Australian 1919 Lithgow Pattern 1907 Bayonet & Scabbard (357)
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Australian 1919 Lithgow Pattern 1907 Bayonet & Scabbard (357):
This Pattern 1907 was for use with the .303 caliber Short, Magazine Lee- Enfield No 1 MKIII(SMLE) Rifle. The No 1 MKIII was the Australian mainstay through out both World Wars andafterwards. On blade is 1919 Lithgow. Bayonet production at Lithgow began in 1913 and ceased in1927,then resumed in 1940.Bayonet production was moved to Orange Arsenal in 1942 where most ofAustralia's WWII bayonets were produced. Lithgows wood production was moved to SlazengerSporting Goods Co. of Sydney in 1941 until mid 1960's. Grips produced at Slazenger are markedSLAZ. the Scabbard is of WWII Australian manufacture with three exposed rivets securing thethroat piece. The leather part of scabbard ( DOUBLE STITCHED) was produced by the Mangrovite Belting Pty. Ltd.in Sydney. Mangrovite started production in 1913 and continued to 1990's. This is an excellentexample of the Australian pattern 1907.