JMB1943 Posted 19 February , 2018 Share Posted 19 February , 2018 I recently came across this Pattern 1888, Mk. I, First Type for sale. The seller evidently did not know what he had---price $50 with shipping for $20. I could see from his photos that it had been badly mistreated; both ricassos and both medial ridges had been considerably ground away. However, it is a 3-rivet early P.88 example, with quite decent (not split) grips; also, price was not $250 !! It weighs ~58 g (~2 oz) less than my Mk. I, Second Type and is ~6 mm (`0.25 in.) shorter. The tip has been rounded, but both edges have been sharpened a lot. With bayonets, as in life, you usually get what you pay for; here the cost vs quality trade-off was acceptable to me. Pommel: 54 (no unit markings) LHS ricasso: issue date ? ; should be '89 according to Skennerton; reissue '94 with crown/BR/4 RHS ricasso: WD; X-bend proof; W Upper tang: crown/BR/15 or 45 Regards, JMB Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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