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Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Bayonet
Posted by Bullwinkle on Saturday, 27 December 2014, at 10:37 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Bayonet, posted by GAROLD POSTLETHWAIT on Friday, 26 December 2014, at 11:46 p.m.
Robert M. Reilly's "American Socket Bayonets and Scabbards" is the best reference on this topic.
The leather loop frog types came before the brass hook types. (As I recall the former are designated M1873 and the latter M1885, but don't bet on it.)
The brass rosettes on the M1873 started with "U.S" (one period) and soon switched to "US" (no periods). Many other variations were made for other services and militias, NJ, MASS, NGP, SNY, USN, etc. Check the book for the full list.
So, like any good collector, you simply MUST go find one of each! (Oh, and a bayonet to live in each scabbard. Then, you should be sure to have enough rifles on which to fit the bayonets. Your wife will surely understand the logic of this...)
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