Australian 1907 Pattern Bayonet. Lithgow 1942

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Australian Pattern 1907 bayonet made in 1942 at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory in New South Wales.

The 428mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was service sharpened. The blade is in very good condition and shows numerous small manufacturing marks, especially in the fullers.

The ricasso retains its blueing and is marked with an Australian manufacture mark over the pattern designation and the numeral 1. Below this is the manufacture date of June, 1942.

The obverse ricasso bears a bend test stamp, Australian Defence Department arrow and a Lithgow manufacture stamp.

The crosspiece and muzzle ring retain their original blueing, as does the steel pommel. The crosspiece is stamped with the serial number 3808. This is the serial number of the rifle the bayonet was issued with. The pommel bears the same number that has been cancelled with numerous “C” stamps. The walnut grip scales are in fair condition with some use related wear and age related colouration. The scales are held firmly in place by the two original screws. The push button locking mechanism is in good condition and works well.

The bayonet is complete with its correct No.1 Mk II World War Two issued leather scabbard with a large round frog stud. The scabbard is in good condition. The stitching is intact and strong. The steel locket and chape retain most of their original blueing and are stamped with WJH over B and M/121. 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.