Springfield Armory US Cavalry M1873 Entrenching Tool and original scabbard; Indian Wars era. Manufactured for only a couple of years, M1873 is considered to be the first standard-issue personal entrenching tool used by the American military. Excellent overall condition, considering the age; VERY rare this nice.
Original Indian Wars era Springfield Armory Model 1873 Entrenching Tool in rare undamaged and not cleaned/repaired condition. The M1873 was the first American standard entrenching equipment to be issued to the American troops.
This awkward tool/knife was intended for digging shallow trenches/scraping up small protective mounds during skirmishes; a sharp edge could be utilized for cutting and slicing. M1873 was designed to be used by the US Cavalry, hence the large scabbard ring for the saddle mount. It’s considered to be the first personal edged weapon manufactured by the Springfield Armory, aside from the “long” weapons. The M1873 wasn’t popular with the mounted troops – it was just too small of a digging tool and too awkward and impractical as a knife. In a couple of years it was replaced by the more successful M1880 military Hunting Knife. A lot of M1873s were simply discarded; the rest were used as intended. Finding a specimen in practically unused condition is quite difficult these days. Only a couple of thousands of these entrenching tools were manufactured, making it one of the most scarce and though-after Americana collectibles.
This Entrenching Tool is about is 12-15/16” / 32.8 cm overall; the blade is about 8-1/8” / 20.7 cm long and 3-1/2” / 9.2 cm wide; cutting edge is very sharp still. The blade has not been cleaned or re-polished and has an attractive original light-gray patina throughout. Lathe-turned wood handle is solid with zero movement; the handle is stamped US at the base. Two tiny chips on the wood are noted for accuracy; no other chips, major nicks or structural cracks to the wood. This tool is in great shape, considering its age; a few minor surface rust spots on the blade are noted for accuracy. Original US-stamped scabbard is excellent, considering the age; a few abrasion spots on the leather along the ridges – pretty typical for the type. Leather over brass interior construction; the stitching is intact; saddle ring is a bit bent, but it is an original-issue. Brass throat with copper rivets is near-excellent without the typical dings or nicks; all in all this M1873 set is well-above the average condition for this type.
This original Indian Wars era Springfield Armory US Cavalry M1873 Entrenching Tool and original scabbard are in excellent condition for the type, VERY rare this nice. Don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
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