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    Posted: November 23 2018 at 7:41am
Got these from my grandfather when he passed away in 2006 and never did anything with them.  I recently picked them up from my fathers house to do some research on them.

Here are some pictures.





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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2018 at 4:14am
A nice set of bayonnets you have there.
The one on the left is I believe a Lithgow of Australia.
On the right is JAC which is J.A. Chapman, made in March 1916
I can't make out the one in the middle
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote terrylee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2018 at 5:15am
Nice bayonets.  With the MA stamp and dated 1942, the one on the left is also an Australian Lithgow.
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Sorry, the one in the middle.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2018 at 12:43pm
Well spotted Terrylee. I did not spot the MA on the middle one.
Are all Lithgow bayonnets stamped upside down compared to the UK made ones? Is it a down under thing?
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Zed,  I don't think there was any rule concerning the orientation of the markings, though virtually all were the same as the Chapman. The only exceptions of which I am aware were the WW I Lithgow as shown and those produced in South Africa during WW II.  Should you be interested, I can post a photo covering the standard 17" makers' markings. (Actually, I think that I may shown it previously)



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I only have a couple of WWI Sanderson made 1907's; but obviously there are lot of variations for collectors to find. There is a good website for bayonnet identification that I found recently; don't have the link to hand at the moment though.
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thought i posted to this yesterday - but i see it did not take , very nice , and very nice looking scabbords as well , would like to see the studs , almond shaped are early and round are later , 
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Those are very nice.  I,m on the lookout for a 1907 like yours.
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Hi guys I'm new to this forum and I'll apologise now if what I'm about to put up is for some reason not in the correct section.
I've recently bought this 1907 ( again apologies if pics fail to upload) with a hooked Quillon it's unit marked to what I believe is the 5th Oxford and Buckinghamshires 
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That is how I would read the unit markings too. Issue date of 1911?
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many thanks for the reply I did try to upload more pics but it would only let me do that one, 
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Cant be 1911 issue date. The bayonet is manufacture dated June 1912!

Very nice to see still with its hooked quillion.

This one must have been hiding.
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agreed - very late to still have its quillon , very nice example tho , 

i read the markings the same as well , but seems something is cancelled as well ? or am i seeing things ? 
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Could that be the matching rifles number?? Then possibly crossed out and a new one added??
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more likely a change of service as these were not matched to the rifles , bayonetes were issued seperately as any other bit of kit , 
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