Hello! I am new to the forum and was sent here by a friend whom said ya'll were quite resourceful. I own an antique mall and picked up an Enfield 1888 Bayonet. I was wondering if anyone may be able to help identify the markings I haven't found, why the blade has the approved bend-test mark but no War Department marking and, most importantly, I am wondering it was in the Second Boer War/how to tell if it was or if any of the markings make it any more special. Here are some pics and I'll list the markings as I can read them after the set:
It has not been sharpened (though the point is sharp) and is in pretty decent condition. Unfortunately, I lost the scabbard when I moved to the new house and cannot find it (and trust me, I've torn the place apart looking). Sorry about the pics, I know it's presumptuous of me to come in and post so many pics before introducing myself elsewhere. My name is Mox (or Nathan, but friends call me Mox) and next are the markings I can read and what I've been able to identify so far:
One side of blade:
EFD - Enfield
Crown/9/E - Inspector Mark? Not entirely sure
X - Bend-test confirmation
Other side of blade:
Crown over VR - Victoria Regina's reign
12 '98 - December 1898
'05 - 1905 (I assume, though no month accompanies it)
Crown over R[or B] over [?]60, 00, or G0 from what I can make out - Not sure, inspector mark? The two digit number/letter sequence on bottom through me
Crown over D4 over E - Inspector?
under that is
Crown over [?] 43? the first number/symbol is hard to make out. Not sure what this means either.
Appears to be a "funky" letter F engraved in the metal on the side close to the hole mount
Two numbers on opposite side of hinge
868 (I assumed these were re-issue numbers from '98 to '05 but that's purely speculative.
Otherwise there is normal petina, but mostly shiny metal, nice color in the wood, nothing loose, and is a piece my wife would like me to sell at some point (I'm fighting her on it, lol), but wanted to see if I could get help with identification/significance to let her know whether it's worth selling or not.
Nathan "Mox" Lyke
(I have a couple more pics but this was the max I could upload. If anymore are needed, let me know and I'll post them up again. Thanks again, in advance, for your help as I've scowered the internet for months trying to identify this correctly. Cheers!)