Australian Pattern 1907 bayonet made in 1940 at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory in New South Wales.
The 433mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was factory sharpened. The blade is in very good condition and retains its blackened finish with only minor wear towards the point.
The ricasso is marked with an Australian manufacture mark over the pattern designation and the numeral 1. Below this is the manufacture date of 11 ’40 (November 1940).
The obverse ricasso bears a bend test stamp, two Australian Defence Department arrow stamps, a Lithgow manufacture stamp and two Lithgow factory inspection stamps.
The crosspiece and muzzle ring retain their original blueing, as does the steel pommel. The push button locking mechanism is in good condition and works well. The crosspiece is stamped with NZ 5213. I am unsure as to whether this indicates use by New Zealand forces as it differs from the usual New Zealand markings. It could just be the serial number of the rifle with which it was re-issued. The pommel is stamped with a cancelled first issue serial number B 3372. Interestingly, the end of the pommel is stamped with an early use Lithgow seven-pointed star.
The grip scales are in good condition with some use related wear and staining. The scales are held firmly in place by the two original screws.
The bayonet is complete with its correct No.1 Mk II World War Two issued brown leather scabbard with a large round frog stud. The scabbard is stamped MANGROVITE 44 and is in very good condition. The stitching is intact and strong. The steel locket and chape retain their original blueing with minor wear and are stamped with Orange factory marks. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a good example of a Lithgow made World War two P1907 bayonet with issue markings.
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