British Pattern 1853 socket bayonet when bushed for the Martini-Henry rifle is sometimes referred to as the Pattern 1853/72 bayonet as it was approved as a pattern in 1872. The conversion merely was a bushing to the socket to reduce the internal diameter of the socket. This conversion was undertaken on mostly contract bayonets and not those made at Enfield. This bayonet has no maker or ordnance markings bearing this fact. In regard to condition there is no damage, rust or pitting, however, the socket and elbow together with segments of the blade shoulders are rough and would likely be due to heating in the conversion process. The majority of the blade retains an excellent dark finish. No scabbard (Reference BCB B184).