This is a nice example of the M-1873 Entrenching Tool with the original scabbard. Designed for use by the U. S. Cavalry during the 1880’s, the M-1873 Entrenching Tool was produced at the Springfield Armory in high numbers. Issued with various model rifles, the M-1873 Entrenching Tool was specifically designed to be used for digging small entrenchments or scraping dirt to form a small, protective mound during battle.
This is regarded as the first of the true issued Springfield Armory edged weapons, other than the sword or saber. Although the piece is fairly common, ones available in excellent condition are sought after by advanced collectors.
The only notable difference in any two tools is the location and size of the U.S. stamped in the turned handle.
The handle and Scabbard for this item are marked US in the correct locations. Please see all photos to determine condition for yourself.
M-1839 Basic Data
Blade Length: 8.0 inches
Overall Length: 13.5 inches
Blade Width: 3.5 inches
Blade Thickness: 0.0325inches
Scabbards: Leather covered with ring for saddle mounting. Many scabbards are noted to have a leather loop instead of a metal ring.