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Scabbard Numbers on M1905E1 Bayonet

Article about: Hi All, I have a 10" cut down M1905 bayonet. Its one of the best pieces I have in my collection anyway . I was curious as to whether the scabbard is original to the piece ? Ive always b

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    Hi All,
    I have a 10" cut down M1905 bayonet.
    Its one of the best pieces I have in my collection anyway .
    I was curious as to whether the scabbard is original to the piece ?
    Ive always believed it to be so , If someone knows what the scabbard numbers mean would be a great help.
    Cheers Rick
    Scabbard Numbers on M1905E1 Bayonet

    Scabbard Numbers on M1905E1 Bayonet

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    never seen numbers on these before, well not on mine anyway.
    Regards
    René

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    Could it be the bayonet (or at least the scabbard) was issued with a rifle and the numbers are the rifle serial number. That was the French approach.

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    I'm with René on this one - Ive never seen that before on one of those bayonet scabbards. These were widely used by US allies post war - might have been added by one of those countries.

    Alex

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    First time seeing one serialized here also.
    We did supply the Danish army with M1 Garands and bayonets. I know that they put the serial number of the M1 Garand on the Butt stocks. Maybe they added serial numbers to the bayonets they supplied with the Garands.

    Just a thought.
    I might have to look into.

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Thanks for the replies chaps,
    Glad you find it interesting as Ive never seen it before either.
    On the back you can read the VP logo and number 14 under the paint.

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    Here is some pics of the bayo,

    Scabbard Numbers on M1905E1 Bayonet

    Scabbard Numbers on M1905E1 Bayonet

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    Nice bayonet
    I think your scabbard could have been issued with M1 Garand bayonet that has larger muzzle ring as it was for BM59E or BM59SL.
    Once I had bayonet like that and it also had 7 digit serial number with first two digits 55.
    Scabbard Numbers on M1905E1 Bayonet
    Last edited by Dabac; 06-15-2019 at 10:40 PM.

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