Original Indian Wars era Hunting Knife Model 1880 - manufactured at the Springfield Armory in the early 1880th. M-1880 was issued with the M-1881 and the M-1888 Rod Bayonet Rifles which were also manufactured at the Springfield Armory. These knives was used heavily during the Indian Wars, as well as in Western Frontier outposts.
Brass-guard model specimen in typical condition for the type: original wood handle has a few chips off the pommel; brass guard is intact; SPRINGFIELD stamp and low serial number 41 are fully readable. About s 13-1/2 / 34.2 cm overall; the blade is about 8-1/4 / 21 cm, 2 /5 cm wide. This knife had seen heavy use in the field: ding marks on the spine, a few edge nicks as well; the tip is a bit rounded. Original "type 2" scabbard by WATERVLIET ARSENAL is included. USA Indian Wars Springfield M1880 HUNTING KNIFE brass guard SN41, orig scabbard.
This awkward knife was designed as all-in-one tool for skinning game, digging shallow trenches, clearing brush and, when everything else failed, as the last-resort self-defense weapon. All varieties of M1880 Hunting Knives were serial-numbered. The blades are usually pitted, re-sharpened and corroded; original turned wood handles were prone to damage in the field and were frequently replaced. The survival rate of these cumbersome knives is not that great; only a fraction of the original issue of about 11,000 knives survived.
This brass-guard model specimen is in typical condition for the type, although it retained its original wood handle (albeit with a few chips off the pommel). Stamp and low serial number 41 are fully readable rare as such.
About s 13-1/2 / 34.2 cm overall; the blade is about 8-1/4 / 21 cm long and 2 / 5 cm wide. This knife had seen heavy use in the field: ding marks on the spine, a few edge nicks as well; the tip is a bit rounded - normal condition for the type as most of these knives were used as intended. The scabbard is in decent shape overall but the "loop" part is frail where it connects to the belt hook - see photos. Overall, about 11,000 M1880s of all types were made in total (records vary), making it a very scarce and though-after Americana collectible.
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The item "USA Indian Wars Springfield M1880 HUNTING KNIFE brass guard SN41, orig scabbard" is in sale since Wednesday, March 14, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Indian Wars (1866-97)\Original Period Items".
The seller is "pasha_28" and is located in Upstate New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.