Original U.S. WWI M1905 Springfield 16 inch Rifle Bayonet marked S.A. with M1910 Scabbard - dated 1917
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 1917, being made during the WWI period for the M1903 Springfield rifle. It is still in the original issued configuration, with the 16 inch bright steel 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 bright bayonets on hand were blued to match. Many of these were also reissued for use in WWII, 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 1917. The other side of the ricasso is marked with U.S. above serial number 737921. The blade is in very good condition, with a lovely bright steel finish, though it does show a lot of past cleaning and polishing. The handle and cross guard have a nice aged blued finish, with a few areas of light surface rust. The original wooden grip scales are in good condition, with some of the original ribbed texture present.
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. It still has the original retaining hooks on the back of the scabbard. The canvas has however torn out of the leather end piece, and the stitching is rotted out as well. It looks like the end piece may have been glued onto the internal scabbard.
A good 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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