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.
Variant Pattern 1888 Mark II with the more angular ending to the blade's medial rib, see WEA 454.
I. Y / Sk. / 3 (cancelled markings stamped on pommel, right side)
3 / J (stamped on tang, back, near guard)
ampersand-like mark (stamped on tang, underside)
6241 IWM (old acquisition number stamped in two lines on grips, right side)
large crown over E.R / 11 '01
SANDERSON SHEFFIELD (satmped on blade, left ricasso)
crowned S over 28 / obscured overstamping (stamped on blade, back, near guard)
broad arrow / crwoned S over 76 / X (stamped on blade, right ricasso)