Original U.S. WWI M1905 RIA Bayonet Dated 1911, M1910 Scabbard and M1910 Cartridge Belt
Original Item: Only One Set Available. This is an excellent early example of the Model 1905 bayonet designed for use with the Springfield 1903 rifle. The bayonet is dated in 1911 by Rock Island Arsenal serial numbered 203971 (correct for production in 1911). Offered in overall excellent condition with a near perfect blade (parkerized shortly after WW1), complete original walnut grip panels. The M1910 scabbard has a near mint inner hard gut scabbard with excellent canvas sleeve (no holes, un-split leather toe) and canvas adjustable extension frog for use on horseback.
Also included in this set is an original late war Belt, cartridge, dismounted M1910 with Lift-the-Dot fasteners and no charger retaining straps. It is marked MILLS 1916 and is fair condition with stains from long storage wear and one cartridge compartment top cover flap partially torn.
History of the M-1905 bayonet:
The M1905 Bayonet was one of the U.S. most widely used bayonet used in both WW1 and WW2. Originally designed to fit the M1903 Springfield Rifle, early versions (up until 1918) of the M1905 bayonet had what is referred to as bright, bare metal blade. These 16-inch blades included a wooden hand grip. After 1918-1922 the blades were Parkerized (phosphate anti-corrosive finish) and Blued and the grips were made from black walnut. From 1922-1939 production was halted. During World War 2 production resumed again. The new bayonets would be produced with Bakelite (plastic) black or sometimes brownhand grips. These newer bayonets would sometimes be referred to as M1942, that being the year they were made, but in reality they were still M1905 bayonets with just a modification to the hand grips.
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