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Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Bayonet
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 7 September 2010, at 12:30 a.m., in response to 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Bayonet, posted by Jonathan Sietsma on Tuesday, 7 September 2010, at 12:01 a.m.
As to authenticity, I do not believe they have been reproduced - so, it boils down to condition, and markings.
The bayonet should be blued all over, have a blued locking ring with clamping screw, and be stamped "US" on the wide flat. The scabbard frog may have any one of several markings, such as a brass disk/rosette with "US", or "USN", or MASS", or "KSG", or "NGP", or none at all, depending on issuance and type.
Retail value could range from $85-$100 to as much as perhaps $400+.
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