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WW2 Australian Lithgow (SMLE) Bayonet No. 1 Mk. I (Pattern 1907) – 1943 – N/Mint

WW2 Australian Lithgow (SMLE) Bayonet No. 1 Mk. I (Pattern 1907) – 1943 – N/Mint

$550.00
Product code: 188

Availability: SOLD

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A NEAR MINT SECOND WORLD WAR AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURED NUMBER 1 MARK I (PATTERN 1907) BAYONET PRODUCED AT THE ORANGE SMALL ARMS FACTORY IN NOVEMBER 1943 AND FITTED WITH A MATCHING WWII 1943 DATED MANGROVITE VERSION OF THE NUMBER 1 TYPE II LEATHER SCABBARD AND A DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE MARKED INFANTRY EQUIPMENT, AUSTRALIAN PATTERN 1915 (LEATHER) BAYONET FROG DATED 1942.

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A NEAR MINT SECOND WORLD WAR AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURED NUMBER 1 MARK I (PATTERN 1907) BAYONET PRODUCED AT THE ORANGE SMALL ARMS FACTORY IN NOVEMBER 1943 AND FITTED WITH A MATCHING WWII 1943 DATED MANGROVITE VERSION OF THE NUMBER 1 TYPE II LEATHER SCABBARD AND A DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE MARKED INFANTRY EQUIPMENT, AUSTRALIAN PATTERN 1915 (LEATHER) BAYONET FROG DATED 1942.

This near mint Lithgow Bayonet No 1 Mk 1 (Pattern 1907) is a superb example of the definitive Australian produced blade and was manufactured in November 1943 by a subsidiary of the Lithgow Armoury: ORANGE SMALL ARMS FACTORY. Attached to this listing for reference are two excellent photographs, the first of Digger taking a drink on the Kokoda Track with a similar bayonet hanging from his belt and the second of a digger crouching behind a stationary Stuart Light Tank at Buna with the bayonet fitted to his rifle.

The markings are clearly visible, with the Bayonet No 1 Mk 1 (Pattern 1907) acknowledgement mark, MA 1907 1 and 11 ’43, November 1943 date stamped at the base of the blade.  The MA mark initially stood for ‘Made in Australia’ but was later defined as ‘Munitions Australia’. On the other ricasso it is stamped with the 'broad arrow' Government acceptance mark and the large 'X' blade bending mark. It also has the letters OA stamped, indicating ORANGE ARSENAL manufacture.

Lithgow Pattern 1907 bayonets were numbered to rifles on the pommel.  The pommel of this bayonet is unmarked which indicates it was a replacement item.  The upper hilt spine is over stamped with an R for refurbishment, an 'X' blade bending mark, aDoD Broad Arrow and 56 which indicates that the bayonet was refurbished after the Korean War in 1956; this would explain it’s excellent condition. The hardwood grips are also stamped SLAZ 56 (indicating manufacture by Slazenger in 1956) which indicates the grips were replaced when the bayonet was refurbished (see pictures). 

The hilt with its large clearance hole, 17-inch blued steel blade is in excellent near mint condition while the WWII Australian Number 1 Type II brown leather scabbard is in similarly superb condition.  The scabbard locket and chape retain most of their original phosphated finish.  The leather body of the scabbard is clearly stamped MANGROVITE ‘43 and Arrow B,locket and chape stamped OA (see pictures).  The bayonet is also fitted with a 1942 dated Infantry Equipment, Australian Pattern 1915 Bayonet Frog.  The frog is stamped with the Department of Defence D Broad Arrow D ownership mark, the manufacturers initials KH and the date of production 1942.

This is a near mint Australian Second World War bayonet from a highly regarded manufacturer with a superb patina: steel and wood hilt with a round steel press button and internal spring, two piece wood grips with circular clearance hole, secured by two steel screw bolts, steel crossguard with muzzle ring and short quillon.  Single edged blued steel blade with round fullers, dated 11 ’43.

Maker: Orange Small Arms Factory
Overall Length: 555.0 mm
Blade Length:  435.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  23.0 mm
Scabbard: MANGROVITE No1 Mk II WWII Pattern, phosphated steel and brown shellacked leather with a circular fixing stud, stamped and embossed OA, dated 1943
Overall length of scabbard:  468.0 mm
Frog:  Infantry Equipment, Australian Pattern 1915 Bayonet Frog dated 1942

From Australia, an investment quality Second World War Lithgow Bayonet No 1 Mk 1 (Pattern 1907) produced by Orange in 1943, in near mint original condition.  It's not very often that you come across a bayonet in this sort of condition, and this is probably one of the best I have seen listed so far this year.  If you are after the definitive example of an Second World War Australian produced Pattern 1907, this is it.  You will not find a better example anywhere, this bayonet is superb.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.2000
Country of Origin Australian
Pattern No. 1 Mk. I (Pattern 1907)
Bayonet Type Sword
Maker Orange Small Arms - Lithgow
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1943
Overall Length (mm) 555
Blade Length (mm) 435
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 23
Scabbard MANGROVITE No1 Mk II WWII Pattern
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 468
Frog Infantry Equipment, Australian Pattern 1915