WW2 Australian made P-1907 SMLE Bayonet

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WW2 Australian made P-1907 SMLE Bayonet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:37 am

I was fortunate to recently receive this fine example of the standard issue bayonet used by Australian troops in the Second World War. The design is a copy of the original British P-1907 first used in 1908 to fit the 1903 SMLE rifle. It belonged to my Great Uncle who served in the Air Defence of Australia both domestically and overseas from 1942 to 45.
The bayonet is in amazing condition almost mint complete with 'frog' (belt attachment) and with a host of makings which we go through next.
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Re: WW2 Australian made P-1907 SMLE Bayonet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:43 am

The blade is in outstanding condition sharpened once and never used by the look of it. The photo's really don't do it justice.
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Re: WW2 Australian made P-1907 SMLE Bayonet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:55 am

The bayonet has the same dimensions as the British version of Blade Length 17 inches (432mm) and Overall 21.75 inches (552mm). The wooden hand grips are in great condition with Slaz 44 pressed into the surface. The wooden grips were manufactured by Slazenger Sporting Goods Co.Sydney from 1941.
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Re: WW2 Australian made P-1907 SMLE Bayonet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:26 am

Early bayonet manufacturing was carried out by the Lithgow Small Arms Factory but was moved to the Orange small arms factory in July 1942. Lithgow produced bayonets were stamped with 'MA' and Orange carried the stamping O/A for Orange Arsenal. Most bayonet production in WW2 was carried out by the Orange Arsenal.
Having said that this bayonet seems to carry both markings. Possibly manufactured in Lithgow and finished later in Orange or the stamp used carried the 'MA 1907 1' which may just be the pattern acknowledgement stamp incorporating the Lithgow designation. The first photo shows this stamp and the month and year of manufacture 9 '44.
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Re: WW2 Australian made P-1907 SMLE Bayonet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:37 am

This next photo shows the reverse side displaying the arrow of the Government Acceptance Mark, the X (bend test mark) and the O/A Orange Arsenal stamp.
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Re: WW2 Australian made P-1907 SMLE Bayonet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:50 am

The Orange Arsenal O/A stamp is also present on the pommel and on the scabbard at the throatpiece (covered by frog) and chape.
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Re: WW2 Australian made P-1907 SMLE Bayonet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:05 am

The scabbard is made of leather with a metal tip at the bottom and a metal mouthpiece at the top the receive the bayonet. The leather is stamped on the stitched side mangrovite '44. The leather scabbard was produced by a leather tannery firm called Mangrovite Belting Pty. Ltd.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my Orange Arsenal made P-1907 Bayonet :thumbsup:

Regards Mark.
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Re: WW2 Australian made P-1907 SMLE Bayonet

Postby The Devils Bank » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:46 pm

Certainly in mint condition mate :cool:

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Re: WW2 Australian made P-1907 SMLE Bayonet

Postby Andyb » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:16 pm

Another great bayonet Mark and especially since it belongs to your family. Your collection is superb and thank you for posting quality photos and thread . :thumbsup:

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Re: WW2 Australian made P-1907 SMLE Bayonet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:51 pm

Thanks Andy and Pete I appreciate your comments. Rest assured as long as I have the stuff I will keep posting :thumbsup: Regards Mark.

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