Australian Pattern 1907 bayonet made in 1942 at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory in New South Wales.
The 431mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was factory sharpened. The blade is in near mint condition and retains its black finish.
The ricasso retains 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, a defence department arrow and a Lithgow manufacture stamp.
The crosspiece and muzzle ring retain their original blueing, as does the steel pommel. The pommel is stamped with a Union of South Africa ownership mark. The push button locking mechanism is in good condition and works well.
The grip scales are in good condition with some use related wear. The scales were made at the Slazenger factory in 1942 and are stamped SLAZ 42. The facing (right-hand scale is over-stamped with SAP. The ownership mark of the South African Police. The scales are held firmly in place by the two original screws.
The bayonet is complete with its Australian made World War Two issue 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 their original black finish. 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 re-issue markings for the South African Police.
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