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Bisley Surrey, United Kingdom
Price: £275.00

Listing ID: 2922

Make : Martini Henry Patt '53 Bayonet.

Description: Ordnance issue Pattern 1853 socket bayonet in scabbard bushed to fit the Martini Henry service rifle issued to the 14 regiment of foot, the Prince of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Blued socket with locking collar, the diameter of the socket bushed to reduce it to the diameter of the .450” MH barrel. Tricorn fullered blade with Broad Arrow WD stamp to the top flat next to opposed R’s and broad arrow sold from service marks alongside various Ordnance inspection stamps. In its brass mounted early first pattern black leather scabbard with separate chape and frog stud, the leather stamped with a Broad Arrow over WD and 14 55 for issue to the Prince of Wales Own West Yorkshire Regiment. Issued to the infantry regiments of the British army with Pattern 1853 rifle muskets when the Martini Henry was adopted the Ordnance used up surplus obsolete 1853 bayonets by bushing them to fit the new rifles. These bayonets were issued with early MH rifles until they were all used up or required in unaltered form for issue with the old Snider rifles to colonial units after which the longer P1876 bayonet was manufactured to fit the Martini’s giving a better reach in bayonet fighting. Today these converted P53 bayonets that went with the early Martini rifles are rarely seen. In good condition with good clean blade, working locking ring and in a nice issue early pattern scabbard with all stitching intact, a nice early P53 converted in service to the Martini Henry rifle.

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