Original U.S. WWI M1905 Springfield 16 inch Rifle Bayonet marked SA with M1906 Scabbard - dated 1906

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a true very good Condition 16” WWI M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by Springfield Armory, complete with an original M1906 Leather-Covered Scabbard. It is dated 1906, being made during the pre-WWI period for the M1903 Springfield rifle. It is still in the original issued configuration, with a bright steel 16 inch blade, blued handle and cross guard, and wooden grip scales. 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. It is still in the original production configuration.

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 1906. The other side of the ricasso is marked with U.S. above serial number 142752.  The blade is in very good condition, with a great finish, and the expected small stains from being over 100 years old. The handle and cross guard are a nice aged blue, and the original wooden grip scales are in good condition, with most of the original "Ribbed" texture. There is however a crack on the right side scale.

The scabbard included is an original WWI issue M1906 scabbard, which are VERY hard to find. Most were discarded or converted to use standard belt hooks. The design was based partly on the Springfield-Krag bayonet scabbard, with a somewhat had to use belt clip. 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, though it looks to have suffered a bend at some point. It is still rigid however, so it may just be a leather artifact.

A great example of the 16” WWI M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by SA, complete with rare early issue scabbard! Ready to display or fit on your Springfield 1903 Rifle.

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