Manufactured in 1910, this bayonet is configured for use with a Maxim Silencer, which was seen in limited numbers on American-issued 1903 rifles during the First World War. The main modification is the deletion of the conventional muzzle ring from the guard in place of a dovetail block sized for a slot on the underside of the silencer. Overall length is 20 1/2 inches, with a 16 inch straight single fuller blade, marked "US/466983" on the right ricasso and "S A/(bomb)/1910" on the left. The grip is ribbed hardwood, with a blued finish to the hilt. With an edge-stitched leather sheath, with a metal belt swivel and "R.I.A./1909/T.C.C." stamped on the back. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fine. The very fine blade is bright overall, with mild spotting concentrated towards the tip, scattered light pitting, and mild wear overall. The hilt shows a mixed brown and gray patina, with some mild dings and scratches. The sheath shows some cuts and scuffs in the leather, and a mixed patina on the metal.