Rare US Krag Bolo Bayonet, US Rifle Model 1898, Mint

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 26, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
This U. S. Rifle, Model 1898 (Krag-Jorgensen) bayonet is also called the Krag Bolo Bayonet due to its beautifully proportioned Bolo blade that is 10 3/8" long, 2 3/32" wide and 7/32" thick. The false edge is 3 1/4" on the semi-spear point. Blade is finished bright and is stamped vertically on the obverse ricasso with "U S" and on the reverse ricasso with the date "1902" . Hilt is 4 5/8" long typical of all Krag hilts. All steel parts are finished bright and grips are sanded smooth. Overall length of the bayonet is 14 3/4". This specimen weighs 1.41 pounds according to my digital scale. The bayonet is fully functional and fits on my Krag rifle perfectly. This Krag Bolo was obtained from Frank Garret around 1985 when he sold off his collection. I have enclosed a scan of a letter from Howard Cole about the size and fine quality of Frank Garret Collection. Condition of this bayonet is excellent showing only some age-greying, a few small scratches and the remnants of oil & grease that were on the bayonet when I received it over 20 years ago. This Krag Bowie bayonet has passed an X-ray test and was felt to be an authentic & original specimen by Frank Garret and others. Reference scans for this auction are from Cole III p. 13 and Hardin's American Bayonet pages 216 & 217. Please note that I have received contradictory opinions as to the authenticity of this specimen and with equal numbers of experts arrayed on both sides of the issue, the final decision will be left up to you, the buyer. Some say the bayonet in Cole III is correct while the specimen shown in Hardin is incorrect. So we even have disputes about the reference books that most collectors use to identify the Krag Bolo Bayonet! The main point of contention, as I understand it is the date stamp detail. Even if the naysayers are correct, this particular Krag Bolo Bayonet will make a great display specimen to fill the spot in your collection until you can acquire a "correct" specimen that may or may not ever occur due to the rarity of the U. S. Krag Bolo Bayonet. It is extremely difficult to find as nice a specimen of the rare Krag Bolo Bayonet as this one with only 50 pieces made. If you have any questions, please email. Buyer pays actual shipping costs only.