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    Posted: February 04 2024 at 5:06pm
 I know a machete is not a bayonet but it is a British war time blade. I was wondering if anyone on this forum could chime in?  I have a machete that is stamped: 
1945 dated (broad arrow) TT&co. S 
Could the maker be Thomas Turner &Co. Sheffield? I read that Viners bought Turner before the war. Were they still using the name? 

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Originally posted by Jturn Jturn wrote:

 I know a machete is not a bayonet but it is a British war time blade. I was wondering if anyone on this forum could chime in?  I have a machete that is stamped: 
1945 dated (broad arrow) TT&co. S 
Could the maker be Thomas Turner &Co. Sheffield? I read that Viners bought Turner before the war. Were they still using the name?

Pictures would help.  In Mr. Skennerton's book "The Broad Arrow" there is no mention of Thomas Turner & Co. that I could find.  Viners is listed in the book but only as the manufacturer of bayonets.  There is a TT co. listed, the Teddy Toy Company who apparently made webgear.  In David Gordon's excellent book "Equipment of the WWII Tommy" he mentions British manufactured machetes that have blades of 17 1/2 inches with overall lengths of 22 1/2 inches with black plastic handles.  There will be stamps of AF0100, broad arrow, maker name and date.  Mr. Gordon says there were at least 6 manufacturers making these machetes during 1945, unfortunately he doesn't list them.
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Thank you sapper, I’ll try and post some pics tonight. I do know mine is the 18” blade but has a replacement wood handle. I want to say that I read on the forum that Turner made some metal parts on the No.4 rifle (via a mfg. code?).
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