Original U.S. WWI M-1912 Springfield Fencing Trainer Bayonet by Rock Island Arsenal - dated 1914

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. These are very rare and very hard to come by, especially in such nice condition. Initially introduced as the Model 1906, it featured a leather covered straight spring steel blade with a leather covered loop in the blade on the front. The rear has two muzzle rings which by using clamping screws to secure the practice bayonet to the front of the rifle. In 1912 it was determined that the bayonet worked better by turning the blade portion through 90 degrees. These were often called "Fencing bayonets", and were used for man to man training.

Our example is in wonderful condition overall. The leather is still supple and has a great aged brown color, with the stitching all intact. There is some wear on the tip and edges, but that is to be expected on training bayonet of this age. It is marked with R.I.A. over 1914, indicating manufacture at Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois in 1914. Underneath this is inspector stamp T.C.C. for Thomas C. Carroll, an inspector at R.I.A. during WWI, who worked at the arsenal in various capacities from 1891 to 1923. Below this is another inspection stamp, which we cannot read clearly, but appears to be C.M.B..

See THE AMERICAN BAYONET by Albert N. Hardin Jr. page 192, published in 1964 for more information.

In just A-ONE condition this is a rare U.S. Bayonet, ready to display.
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