Item:
ONSV2535

Original U.S. Army Model 1880 Entrenching Tool with Leather Sheath

Regular price $495.00

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Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is something that we have not had before! Developed during the same period of American "multi-use" military experimentation that produced the Springfield Trapdoor ramrod and trowel bayonets, the 1880 Entrenching Tool was meant to be issued in lieu of a field knife and a shovel.

The tool measures 12 3/4 inches overall, with a 8 1/4 inch long and 3 1/2 inch wide blade. This is fitted with an upturned spine and a rounded steel guard bar at the base. The ribbed grip is branded U.S. on the obverse, as is the leather covered steel sheath, which has a brass top fitting fitted with a an iron hanger loop. There is currently a steel ring in the loop, but we do not know if this is original.

This example is in very good condition, showing some oxidation and staining on the blade, with minor dings on the wood handle. There are scuffs on the leather, which is a dark aged brown, with a great patina of age. There are a few areas where the leather finish is worn through, but the stitching is solid. These were typically used, abused, and in some cases thrown away by the troops they were issued to, so examples in any condition are rare.

In very nice condition ready to display!

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