An excellent all-original specimen of a scarce British Pattern 1887 “sword bayonet” for a single shot Martini-Henry rifle. Unaltered and with its original steel-tipped leather bayonet included – VERY hard to find in such great shape these days. Made in 1889 by the legendary Wilkinson Sword Company; inspection marks are also by Wilkinson Sword. There are not too many of these “sword bayonets” left, especially with the steel-tipped scabbard (colonial issued had bronze furniture) and an unaltered blade.
The blade is only slightly used with the original factory edge; the tip is intact; all-original white finish remaining. Pressed leather grips are in great condition with only some minor loss of the surface layer on one side. The pommel is excellent with no dings; serial number 7984 is stamped on one side. The quillon is intact; minor pitting on the guard is noted for accuracy. The bayonet’s release mechanism is tight and 100% functional. This bayonet is about 23-3/4″ / 60.4 cm overall; the blade is about 18-3/8″ / 46.7 cm long. Original scabbard with numerous inspection marks is in excellent shape, considering the age; the leather is not dry.
Overall, this rare Wilkinson Sword Company PATTERN 1887 Martini-Henry bayonet and its original scabbard are in excellent condition. A desirable and highly collectible type and super-rare this nice. Don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
This rare Wilkinson Sword Company PATTERN 1887 Martini-Henry bayonet has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original condition; these are the actual photos. We have several scarce WW1 and WW2 bayonets, fighting knives, daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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