WW2 AUSTRALIAN OWEN MARK I BAYONET MANUFACTURED IN NOVEMBER 1944 AT THE LITHGOW SUBSIDIARY ORANGE ARSENAL AND ORIGINAL SHORTENED NUMBER 2 MARK I BROWN LEATHER SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY MANGROVITE BELTING PTY LTD TO FIT THE OWEN 9MM SUB MACHINE GUN. THIS BAYONET RETAINS ITS ORIGINAL PATTERN 38 WEBBING FROG. This rare bayonet, officially designated Bayonet S.
(Aust) No 1 Mk 1 , is in near mint original condition and was manufactured during the Second World War in May 1944 at Orange. The bayonet was designed for use with the Owen Sub-Machine Gun (SMG), an Australian manufactured 9mm weapon, produced to meet the requirements of Australian forces in the Pacific Theatre following their experience fighting the Japanese in New Guinea. It was also employed by Australian forces during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Australian War Memorial Photographs are attached for reference which show the Owen in use in both WW2 and Vietnam. At first, cut-down SMLE No. 1 bayonets were used with the Owen, but by late 1944 production of the first run of short bladed Owen Mk. 1 bayonets was underway at the Orange Arsenal in New South Wales. A subsequent and smaller batch were manufactured during the Korean War at Lithgow.This bayonet is from the WW2 production run. The purpose made Owen bayonet had a blade length of 253mm, and was clearly identifiable from the earlier cut-down version, by its short fullers which ended 85mm from the point (on the cut-downs they ran to the blade tip). The grips of most Owen bayonets are stamped'SLAZ', followed by the date which indicates the grips were made by Slazenger, another Australian firm.
While early batch Mk 1 Owen bayonets like this one, had a more tapered blade profile than that of the Pattern 1907, the second batch Lithgow have the Pattern 1907 profile point. For Reference, an excellent Australian War Memorial WWII photograph of a Digger carrying an Owen in Sanananda, New. The markings on this blade are clearly visible, with, on one ricasso, the'Broad Arrow' Government acceptance mark, the Orange Arsenal manufacturers stamp OA and. On the other ricasso is.The MA stamp and residual 1907 1 type mark. The MA initially stood for Made in Australia but was later defined as Munitions Australia.
The manufacture date for November 1944 (11 44). The hilt with both of its Slazenger 1944 manufactured hardwood grips stamped. And scabbard are in excellent original condition as is the 10 inch blade which still retains all of its bluing. The brown leather scabbard is also stamped and embossed with the Mangrovite Belting Pty Ltd stamp (MA) and manufacture date of 1944 (44) indicating that this bayonet and scabbard were paired on production (see pictures). The mouth of the locket is unmarked as is the original Pattern 38 tan webbing bayonet frog.
This is a rare first batch Orange manufactured Owen S. Mark 1 bayonet in superb original condition: steel and wood hilt with a round steel press button and internal spring, two piece mahogany wood grips manufactured by Slazenger and dated 1944, secured by two steel screw bolts, steel crossguard with muzzle ring and short quillon. Single edged unfullered steel blade, dated November 1944 (11 44). (at guard): 24.0 mm.
Blued steel - MANGROVITE 44 (1944) and OA stamped on locket and chape, and embossed brown leather with a circular fixing stud (makers stamp). This is an investment quality Australia Bayonet S.
(Aust) No 1 Mk 1 in near mint condition. You will not find a better example of one of these very rare bayonets and this is without doubt the best example I have ever listed.This item is listed on ANZACBLADE e-bay and on my website of the same name. The item "WW2 Australian Owen Mk1 Bayonet & Scabbard & Frog 1944 Superb & Near Mint" is in sale since Saturday, January 27, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\1939 - 1945 (WWII)". The seller is "anzacblade" and is located in Griffith, ACT. This item can be shipped worldwide.