Bayonet, US Army, M1905, Dated 1907 (AEF)
Very nice genuine WWI US Army M1905 bayonet, intended for the M1903 Springfield rifle, delivered in its scarce original M1905 2nd Pattern leather-covered scabbard with Krag-style belt hook.
The obverse of the blade bears initials US and production number 225784 while the reverse is hallmarked SA (Springfield Armory) with Ordnance Bomb and year 1907. Markings are crisp and easy to read. The bayonet is used, original bright finish with blue line at the guard. No evidence of sharpening on the blade. The walnut grips are in good condition.
With the introduction of the M1910 pistol belt using the new belt hook system, it was decided to modify the existing stock of M1905 scabbards by removing the Krag-style wire hook and replacing it with the M1910 belt hook. Unmodified versions of the scabbard are thus very scarce. Scabbard is in nice, unmodified condition; marked RIA 1907. The rivet that held the belt hook in place broke off yet hook is still present and attached.
This bayonet will fit the M1903 A3 Springfield as well as the M1 Garand.
See M.H. Cole's US Military Knives, Bayonets and Machetes, p. 40.
You might also like