runs along the underside. The Mark 1* Lee-Enfield did not have a clearing rod thus the circular section attachment slot extension was no longer required. Raised end of the pommel's back is recessed to form a shallow groove designed to fit alongside the rifle's barrel. A small slotted press stud, high on left side, operates locking catch via an internal coiled spring. A cleaning hole is positioned in the pommel (running transversely through pommel at end of attachment slot).Pommel meets grips vertically.
Grips form: two-piece wood retained by two widely spaced flush-ground brass rivets with washers. Convex grips with both back and underside rounded and straight.
Crossguard form: short straight crosspiece, lower guard extends approximately 19 mm below blade and terminates in small flat disc finial swept towards blade. Upper guard formed into broad full muzzle ring, the rear of which is slightly stepped as it meets hilt back.
Blade form: double-edged, tapering slightly to narrow spear point. A wide medial rib extends the full length of the blade.
Bayonet (all metal parts) finish: bright finished.
The bayonet is associated with a scabbard locket with rimmed mouthpiece secured by three flush-ground rivets and a convex elongated oval frog stud on short stem and raised oval base. The mouthpiece is stamped "246".
Association - related items: all that remains of the bayonet's scabbard is the steel topmount which has been fitted on the weapon's blade. The mouthpiece of the relic is stamped "246"