Original U.S. WWI M1905 Springfield Rifle Bayonet by S.A. with WWII M3 Scabbard - Bayonet Dated 1918

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. We have only had a few of these rare sets previously, and they are definitely hard to come by. This is an excellent U.S. M1905 bayonet dated 1918, originally made for the M1903 Springfield Rifle. It is still in the original issued configuration length, with the blued steel 16 inch blade, blued handle and cross guard, and wooden grip scales.

The 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take the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of WWII, many were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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 Post-1909 blued finish on the 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 1918. The other side of the ricasso is marked with U.S. above serial number 926799. The blade is in very good shape, though there are some nicks on the edge and spine and light pitting throughout both sides. The wooden grip scales are in fair condition, with a great color, though they have been worn mostly smooth and does have chips/cracks present.

The original M3 scabbard is marked U.S. on the oxidized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb". The B N marking on the underside of the metal throat lip indicates manufacture by Beckwith Manufacturing, who produced a variety of thermoplastic impregnated cotton fabric scabbards during the war. The N is for New England Pressed Steel, who made the steel throats under contract with Beckwith. The scabbard body is in great shape, with an almost fully intact original finish, and just some light scuffs. We cannot confirm this bayonet was issued for use during WWII or if a collector just paired the two for display purposes.

A very nice example ready for display.

Blade Length: 15 ⅞”
Blade Style: Single Edged with Fuller
Overall length: 20 1/2“
Crossguard: 3 1/2”
Scabbard Length: 17"

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