Original U.S. WWI M1905 Springfield 16 inch Rifle Bayonet by Springfield Armory with M1910 Scabbard - dated 1908
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a true very nice condition 16” WWI M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by Springfield Armory, complete with an original M1910 Scabbard. It is dated 1908, being made during the pre-WWI period for the M1903 Springfield rifle. It is still in the original issued configuration, with the bright steel 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, and many bright bayonets on hand were blued to match. Many of these were reissued for use in WW2, and were parkerized and even cut down. This example however escaped post manufacture modification.
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 260022. The blade is in very good service used condition, showing sharpening of the edge and use. There are some nicks close to the tip of the blade. The handle and cross guard are a nice aged blue, and the original wooden grip scales are in good condition, with some of the factory "ribbed" surface intact on the right side.
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. The scabbard shows overall wear, and some staining from water exposure. There is some shrinking and damage to the rawhide inner cover of the wooden body, but overall it has a lovely service worn look.
A very nice service used example of the 16” WWI M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by SA, complete with scabbard! Ready to display or fit on your Springfield 1903 Rifle.
Blade Length: 16"
Blade Style: Single Edged with Fuller
Overall length: 20 1/2“
Crossguard: 3 1/2”
Scabbard Length: 17"
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