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WWI Australian Lithgow SMLE Pattern 1907 Sword Bayonet – Unit Marked – 1917

WWI Australian Lithgow SMLE Pattern 1907 Sword Bayonet – Unit Marked – 1917

$850.00
Product code: 87

Availability: In stock

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A MUSEUM QUALITY AUSTRALIAN LITHGOW PATTERN 1907 BAYONET MADE IN 1917 AND FITTED WITH AN EARLY PATTERN NUMBER 1 TYPE II LEATHER SCABBARD ALSO MANUFACTURED BY LITHGOW AND UNIT MARKED TO THE 6th MILITARY DISTRICT (TASMANIA).This Lithgow Pattern 1907 Bayonet is a superb museum quality example of the definitive Australian produced bayonet of the First World War and was manufactured in in 1917 by the LITHGOW Small Arms Factory in New South Wales.  It is fitted with a WW1 Pattern Number 1 Type II Scabbard, also produced by LITHGOW.  This bayonet was in use with Australian forces during both World Wars. During WW2 the bayonet was assigned for use with the 6th Military District (Tasmania) and is marked accordingly.

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A MUSEUM QUALITY AUSTRALIAN LITHGOW PATTERN 1907 BAYONET MADE IN 1917 AND FITTED WITH AN EARLY PATTERN NUMBER 1 TYPE II LEATHER SCABBARD ALSO MANUFACTURED BY LITHGOW AND UNIT MARKED TO THE 6th MILITARY DISTRICT (TASMANIA).This Lithgow Pattern 1907 Bayonet is a superb museum quality example of the definitive Australian produced bayonet of the First World War and was manufactured in in 1917 by the LITHGOW Small Arms Factory in New South Wales.  It is fitted with a WW1 Pattern Number 1 Type II Scabbard, also produced by LITHGOW.  This bayonet was in use with Australian forces during both World Wars. During WW2 the bayonet was assigned for use with the 6th Military District (Tasmania) and is marked accordingly.  For reference, attached to this listing are two photographs showing the P1907 in use; one of a Lewis Gun Section manning a temporary position on Western Front during the German Spring Offensive in 1918 and the other of soldiers of the 22nd Light Horse Regiment of the 6th Military District marching through Hobart in 1941.

The markings are clearly visible, with the LITHGOW Small Arms Factory ‘shield 1907 L’ manufacture mark with Pattern 1907 acknowledgement mark and 1917 date stamped at the base of the blade.  Its worth noting that Lithgow bayonets produced before 1920 were only stamped with the year of manufacture.  On the other ricasso it is stamped with the large 'X' blade bending mark, 2 early Lithgow proof marks and an early Lithgow inspection mark.  The cross guard is stamped D Arrow D 6 for The 6th Military District.  This was an administrative district of the Australian Army in WW2 that covered all of Tasmania, with its headquarters in Hobart.

Early Lithgow Pattern 1907 bayonets were often unit marked and numbered to rifles on the crossguard or scabbard locket and this bayonet is no exception with the Department of Defence unit mark of the 6th Military District (Tasmania) D Arrow D 6 stamped on the crossguard along with the serial number 6883 (see picture).  The pommel is also marked with a very early series number; 86158,indicating that it was manufactured early in the 1917 before the advent of the ‘A’ series production run which followed the initial batch of 100,000 weapons (of which this is an example).The whole bayonet is in superb used condition. An almost identical bayonet is held in the collection of the Australian War Memorial as item: REL/16705 and can be viewed online at: http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/REL/16705    

Like all Lithgow bayonets manufactured before 1922 this bayonet was supplied without an oil hole in the pommel.  This is unusual in P1907’s as in mid 1916 instructions were issued to all British manufacturers to add this alteration to future production.  Armourers were also instructed to carry out this modification when bayonets were returned to store or submitted for repair.  This example was never drilled.

The hilt without the characteristic large clearance hole and 17-inch sharpened steel blade is in very good condition while the Number 1 Type II leather scabbard with its large circular frog stud is in very good original condition.  The blade, hilt and scabbard locket retain much of their original blued finish while the chape is patinated consistent with age and use.  The blade is particularly good for a bayonet of this age with only some very light wear and patination.  The pommel retains most of its original blued finish while the grips are WW2 replacements manufactured by Slazenger in 1941 and marked SLAZ 41.  The scabbard locket and chape are both faintly stamped with the LITHGOW manufacturers mark.  The leather body of the scabbard is also DoD marked; arrow D and dated 1917 (17) while the tan webbing frog is manufacturer marked and dated on its rear face: M.E.C. 1951 - see pictures.

This is superb Australian manufactured bayonet from a very highly regarded manufacturer in the very best condition: steel and wood hilt with a round steel press button and internal spring, two piece wood grips with circular oil hole, secured by two steel screw bolts, steel crossguard with muzzle ring and short quillon.  Single edged blued steel blade with round fullers, dated 1917.

Maker: Lithgow
Overall Length: 555.0 mm
Blade Length:  435.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  23.0 mm
Scabbard: Lithgow No1 Mk II WWI Pattern, Blued steel and black leather with large circular fixing stud.
Overall length of scabbard:  468.0 mm
Frog: Tan webbing – stamped M.E.C. 1951

From Australia, a museum quality First World War Lithgow Pattern 1907 produced in 1917 in first class original condition and marked to the 6th Military District. If you are after a top quality example of a WW1 Lithgow produced Pattern 1907, this is it.  You won’t find a better example. 

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.1000
Country of Origin Australian
Pattern Pattern 1907 Bayonet
Bayonet Type Sword
Maker Lithgow
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1917
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