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Pattern 1888 Bayonet queries


MikeyH
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I acquired yesterday an example of the 1888 bayonet, made at Enfield with VR cypher and dated 1.01 The unit markings on the pommel are:-

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next line either 1 or I with a line struck through it, then R.W.F. which assume is Royal Welsh Fusiliers although an online regimental glossary has this as W.F., any comments?

next line 133 this issue or rack number.

The wooden grip on one side has 3 neat holes drilled in it, around 3mm dia, two of these down to the metal of the tang, any ideas why?

The scabbard locket. i.e. upper metal part of leather scabbard, has a screw in the upper part, with the usual lower staple, read somewhere this is a scarce variation, could anyone clarify?

Sorry, am having problems at present uploading photos.

Mike.

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I acquired yesterday an example of the 1888 bayonet,

Mike.

Mike,

Photographs always help, and as you say, the typical regimental mark for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers is ' WF '.

I can see no other British or Colonial Regiment using ' RWF ' ?

Regards,

LF

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Mike,

Photographs always help, and as you say, the typical regimental mark for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers is ' WF '.

I can see no other British or Colonial Regiment using ' RWF ' ?

Regards,

LF

Yes, photographs will be nice when you have worked it out!

As for RWF, I do have a listing for Lee-Enfield Rifles that has RWF as "The Royal Welsh Fusiliers", although I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the listing, which is at: http://home.earthlink.net/~smithkaia8/id1.html

Trajan

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Hi Mike,

I am fairly certain I have seen an 1888 marked RWF, and definitely a rifle - my Long Lee rifle butt!

Cheers,

Tony

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Thanks LF. There is something lovely about them, and sweet to shoot. It has its original 1897 barrel.

Cheers,

Tony

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Tony,

Many thanks for photos of your lovely rifle with clear 'RWF' markings, am truly envious!

Mike.

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Lovely rifle - and nice bedroom shot as well! :thumbsup:

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