Hard to find original WW1 era manufacture M1905 bayonet dated 1918 with a pretty serial number 999977 in mega rare unused condition. Originally manufactured in 1918 by the legendary Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusets: SA / “flaming bomb” / 1918 date stamp on the ricasso on one side; US and serial number on the other. This bayonet was arsenal-reconditioned during WW2 and fitted with new brown plastic handle grips and a more durable composition scabbard. A scarce type in general – most of the original M1905 bayonet blades were cut-down to 10″ and re-furbished as the “short pattern” bayonets often referred to as M1942. A superb quality manufacture bayonet with crisp lines and excellent finish throughout; blued blade (probably WW2-re re-bluing) retains pretty much all of its “gun-blue” finish.
This is a very rare “brown grips” type specimen – just a tiny batch of WW2 grips came in brown plastic; most were made as standard-issue black plastic (phenol-formaldehyde resin similar to bakelite) – a nice find! Brown grips were made from an earlier type of plastic (commonly called CAB) that wasn’t resistant to the solvents the army was using in the field, so the production of the CAB plastic grips was quickly discontinued. Only about 100,000 brown CAB grips were made in total; most were lost to the use and abuse in the field. “Brown-grips” bayonets were manufactured for about a month; a rare find these days.
The blade is unused with original factory edge; the tip is intact; about 99% of the original gun-blue finish remaining. A couple of tiny edge imperfections are noted for accuracy (look like a factory defect to me) Muzzle ring is perfect; brown plastic handle grips are in excellent condition; with no nicks, dings, or microcracks. The pommel is also excellent with no contact marks. Bayonet release mechanism is tight and 100% functional. The bayonet is about 20-1/2″ / 52 cm overall; the blade is about 15-7/8″ / 40.3 cm long. Original “long” composition scabbard with USN MK1-marked steel throat is also unused; a couple of minor surface scratches are noted for accuracy. The underside plate is marked B3/3N. Steel throat is marked USN / MK 1 . During the war the US War Department had told the manufactures to “waste nothing”, so they used whatever material was suitable during production, including the unused quantity of scabbard parts intended for the discontinued USN MK1 Utility Knife.
This rare WW2 SA M1905 bayonet and original “USN MK1” composition scabbard are in excellent overall condition. A desirable and highly collectible type; VERY rare this nice.
This rare unused WW2 SA M1905 bayonet has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original condition; these are the actual photos. We have several scarce WW1 and WW2 bayonets, fighting knives, daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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