Right on both accounts! The Marlin bayonets have no markings to identify them differently from standard Lee Enfield bayonets, so this seller is assuming quite a bit with his "sure" statement of it's being a Marlin 1893 Musket bayonet. As they all had standard British markings, it can't be confirmed, even if it was attached to a Marlin Musket.
Also right on the 3-98 date code for the bayonet in question. As only 31 muskets were built, and out of those, 24 were built in 1895-96, it would be tough to have a bayonet accessory from 2-3 years in the future!
Hopefully the seller will correct his auction. I have notified him, and he promised he would.
Good job Parley!
I question the finish on a bayonet that old. In those times, bayonets were actually USED. I just don't feel the metal matches the wood. If I was flush enough to own a musket, I'd probably buy the bayonet, though. I participate on a milsurp forum, and the Lee-Metford bayonets don't show up that often. Since I'm a cheapskate, I'll wait to find one in some lady's dandelion bucket. - I got a Puma white hunter that way once. SW
There is another Lee Metford bayonet on Ebay that has the correct blued finish. The Marlin musket bayonets for the 1893 were polished, as this one is, but I too agree that it looks too recently polished.
At one time I had thought of building up my own Marlin 1893 musket, just to have a replica of this rare gun. My plan was to use a Enfield front half stock fitted to a 24" round barrel 1893 rifle. That way it would have all the barrel bands, and bayonet lug, whcih would make it easier to build. Still might do it some day, if I find a junker 1893 round barrel. I've come across a number of octagon barrel candidates, but then it wouldn't have the rollstamps after I turned the barrel down. Sure would make a fun conversation piece!
3. 1894 musket, 38-40 30" bbl. not marked Bureau County #125XXX exc. bore $12,500 :shock:
4. 1894 musket, 44-40 not marked Bureau Co. 30" bbl(only) good cond. VG bore. $8500
And to think I originally started buying Marlins because I wasn't flush enough to afford Wrenchesters or Bergmann-Bayards! It's starting to look like when I go to that great roundhouse in the sky my preppy daughters can have quite a prosperous auction. SW