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British 1879 Pattern Martini Henry Artillery Carbine Bayonet, Military Mounted Police

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Description

Straight single-fullered blade with sawback, steel knucklebow hilt with slit for sword knot and muzzle ring. Black pressed leather grips with chequering (technically, knurling), steel pommel with external leaf spring. Black leather scabbard with steel chape and throat with teardrop frog stud. Blade 25 7/8 inches in length, the bayonet 31 3/8 inches overall, muzzle ring 0.65 inches in diameter (1.65cm).

The blade is stamped on one side of the ricasso with a crown over ‘V.R.’ (Victoria Regina), and a manufacture date of 6/85 meaning June 1885.

On the other side it is stamped with a broad arrow atop ‘WD’, meaning War Department property and a crown inspection mark with ‘E’, indicating the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield. The spine of the blade has another Enfield mark. The exposed tang has a Maltese cross stamp. The pommel is stamped near the mortise slot with another Enfield crown inspection mark, and near the locking button with a faint mark which I believe reads ‘MMP’, indicating the Military Mounted Police, over ‘116’, a serial or rack number.

The leather of the scabbard is stamped next to the seam with a broad arrow, and a very faint crown inspection mark.

When mounted to a carbine-length Martini Henry rifle the 1879 Pattern bayonet gave a soldier good overall reach, and with its substantial hilt it could also serve as a fighting sword. Its saw-toothed back would have found use in brush-cutting, like other similar designs popular during the 19th century. Production of the bayonets at Enfield continued until 1890.

Since 1251 the Provost Marshal has been responsible for policing the British Army. He was originally assisted in this task by a varying number of detached servicemen under his command. During the Napoleonic Wars the enlarged British Army required the ‘Staff Corps of Cavalry’ to be raised, four detachments of mounted men who policed the infantry and cavalry regiments – but this unit was only temporary, as was the Mounted Staff Corps, formed for the Crimean War.

The first permanent military police force of the British Army was the Mounted Military Police, formed in 1855 to police the new Aldershot Camp. Its initial complement was formed from cavalrymen of the 2nd Dragoon Guards, 3rd Light Dragoons, 15th Light Dragoons and 17th Lancers. In 1877 this was renamed the Corps of Military Mounted Police.

It was merged with its counterpart unit the Military Foot Police in 1926 to form the Corps of Military Police, which was granted the ‘Royal’ prefix in 1946 to become the modern Corps of Royal Military Police. The mounted element of the unit diminished over time, by 1950 its Mounted Troop, still based at Aldershot, existed as a niche patrol unit in areas unsuitable for vehicles, and as a ceremonial unit. The Mounted Troop was disbanded in 1995, but the RMP continues.

The blade has a bright polished finish with some spots of patination. The blade is unsharpened with a couple of small nicks to its edge. The sawblade has light wear – the lowermost three teeth (out of 40) of the saw are broken. The hilt and steel pieces of the scabbard have a dark patinated finish. The leather grips have some handling wear, one patch of abrasion and some dents to the grip scale on the locking button side.

 

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