*U.S. Springfield Model 1888 round rod bayonet .45-70 govn’t rifle
s/n 545412, brl length 32.5", good plus condition, trap door action. Rifles bore shines mirror bright with very nice rifling. The cartouche on the left side of the walnut straight grip is dated 1892, there is a "37" marked at the butt plate and a "13" marked on the right side of the butt stock. The left side of the barrel at the breech is marked "VP Eagles head P". The trap door is marked "US/MODEL/1884" but is a Model 1888 because '84 serial numbers range from 314,000 to 321,000 and had an unsuccessful finger locking mechanism for retaining the bayonet dubbed the "Flatlatch" which was approved upon by the 1888 and the 1888 is the most desirable of all rod bayonets to date. The walnut stock shows only light military wear and handling with the metal surfaces having a dark brown patina with assorted freckling scattered throughout. The lock is marked with an eagle next to "U.S./SPRINGFIELD". All items sold As Is per terms of the auction. Please read terms. Functionality and completeness unknown.