US WW1 M 1912 SPRINGFIELD TRAINER BAYONET BY ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL DATED 1914
This are very rare and very hard to come by training bayonet, especially in such nice condition. Initially introduced as the Model 1906, it featured a leather covered straight spring steel blade with a leather covered loop in the blade on the front. The rear has two muzzle rings which by using clamping screws to secure the practice bayonet to the front of the rifle. In 1912 it was determined that the bayonet worked better by turning the blade portion through 90 degrees. These were often called "Fencing bayonets", and were used for man to man training. See THE AMERICAN BAYONET by Albert N. Hardin Jr. page 192, published in 1964 for more information.
Our example is in wonderful condition overall. The leather is still supple and has a great aged brown color, with the stitching all intact. There is hardly any wear on the tip and edges with all stitching tight. It is marked with R.I.A. over 1914, indicating manufacture at Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois in 1914. There are a few inspectors stamps also.