WW2 AUSTRALIAN MK1 PARATROOPERS MACHETTE BAYONET 1944
This is indeed a rare shed find. From the limited research that I have these machette bayonets were produced in 1944 at the small arms factory at Lithgow for the Australian Army and to be used by parachutists and other designated units and could be used as a bayonet, machette or entrenching tool. Only a few thousand were made and very few actually issued to combat troops. The production was halted at the end of WW2 and they were deemed unnecessary. Many would have been destroyed before being issued. They are so rare that they have been replicated with many of the replicas sold as original.
This example is an original and has seen use more than likely in New Guinea. It has the Broad Arrow stamp to the blade and is stamped 3082 to the pommel. The bayonet is in excellent condition and retains most of its original bluing. It comes with the original canvas scabbard that has deteriorated as shown in the images and supports its use in the field.
This is a rare item and is undoubtedly an original issued and worn item.