Blued Australian Pattern 1907 bayonet made in 1942 at the Orange Small Arms Factory in New South Wales.
The 431mm, single edged blade has a long narrow fuller and rounded spine. The edge is factory sharpened. The blade is in good condition and retains its original blued finish with some minor wear. There is a small patch of shallow pitting on one side above the ricasso.
The ricasso is marked with the pattern designation, Australian manufacture mark and the manufacture date of 9 ’42 (September 1942).
The obverse ricasso bears a bend test stamp, Australian Defence Department arrow and the OA, Orange manufacture stamp.
The crosspiece, muzzle ring and pommel retain their original blueing with minor wear. The Australian coachwood grip scales are stamped “SLAZ 42.” The scales are held firmly in place by the two original screws and have use-related dings and wear. The push button locking mechanism is in good condition and works well.
The bayonet is complete with its leather scabbard with a round frog stud. The scabbard is in good condition but has lost its original wax coating. The stitching along the seam is intact and strong. The steel locket and chape retain their original blueing with some wear. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a good WW2 example of an Orange made Australian P1907 bayonet.
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