AUSTRALIA


1907 Hooked Quillion (Australian)
 
Total length = 552 mm                  Blade length =430 mm              Blade width = 23 mm              MRD = 16.6 mm                           

1907 made by Lithgow, complete with early hooked quillion. The Australians continued to make the quillioned ones later than the UK but still made very small numbers. This is made in 1914, a year later than the UK stopped production.

Bayonet is unit marked but does not match the scabbard

Frog is a modified Ross frog, and it came with the bayonet.

The damage to the point is very old .


1907 Hooked Quillion (UK)
 
Total length = 552 mm                  Blade length =430 mm              Blade width = 23 mm              MRD = 16.6 mm                           

Quillioned 1907 Naval marked but some marking seem to indicate Australian use

 

Pommel mark, 3? 3 is also district for Victoria mark seen on throat piece see below

 

 

AC maker is early scabbard producer, scabbard has N mark so is probably the original scabbard, probably with chape replaced with external chape rather than early internal one.

 

 

Scabbard shows Sold from Service mark, was it sold to Australia?

 

N mark on ricasso rather than the later pommel marks seen, this is period correct

Victoria mark on throat has similar 4 digit serial to pommel although not matched but close

10 1908 shows very early made example


No1
 
Total length = 552 mm                  Blade length =430 mm              Blade width = 23 mm              MRD = 16.6 mm                           
Australian 1907 dble.jpg (59924 bytes)Australian 1907 dble ricasso stamps.jpg (79930 bytes)Australian 1907 dble stitch scabbard detail.jpg (71305 bytes) 1920 Lithgow made with double stitched scabbard

 

Ricasso marks on Lithgow

 

 

Stitch line on both sides of scabbard

Australia M1907.jpg (52790 bytes)

M1907 with buff leather frog


1907 Korean war rework
 
Total length = 552 mm                  Blade length =430 mm              Blade width = 23 mm              MRD = 16.6 mm                           
Double stitched scabbard reworked with large round WWII press stud and phosphate finish. These scabbards were only made for a couple of years in the early 20's so it is strange to see one reworked post WWII as it was an obsolete pattern by then. Throat has been replaced but chape is possibly original period piece, interestingly there is no makers marks on the leather

R marks and ^ indicate post WWII rework 

Blade point shows heavy wear to phosphate finish. I suspect that this is from use in Bayonet practice as it is limited to the point and is longitudinal

Blade is WWII manufacture

and has all normal WWII marks


1907
 
Total length = 552 mm                  Blade length =430 mm              Blade width = 23 mm              MRD = mm                           
AUstralian No6 trial cross guard.jpg (71126 bytes) No6 trials?

 

What appears to be a 17" No6 trials bayonet, however there are dimensional differences and a lack of markings. The poor quality blade is more like the South African 1907 in forging quality so is probably a fake. Late pattern cross guard with large muzzle ring used for Jungle Carbine trials )

Australian Identification is tentative based on style but quality would point to elsewhere as source


1907 with MkII Paratrooper Grips
 
Total length = 552 mm                  Blade length =430 mm              Blade width = 23 mm              MRD = 16.6 mm                           

This 1944 made Australian 1907 (Mk1) has been fitted with the Bakelite grips from the MkII Machete bayonet. It is unlikely that this is a trials piece and more likely a "lunch box special" made by a worker in the factory. Scabbard is a reworked WWI pattern scabbard (note the acorn frog stud) with 2MD markings on the throat. Grips are original as fake machete's are based on the MkI version that used standard 1907 wooden grips


Commando?
Sold as a "rare" WWII commando fighting knife

 

Shortened 1907 blade uses "point" of blade rather than more common tang/ricasso portion of broken blade. Crude welding of blade to cross guard

 

 

Original pommel markings left intact


Paratrooper Bayonet,
Total length = 408 mm                  Blade length =287 mm              Blade width = 30 mm              MRD = 16.5 mm                           
Another attempt to make a bayonet a more multi purpose tool. This is a real one to compare against my fake
 
Total length = 408 mm                  Blade length =287 mm              Blade width = 30 mm              MRD = 16.5 mm                           

Reproduction Machete Bayonet MkI

 

based on the 1907 hilt with an all new machete style blade, these were trialed but saw only limited numbers made

 

 

 

Canvas scabbard has integral web frog. Some Reproductions can be found with original scabbards as it seems more scabbards were made than blades


Owen Machine gun Bayonet
Total length = 377 mm                  Blade length =255 mm              Blade width = 24 mm              MRD = 18 mm                           

Australia Owen Machine gun M1944.jpg (57228 bytes)

made from 1907 blade as original stamps just visible


US M7
 
Total length = mm                  Blade length =  Blade width = MRD = 
 for the M16 used by Australia 


LIA2
 
Total length = mm                  Blade length =  Blade width = MRD = 
Australia L1A2 close up.jpg (68653 bytes) with pouch type "frog"

 

L1A2 Steel grips, round ended fullers, and extended button, compare with UK L1A1, 3 and 4. Much higher quality than the UK made versions

 

M9
 
Total length = mm                 Blade length = mm             Blade width =  mm             MRD =  mm                           
M9 bayonet supplied by Buck to Australia at the start of the adoption of the M9 into US service