Bayonet M1905 dated 1911, M1910 scabbard US Springfield

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 03, 2006
  • Channel: Auction House

Bayonet M1905, U.S. Springfield dated 1911 with M1910 scabbard.

This is an original, "bright blade" full-length Springfield, Model of 1905 bayonet for the '03. It bears the serial number 505694 and a 1911 date. It has never been parkerized nor has the blade been cleaned. It is marked "S A" for Springfield Arsenal, the manufacturer. All markings are good clear stampings. The hilt configuration is considered a "bird's head" pommel with the standard push-button/integral spring latch and steel cross guard. The push-button latch works well and clips into the scabbard and onto the rifle as intended. The wooden grips are in good shape with the original finish and are held on by the standard single screw. No chips or cracks. The left-hand wood bears a small, neatly painted collection or museum marking "y-241" placed unobtrusively on the top behind the muzzle ring.

The blade is bright steel, single-stopped-fuller (both sides), single-cutting-edge with short false-edge towards the tip. The blade has the standard US marked over the serial number on one side of the ricasso. The arsenal over ordnance bomb over a date on the opposite side. I understand this is the correct style markings for blades made between 1906 and 1922. This bayonet has never been sharpened. No nicks, or gashes on the blade. No sharpening on the edges and no rust on the blade. The wooden handles are in nice shape with no cracks. T is some dark browning on the exterior metal parts but no rust. This appears to be the original cosmoline that was never cleaned off the bright blade and has now evaporated leaving the brown residue. I have left it as found and not tried to clean it off.

The scabbard is the hard-to-find M1910. The scabbard body is wood with rawhide stretched and sewn as a waterproof covering. The assembly was then covered with a canvas sheath with a leather tip. The canvas covered scabbard is in nice shape but the leather tip has a chip out of the leather on the back side. Still faintly visible on the front of the leather scabbard tip is a small stamped serial number. It is faint but appears to be 6919. This non-standard number has been stamped into the leather with a standard WWI period dog-tag stamping set. (These marking sets contained everything needed to stamp the circular aluminum blanks as well as the knife, fork, spoon and mess kit.) The standard brass belt-hook is present, with strong stitching on its attachment tab. The canvas is faded but is still strong and relatively clean. It is very presentable. This is not a perfect M1905 but it is still a nice piece. Take a close look at the pictures and email me with any questions or if you want more pictures.

Buyer pays $9.00 priority postage within the US . International buyers please contact me for shipping price. This bayonet comes with a guarantee of satisfaction along with a 3 day inspection period. If you don't like it for any reason send it back for a full refund (minus postage and ebay fees) I accept PAYPAL, checks and money orders.

History - Bayonet , U.S. Model 1905 with Scabbard, Model 1910

The current correct model designation is "M1905". The "Model of 1905" designation was changed in the mid-1920s to "M1905", which was the correct designation during the World War 2 production period.

The 1905 bayonet was designed specifically for use with the Model 1903 rifle, providing a more useful and intimidating blade than the rod bayonet that preceded it. By the time the United States had entered World War I, approximately 843,239 standard service Model 1903 rifles had been manufactured. However this was insufficient to arm U.S. troops for an undertaking of the magnitude of World War I. During the war, Springfield Armory alone produced over 265,620 Model 1903 rifles

The first model of the M-1905 bayonet was manufactured between 1906 and 1922 by the Rock Island and Springfield Arsenals (marked SA or RI with the Ordnance Department symbol, along with year and serial number). Technically this was called the "Model of 190...