Rare pre-World War I era Hospital Corps Model 1909 Bolo in great overall condition with original leather scabbard included. This specimen was manufactured in 1910 by the famous Springfield Armory. The M1909 Bolo was the purpose-built designed jungle tool to aid US soldiers dealing with thick foliage that they had previously found themselves in during campaigns in Cuba and the Philippines.
In spite of its enormous size and weight, the M1909 Bolo was designed to be carried as a belt knife and it was fitted with the large durable leather scabbard with brass fittings. Ergonomically curved handle wields a great control over the large up-swept blade with a sharp point. In my humble opinion, M1909 Bolo was the most beautifully designed mass-produced US armed forces edged weapon ever. Production started at the Springfield Armory in 1909 and continued until about 1915; during WW1 Plumb and Collins took over. The original “SA” M1909s are scarce as Springfield Armory made only 17,540 M1909s. With the majority of M1909s lost to heavy field use and combat during the two World Wars, all-original M1909 Bolo/scabbard sets became one of the most though-after Americana collectibles.
This Bolo is 19-1/4” / 49 cm overall; the blade is about 13-3/5” / 35 cm long, about 2-1/4” / 5.7 cm at the widest point, and 6 mm thick near the widest point at the tip. Ricasso is stamped SA / “flaming bomb”/ 1910 on one side, low serial number 9582 on the other. The blade has been lightly re-sharpened; a few edge nicks near the tip are noted for accuracy. Original American walnut handle scales, wide iron guard and the round bronze butt plate are intact; all parts are tight with zero play – VERY rare this nice.
Original leather scabbard was manufactured by Fayerweather & Ladew (LADEW), a rare type. It’s marked LADEW below the belt loop, with arsenal inspectors’ stamp E.A.G. below. Original WW1 era scabbards for M1909s are actually harder to find than these Bolos themselves; very few survived harsh conditions in the trenches and tropical jungles. This scabbard is in great overall condition, considering it is over 100 years old. The belt loop is intact; the leather is still soft and supple; all original stitching and rivets are intact. Brass throat is missing a placement pin but it is solid otherwise; all parts are tight with no play.
Most of these M1909 Bolos were used as intended during the War and are usually in pretty rough shape. This SA M1909 specimen is in much better than average condition for the type; this SA M1909 Hospital Corps Bolo will make an excellent addition to any collection. This scarce SA M1909 Hospital Corps Bolo / original leather scabbard set has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way it’s in 100% original “as purchased” condition; these are the actual photos. I have a small but very interesting collection of various edged WW1 and WW2 era weapons to sell. Don’t forget to check out Militaria section for other WW1 and WW2 era combat knives, including German WW1 era trench knives, vintage USAF WW2 Pilot Knives and a couple of rare WW2 “OSS Drop” knives we offer for sale.
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