Original U.S. WWI M1905 Springfield 16 inch Rifle Bayonet by S.A. with Named M1910 Scabbard - dated 1918
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a true 16” WWI M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by Springfield Armory, complete with an original M1910 Scabbard. It is dated 1918, being made during WWI for the M1903 Springfield rifle. It is still in the original issued configuration, with the blued 16 inch blade, blued handle and cross guard, and wooden grip scales. The M1905 was originally designed with a bright steel blade, but upon U.S. entry into WWI in 1917, the specification was changed to a fully blued bayonet. Many of these were reissued for use in WW2, and were parkerized and even cut down, but this one was not.
The blade ricasso is marked with SA, for the Springfield Armory in Springfield Mass, the primary center for the manufacture of United States military firearms from 1777 until its closing in 1968. Below this is the Ordnance flaming bomb and date of manufacture 1918. The other side of the ricasso is marked with U.S. above serial number 958304, with an eagle cartouche. The blade is in good condition, though it definitely has seen use, as indicated by the many small nicks in the factory edge. There are also some small areas of pitting and wear to the finish. The handle and cross guard are a nice aged blue, and the original wooden grip scales are in good condition, with a good amount of the factory "ribbed" surface intact, and no cracks, chips, or large dents.
The scabbard included is an original WWI issue M1910 scabbard, which has a raw-hide clad wooden inner scabbard, with a steel throat. The scabbard still has the canvas and leather "sleeve", which is so often missing. The retaining hooks are still intact, so the bayonet locks securely into the scabbard. It also is marked in paint on the back with I.A. SWIFT, presumably the soldier who it was issued to.
A very nice 16” WWI M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by SA, complete with scabbard! Ready to display or fit on your Springfield 1903 Rifle.
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