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    Default 1916 Lithgow Bayonet

    I picked up this 1916 Lithy bayo + mangrovite scabbard a few months back for less than the going price of the scabbard. Has 3 md marking, metal condition north of scabbard is a bit rough, blade would be very nice if someone didn't give it a hideous sharpening and the grips ... Look like they were installed by a caveman, would be a complement. Anyone ever seen anything like this? I like preserving anything military, so before I make the final split on these grips to remove them and cut fasteners (looks like they were split on installation ) I just wanted to be 100% sure what this was all about. Is this something disgraceful done by civillian, or hurriedly done in the field? As I said I like keeping things in military nick but this looks embarrassing
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    Looks like the caveman used carved-up fence palings for grips , and honed his bronze - age skills on the rivets. Definately not military.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doogal View Post
    Looks like the caveman used carved-up fence palings for grips , and honed his bronze - age skills on the rivets. Definately not military.
    Thats what I thought. I've never seen grips on a p1907 put on with rivets, and I've never seen rivets quite like this on anything... Ever. They look like they were forged and installed a couple thousand years before bayonets were even invented. Luckily the blade is still full length.
    Cheers

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    Original grips would have been Queensland Maple, quite light in colour but they go dark with age and grease.Almost impossible to find.But there are lots of later Coachwood grips made by Slazenger (marked SLAZ and the year) as fitted to Lithgow bayonets from 1941 onwards available on e-bay, often with screws.

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    You could also get away with English walnut grips! Has it been refurbished (year & month on pommel). How bad is the sharpening to the blade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doogal View Post
    Original grips would have been Queensland Maple, quite light in colour but they go dark with age and grease.Almost impossible to find.But there are lots of later Coachwood grips made by Slazenger (marked SLAZ and the year) as fitted to Lithgow bayonets from 1941 onwards available on e-bay, often with screws.
    Doogal are you sure Queensland maple?

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    Early 1916 may have used English walnut, but I have a couple of 1916 with maple. The one in this link is not date stamped but would be 1916 by the number, It looks like Maple.
    http://forums.gunboards.com/showthre...ithgow-Bayonet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doogal View Post
    Early 1916 may have used English walnut, but I have a couple of 1916 with maple. The one in this link is not date stamped but would be 1916 by the number, It looks like Maple.
    http://forums.gunboards.com/showthre...ithgow-Bayonet
    Sorry mate you are right. Looking at my phone without glasses I thought the thread was about a 1915 lithgow.

    Yep 1916 Queensland maple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianR View Post
    You could also get away with English walnut grips! Has it been refurbished (year & month on pommel). How bad is the sharpening to the blade?
    No refurb dates. Blueing on blade might have been redone at some point, sharpening job is sloppy. I will post pics of full blade when I get back into town.
    Cheers

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