Original U.S. WWI M1905 Springfield 16 inch Rifle Bayonet by Springfield Armory with M1910 Scabbard - dated 1909
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a true Excellent Condition 16” WWI M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by Springfield Armory, complete with an original M1910 Scabbard. It is dated 1909, 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 WWII-era M1 Garand was designed to take the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of WWII, many were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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, and does not appear to have been reissued for WWII use.
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 still has the original Pre-1909 "Bright" finish on the blade, with a clear delineation between the blued grip and 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 1909. The other side of the ricasso is marked with U.S. above serial number 432588. The blade is in great shape with a nice edge, and most likely the original arsenal edge. The handle and cross guard are a nice aged blue, and the original wooden grip scales are in good condition, with a good deal of the factory "ribbed" surface intact, and no cracks to see.
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 overall is quite clean with the leather still supple.
An Excellent example of the 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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