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WW2 Australian (1st Batch) Owen SMG Mk1 Bayonet 1945 - Near Mint

WW2 Australian (1st Batch) Owen SMG Mk1 Bayonet 1945 - Near Mint

$875.00
Product code: 35

Availability: SOLD

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This rare bayonet, officially designated ‘Bayonet S.M.G. (Aust) No 1 Mk 1’, is in near mint original condition and was manufactured during the Second World War in March 1945 at the Orange Arsenal in New South Wales. This bayonet was designed for use with the Owen Sub-Machine Gun (SMG), an Australian manufactured 9mm weapon, produced to meet the requirements of Australian forces in the Pacific Theatre following their experience fighting the Japanese in New Guinea.  It was also employed by Australian forces during the Korean War.

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‘Bayonet S.M.G. (Aust) No 1 Mk 1’ - Owen SMG – Near Mint

WW2 Australian Owen Mark I bayonet manufactured in march 1945 at the Lithgow subsidiary Orange Arsenal and original shortened Number 2 Mark I brown leather scabbard manufactured by Mangrovite Belting Pty Ltd to fit the Owen 9mm sub machine gun.

This rare bayonet, officially designated ‘Bayonet S.M.G. (Aust) No 1 Mk 1’, is in near mint original condition and was manufactured during the Second World War in March 1945 at the Orange Arsenal in New South Wales. This bayonet was designed for use with the Owen Sub-Machine Gun (SMG), an Australian manufactured 9mm weapon, produced to meet the requirements of Australian forces in the Pacific Theatre following their experience fighting the Japanese in New Guinea.  It was also employed by Australian forces during the Korean War.

At first, cut-down SMLE No. 1 Mk. 1 bayonets were used with the Owen, but by late 1944 production of the first run of short bladed Owen Mk.1 bayonets was underway at the Orange Arsenal in New South Wales.  A subsequent and smaller batch were manufactured during the Korean War at Lithgow and this bayonet is from that production run.  The purpose made Owen bayonet had a blade length of 253mm, and was clearly identifiable from the earlier cut-down version, by its short fullers which ended 85mm from the point (on the cut-downs they ran to the blade tip). The grips of most Owen bayonets are stamped 'SLAZ', followed by the date which indicates the grips were made by Slazenger, another Australian firm. While early batch Mk 1 Owen bayonets like this one, had a more tapered blade profile than that of the Pattern 1907, the second batch Lithgow have the Pattern 1907 profile point.

The markings on this blade are clearly visible, with, on one ricasso, the 'Broad Arrow' Government acceptance mark, the Orange Arsenal manufacturer’s stamp OA, 'X' bending mark and War Department broad arrow.  On the other ricasso is the MA stamp and residual 1907 1 type mark.  The MA initially stood for ‘Made in Australia’ but was later defined as ‘Munitions Australia.  Also stamped is the manufacture date for March 1945 (3’ 45). The hilt (with both of its Slazenger 1945 manufactured hardwood grips faintly stamped (SLAZ 45) and scabbard are in excellent original condition as is the 10 inch blade which still retains most of its factory blueing.  The brown leather scabbard is also stamped and embossed with the Mangrovite Belting Pty Ltd stamp (MANGROVITE) and manufacture date of 1944 (44) and War Department Arrow mark and TP (see pictures) as well as a OA stamp on locket and chape.  The mouth of the locket is unmarked. The Pattern 37 webbing bayonet frog is in very good 'used', condition and is indistinctly stamped on its rear face.

This is a rare first batch Orange manufactured Owen S.M.G. Mark 1 bayonet in superb ‘investment quality’ original condition: steel and wood hilt with a round steel press button and internal spring, two piece mahogany wood grips manufactured by Slazenger and dated 1945, secured by two steel screw bolts, steel crossguard with muzzle ring and short quillon.  Single edged unfullered steel blade, dated March 1945 (3’ 45).

This is an investment quality Australia Bayonet S.M.G. (Aust) No 1 Mk 1 in near mint condition.  You will not find a better example of one of these very rare bayonets.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.1000
Country of Origin Australian
Pattern Owen Mark I
Bayonet Type Knife
Maker Orange Arsenal
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1945
Overall Length (mm) 375
Blade Length (mm) 253
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 24
Scabbard Blued steel - OA stamped on locket and chape, with a circular fixing stud (makers stamp)
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 300
Frog No