Australian Pattern 1907 bayonet made in 1943 at the Orange Small Arms Factory in New South Wales.
The 430mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge was factory sharpened. The blade has been plated for ceremonial duties. This was probably done post WW2.
The plating is in good condition.
The ricasso is faintly marked with an Australian manufacture mark over the pattern designation. Below this is the manufacture date of 11 ’43 (November 1943).
The obverse ricasso bears an Australian Defence Department arrow stamp, a partial bend test mark and a faint Orange factory OA mark. The plating has partially obscured the 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 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 World War Two issued brown leather scabbard with a large round frog stud. The scabbard is stamped MANGROVITE 42 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 an Orange made World War two P1907 bayonet, plated for post war ceremonial duties.
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