Original U.S. WWI M1905 Springfield 16 inch Rifle Bayonet by Springfield Armory with M1905 Scabbard by R.I.A. - Dated 1907/8

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is not something that we have had in quite some time! This is a very good condition U.S. M1905 bayonet dated 1908, originally made towards the end of WWI for the M1903 Springfield Rifle, which was then reissued in WWII for the M1 Garand Rifle. It is fitted with an original M1905 leather covered scabbard, dated 1907. These are very rarely seen on today's market.

The M1 Garand was designed to take the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles. Later in 1942 to keep up with wartime production, new orders for M1905 bayonets with plastic grips were sent out, which had plastic ribbed grips. These were also sometimes fitted to M1905 bayonets made previously that had damage to their wooden grips. This bayonet however still has its original wooden grips.

In 1943, the specification for bayonets was changed to have a 10 inch blade, and many M1905 bayonets were shortened to this length. This bayonet however is still in the original configuration, which is rare to find on the market today. It was however blued at some point, so it no longer has the original issue "bright" blade.

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 1908. The other side of the ricasso is marked with U.S. above serial number 269893.  The blade is in great shape with a nice edge, without any major nicks we can see. The wooden grip scales are also in very nice condition, with a great color, and most of the original factory ribbed texture remaining.

The original M1905 Scabbard is marked R.I.A. / 1907 / F.P.B. on the leather, just below the throat on the rear of the scabbard. This indicates original manufacture at Rock Island Arsenal in 1907. The “F.P.B.” marking identifies leather goods inspector, F.P. Baumbach, whom records indicate began employment at the Arsenal in 1899. The scabbard is definitely well used, with leather deterioration around the top. The throat and belt hanger do have surface rusting, very common for bayonets of this age. The later M1910 Scabbard had more brass components, making it more resilient to the elements.

A very nice clean 16” WWI M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by Springfield Armory, complete with an original M1905 scabbard from RIA. Ready to display with your WWI Issue Springfield M1903 Rifle!

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