WWI 1904 US SPRINGFEILD HOSPITAL CORPS BOLO KNIFE, 1914
For your consderation is this WWI era model 1904 US SPRINGFEILD MEDIC BOLO KNIFE Used but in good modified condition.
Made in 1914
I’m not sure the handle is original as most had finger grooves. The military during that time used whatever they had so it could be. However the wood handle that is on the knife is in great condition. No chips or cracks. Tarnished brass “S” guard.
Blade is also in good condition. U.S. & serial # 38249 stamped on one tang, SA, the Flaming Bomb & 1914 stamped on other side.
17 1/8″ OAL, 11.75″ Blade, 1/4″ Thick
I had a custom heavy duty leather belt sheath made for the knife.
Some general information about this model: The M-1904 Hospital Corps Knife was the first of the modern Springfield Armory made edged weapons to carry a serial number. Designed for use by the U. S. Army Medical Corps, over 40,000 Hospital Corps Knives were made at the Springfield Armory, Springfield, MA between 1904 and 1914, however, none have been found with the 1906 date. According to archive correspondence, the first 236 knives were issued without serial numbers, but at the request of the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, the Springfield Armory began the serial numbering process with number 237 and continuing upward. Previously issued knives were recalled for numbering, but a very small number of knives without serial numbers have survived. The lowest known serial number is 264. Contrary to many stories, the knife was not designed for “field expedient amputations”, but the look in the novice’s eyes often make the tale worth the telling.