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WW2 Australian Lithgow (SMLE) Sword Bayonet No. 1 Mk. I (P1907) – 1942 – N/Mint

WW2 Australian Lithgow (SMLE) Sword Bayonet No. 1 Mk. I (P1907) – 1942 – N/Mint

$550.00
Product code: 91

Availability: SOLD

Quick Overview:

A NEAR MINT SECOND WORLD WAR AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURED NUMBER 1 MARK I (PATTERN 1907) BAYONET WITH A MATCHING WWII MANGROVITE VERSION OF THE NUMBER 1 TYPE II BROWN SHELLACKED LEATHER SCABBARD AND 38 PATTERN FROG MANUFACTURED AT THE LITHGOW SMALL ARMS FACTORY IN MAY 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 May 1942 at the Lithgow Armoury.

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A NEAR MINT SECOND WORLD WAR AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURED NUMBER 1 MARK I (PATTERN 1907) BAYONET WITH A MATCHING WWII MANGROVITE VERSION OF THE NUMBER 1 TYPE II BROWN SHELLACKED LEATHER SCABBARD AND 38 PATTERN FROG MANUFACTURED AT THE LITHGOW SMALL ARMS FACTORY IN MAY 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 May 1942 at the Lithgow Armoury.  Attached to this listing for reference is an excellent Australian War Memorial photograph of D Company of 2/13 Battalion 2 AIF defending Tobruk with P1907 bayonets fitted.

The markings are clearly visible, with the Bayonet No 1 Mk 1 (Pattern 1907) acknowledgement mark, MA 1907 1 and 5 ’42, May 1942 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 MA stamped, indicating LITHGOW ARMOURY manufacture.

Lithgow Pattern 1907 bayonets were numbered to rifles on the pommel.  The pommel of this bayonet shows it was a ‘C’ series produced blade and is marked C36803.  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 immediately 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 and 17-inch steel blade are in near mint condition while the WWII Australian Number 1 Type II brown leather scabbard manufactured in 1943 is in excellent condition.  The scabbard locket and chape retain most of their original phosphated finish.  The leather body of the scabbard is stamped MANGROVITE ‘43 and Arrow B,locket and chape stamped OA (see pictures). 

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 5 ’42.

Maker: Orange Small Arms Factory
Overall Length: 555.0 mm
Blade Length:  435.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  23.0 mm
Scabbard: MANGROVITE ‘43 No1 Mk II WWII Pattern, Blued steel and brown shellacked leather with a circular fixing stud, stamped and embossed OA
Overall length of scabbard:  468.0 mm
Frog:  Pattern 38

From Australia, an investment quality Second World War Lithgow Bayonet No 1 Mk 1 (Pattern 1907) produced by Lithgow in 1942, 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 ever listed.  If you are after the definitive example of an Australian produced Pattern 1907, this is it.  You will not find a better example anywhere, this bayonet is superb and is almost certainly the ‘best on the net’.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.1000
Country of Origin Australian
Pattern Pattern 1907 Bayonet
Bayonet Type Sword
Maker Lithgow Orange Arsenal
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1942
Overall Length (mm) 555
Blade Length (mm) 435
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 23
Scabbard Pattern 1907 Number 1 Type II
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 468
Frog Pattern 38