Original U.S. WWI M1905 Springfield 16" Rifle Bayonet by Rock Island Arsenal with M1910 Scabbard - dated 1906

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a true Very good Condition 16” WWI M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by Rock Island Arsenal, complete with an original M1910 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 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 bright bayonets on hand were blued to match, such as this one. Many of these were reissued for use in WW2, and were parkerized and even cut down, but this one was not.

The blade ricasso is marked with R.I.A. for the Rock Island Arsenal, on Arsenal Island in Rock Island, Illinois. The arsenal began production in the 1880s, and is currently largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. Below this is the Ordnance flaming bomb and date of manufacture 1906. The other side of the ricasso is marked with US, without a serial number, as only Springfield Armory serial numbered these bayonets.  The blade is in great shape with a nice edge, and no sharpening apparent. 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 on both scales, and no cracks.

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 RIA, complete with scabbard! Ready to display or fit on your Springfield 1903 Rifle.

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