The bayonet was designed at the Lithgow Small Arms factory in Australia starting around 1913, just prior to WWI. Table of Contents. Two Unknown bayonets based on the 1907 pattern blade: Although this bayonet uses a 1907 pattern blade there are no makers marks etc on the blade, only a bending mark. To accompany those rifles, Remington manufactured the 1,243,000 Pattern 1913 bayonets and Winchester produced 225,000. Lithgow bayonets manufactured before 1922 were supplied without an oil hole (in the pommel. Mark of William Clarkson. I put my hand on this rare Vickers P1907 bayonet. Upon the outbreak of World War I the British authorities adapted the Pattern 1913 Enfield to the .303 British cartridge, creating the Pattern 1914 Enfield rifle, and contracts were awarded to the United States arms manufacturers Winchester, Remington and Eddystone for the rifle's production. 85% blue, Very good grips, British India Pattern No. 3rd Military District issue markings on bayonet and scabbard, the latter dated 1942. Some rare, some extremely so, but all are definitely very collectible. Hoffmeister won a Distinguished Service Order for his actions in Sicily. II and No. Hewetson Shoe Company. Lithgow 1918 dated. The combined length of the SMLE and the in-service Pattern 1903 bayonet and its 12-inch (300 mm) blade was 4 feet 9 inches (1.45 m), shorter than the contemporary French Lebel Model 1886 and bayonet at 6 feet (1.8 m) and the German Mauser 1898 at 5 feet 10 inches (1.77 m) and bayonet. Hmmm – Could be that it was captured during a battle and a Japanese soldier added some lettering. Around 1 in 3 of the captives died. Original Pinner's caption: Lt-Col Bert Hoffmeister (in profile), wearing his Seaforth Highlander balmoral and shoulder flash in Sicily. It remained in Australian and Indian service for some time after 1945. There are several ways to try to determine the age of the bayonet by looking at the various markings. Current list of collectible bayonets from British Commonwealth for sale to bayonet collectors. Dated April 1943 (4 '43). The variations in inspection stamps contains enough material for a book in itself. Manufacturer: SMLE. , Upon their entry into World War I, the United States military adapted the Pattern 1914 Enfield rifle to the .30-06 Springfield cartridge to make up for shortfalls in production of the Model 1903 Springfield rifles, creating the substitute standard Model 1917 Enfield rifle. I have a 303 baynet with the marking 190 over one,then 11 43.on the other side w.d stamp and then x oa.this has been in the loft since the end of the war ,I was given it and would like to know about it. II and the India Pattern No. This example was made in 1907 at Rock Island Arsenal. Originally the bayonet featured a hooked lower quillion, intended to be used to trap and snap enemy bayonets when grappling, this was later deemed impractical and replaced with a simpler design from 1913, often unit armourers subsequently removed the hooked quillion when the bayonet went for repair, although there is no evidence that this was officially directed. The “SLAZ” wording means that the bayonet was made at the Slazenger factory starting in 1941. Using the Images below and looking at the pattern, year and manufacturer marks will help in determining age. If it has a Coachwood handle, then it was probably from 1941 until they stopped making them. This pattern bayonet began issue when the SMLE was introduced in 1907. What also seems to be really valuable are the scabbards, these seem sometimes to be worth more than the bayonets themselves. 1907 Bayonet with Hooked Quillion & Sheath # 600851 $69.95 The blade, which includes British markings, is made from high carbon steel properly tempered for holding a razor edge. Original Very Fine + RIA 1919 Dated Rifle Bayonet and Canvas Scabbard' Made: 1919 / Rock Island, Il Maker: Rock Island Arsenal Model: 1903 Condition: VG-Exc Qty: Price: $575 USD US M-1903 Springfield Rifle Bayonet W/S . From 1907 – 1915 most of the Lithgow 1907 Bayonet’s had a what is called a hooked quillion (hilt). British Pattern 1907 manufactured in 1917 by Wilkinson Sword Co. In some instances the early bayonets will have had their hooked quillions removed. Lithgow bayonets produced before 1920 were only stamped with the year of manufacture. , The combined length of the SMLE and Pattern 1907 bayonet was 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m). Another way to determine age is to look at the wood. The Pattern 1907 bayonet attached to the SMLE by a boss located below the barrel on the nose of the rifle and a mortise groove on the pommel of the bayonet. A less common variation of the 1907 bayonet. The battles of Kohima and Impal (India/Burma) were major ones with significant casualties on both sides. The blade shows sound markings, sharpening and usage marks. The India Pattern No. 1906: 848-191848 1907: 193367-241238 1908: 243450-356683 The new design was designated Sword bayonet, pattern 1907 (Mark I) and was officially introduced on 30 January 1908. Lawrance Ordnance. Product #: 1089680 Kohima is sometimes referred to as the “Stalingrad of the East.”. , Official marks were stamped onto the Pattern 1907 bayonet's ricasso. "Sword Bayonet for US produced .303 calibre Enfield Pattern 1914 rifle & Pattern 1913 (second type, US production)", SMLE No.1 Mk III* & Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pattern_1907_bayonet&oldid=972865763, World War II infantry weapons of the United Kingdom, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 14 August 2020, at 05:35. Dated to 1911 and with numerous markings to the blade fortes. I am a happy owner of the Lithgow 1907 Bayonet. , In 1906–7 the British Army conducted trials to find a new longer standard issue bayonet. The edge was service sharpened. Armorers were also instructed to carry out this modification when bayonets were returned to store or submitted for repair. Since Italian and American Walnut was initially used, that is an indication that the bayonet was probably made before 1916. ... Reference: BCB B153 In the form of a 1860 short rifle bayonet. Original Item: Few Available. Thanks, Dan. , In 1926 the 1907 bayonet was reclassified as the 'Bayonet, No.1, Mk.1', The Pattern 1913 bayonet was designed to be used with the experimental Pattern 1913 Enfield. 1 Mk. Wood grips held by two rivets. Experiments were conducted with a number of foreign bayonet designs, including a modified version of the American Model 1905 bayonet and the Japanese Type 30 bayonet. The reason for the hooked quillion was to snap an opponents blade should an enemy lock bayonets with the 1907. The Black Watch were part of Cdn 2nd Division. "Pattern 1917 Sword Bayonet and Scabbard". Iconic British WW1 Pattern 1907 bayonet made in 1917 by the Wilkinson Sword company. The Model 1917 bayonet was adopted unchanged to be used with United States Army combat shotguns, after the war, the M1917 bayonet was retained for use with combat shotguns, it remained in United States service until the 1980s. The left side of … Over 2,000,000 Model 1917 bayonets were manufactured in the United States during the war, including 545,000 Pattern 1913 bayonets manufactured for but not delivered to the British military, that were simply re-stamped as Model 1917 bayonets. 1905 Springfield (SA) Serial Numbers. "B" marks originate at RSAF Birmingham, "E" from Enfield "S" from Solingen (pre 1885) or Sheffield (Post 1885), "L" from Liege etc. The wooden grips of World War II era Australian bayonets were often marked 'SLAZ' for Slazenger, who made the grips during that war. Australian bayonets differed in the manufacturer's marks, with 'Lithgow' (Lithgow Small Arms Factory), 'MA' (Mangrovite Arsenal) and 'OA' (Orange Arsenal). By the early years of the 20th century, experience had shown that the days of long rifles were effectively over and something shorter and ‘handier’ than the ‘Long Lee’ was needed. Complete with it's … This bayonet rides in a leather and steel scabbard with round frog stud. "Bayonets for the Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield rifles". Blade Width (at guard): 23.0 mm I*, the India Pattern No. $120.00. The left side of the pommel shows the South African U broad arrow property mark. I** is almost identical except a false blade 2 in (51 mm) long is ground into the top of the blade, both were recognisable as the fuller than now ran the length of the blade. Any ideas? i was unable to find any viable makers marks. It should also have the date of the manufacturing. The markingon the bayonet are different from anything I saw on your webpage: http://hangtenseo1.wpengine.com/lithgow-1907-bayonet/ On British manufactured bayonets the right side included an 'X' bend-test mark, a broad arrow government acceptance mark, and one or more Royal Small Arms Factory appointed inspector's marks, on the left side was the date of the bayonet's official inspection and the maker's name and the reigning monarch's crown and royal cypher, 'ER' (Edward Rex) and after 1910 'GR' (George Rex). Leave the search box empty to find all products, or enter a search term to find a specific product. $175.50. Those Pattern 1907 Sword Bayonets already in service, were not covered by … or Best Offer. Bayonet History Timeline —read about key milestones in the bayonet's history, from the 1500s to the present day.. Bayonet Terminology —diagrams showing the basic terminology used to describe bayonets, scabbards, and frogs.. Glossary of Bayonet Terms— definitions of common bayonet terms. The P-1907 replaced the earlier P-1903 bayonet, which was a double edged bayonet based on the P-1888 bayonet of the Lee-Metford rifle. Wounded, but smiling soldiers enjoy a cup of soup after being treated. Represents the mark of a factory inspector at critical points during the production process. IMA has received a small delivery of these hard to find British WW1 P-1907 Bayonets for the No.1 MkIII Enfield rifle, often called the SHT.LE, SMLE, S.M.L.E., "Smelly" etc. III and the India Pattern No. Grips are fixed using oval washers and a single sided screw, these are similar to the Japanese Arisaka fittings. As mentioned in the previous article on the bayonets (Bayonet Points #10), the bayonets can be found with Canadian and Danish markings. Get the best deals on British 1907 Bayonet when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. 1 Mk. 1 Mk. Overall length of scabbard: 468.0 mm. Their site is chalk full of good stuff, so definitely check them out! Below, thanks to Lawrance Ordnance, located in Sidney, Australia, they have put together what I consider to be one of the best detailed overviews of Manufacturer and Examiner marks out there for the Lithgow 1907 Bayonet. With an 1907 … Bayonets from Selected Countries of the World updated March 4, 2008: Help us keep this Identification Service alive. 1 Mk. View Marks - often found in large numbers. It is similar to what the British did with their Broad Arrow marks. 1 Mk. If the bayonet has Queensland Maple, then it was probably made between 1916-1941. Come back often and please comment or contact us. I have seen ones that were in pretty bad condition go for over $500. II* except they had crude squared pommels, rectangular grips and were finished with black paint. No British markings at all make it an excellent candidate for CW use. II* were newly manufactured versions with 12.2 inch blades that had no fuller, the latter having a false blade on top side, both retained the Pattern 1907 hilt and grip. “Australia” was inscribed on the handles after the second world war for bayonets bound for other countries like the United States. The Lee Metford… Queensland Maple would continue to be used until about 1941. , When the British military adopted the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle, its barrel was shortened to 25.2 inches (640 mm), 5 inches (130 mm) shorter than the preceding Magazine Lee-Enfield. Bayonet Madness Middle - Makers Names. Rarity: R2 Condition: VG Price: $225 The entire bayonet was 21 3⁄4 inches (550 mm) long and weighed 16 1⁄2 ounces (470 g), although the weight of production models varied from 16 to 18 ounces (450 to 510 g). The Lithgow 1907 Bayonet would become Australia’s staple weapon along with it’s counter part, the Enfield No1 Mark III rifle. These are quite rare and as such cost quite a bit. 1 Mk. Manufactured at Orange Arsenal (OA marked) with bend mark X and Australian broad arrow markings. Metal scabbard with no finish remaining and a couple of heavy dents on the front side. Lee Enfield bayonet Type 1903 – Top 2 1903, Bottom 1903 converted from 1888 Blade Length: 435.0 mm It is similar to what the British did with their Broad Arrow marks. Visit our Shopping Site pages and buy from us direct or visit our Books for Sale pages and buy research materials from one of our affiliates. We would be happy to hear what you have found and would love to hear your experiences. III* were similar to the No. a nice piece of history. , The Pattern 1907 bayonet was supplied with a simple leather scabbard flitted with a steel top-mount and chape, it was usually carried from the belt by a simple frog. If you own one and want to sell it, you can expect to make $300-$2000 depending on condition. 0 bids. VG condition, MAGROVITE manufacture with distinctive Australian green paint visible on locket. The result was the Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee Enfield– SMLE for short, affectionately known as the ‘smellie’. Thanks for visiting Antique Outings. The makers were Wilkinson Sword, Sanderson Brothers & Newbould Ltd, James A. Chapman, Robert Mole & Sons and Vickers Ltd. Additionally, Remington UMC produced approximately 100,000 during the war. A 1907 pattern SMLE bayonet, by Wilkinson, in its scabbard. Ending Tuesday at 11:00AM PST 1d 12h. Soldiers were drilled in various stances and parrying techniques against an enemy also armed with rifle and bayonet. The India Pattern No. In November of 1941 production was switch over to Slazenger and Queesland Maple was replaced by Coachwood. Late - 1-3 letter coded. , Indian bayonets were marked similarly to British bayonets except the royal cypher read 'GRI' (George Rex Imperator) and the manufacturer's mark was 'R.F.I.' all length, with proper stamps on both sides of ricasso. Description: Wilkinson 1907 bayonet built 10/1915 inspected 1919 and probably transferred to South Africa at that time. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. They were fixed to the SMLE rifle and used by several nations. Perhaps he is temporarily attached. Ending Monday at 9:17AM PST 11h 9m. 0 bids. The entire bayonet was 21 ⁄4 inches (550 mm) long and weighed 16 ⁄2 ounces (470 g), although the weight of production models varied from 16 to 18 ounces (450 to 510 g). 1 Mk. As evidenced by the markings, the bayonet and scabbard have likely been together continuously since manufacture in 1907. I have also seen reproductions, so you have to be especially careful when buying them. While the length of the rifle was being reduced, it was felt that maintaining ‘reach’ with a bayonet fitted was also important. Makers marks on Nazi period 84/98 bayonets (K98). I have a Australian Lithgow Lee Enfield No. Like the Model 1917 rifles, the bayonets and scabbards were widely distributed during WW2 to other countries. Initially Italian and American Walnut was used for the hilts (The wood on the hilts is often referred to as furniture) and then starting around 1916 Queensland Maple was used. Model: NO 1 MKIII, NO 4 MKI. Clearly marked, with scabbard. Double edged blade with staining and light sharpening. The markings read: First line: MK I Second line: NW F (I think it is an F) Third Line: 42 It includes a bayonet with shealth. $12.95 shipping. The Pattern 1907 bayonet, officially called the Sword bayonet, pattern 1907 (Mark I), was a British bayonet designed to be used with the Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) rifle. We have lots of stuff to look at and share. 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