We are new to the forum and wondered if someone might be able to help. My father has had an old bayonet that he acquired a long time ago, but does not know much about it. We thought you folks would be the experts, so we thought perhaps if we describe it and post a picture someone might be willing to assist us in at least identifying a time period or other information.
Based upon what little we've read, it appears to be a socket type (although please correct if we are wrong). The total length of the bayonet is just over 21 inches (socket included). The blade length is about 18 inches.
I've been a customer of Keith's for years and he and his site are good sources for information on the old Springfield rifles and equipment used with them. If you have questions, you can ask him or buy a book off of him on the subject.
Actually, this bayonet is not for the Springfield. It's the M1871 for the Remington rolling-block rifle, which was manufactured for the New York Militia and multiple foreign contracts. The unusual mortise slot and lack of US markings are distinctive and identify it as the Remington...
Bob, they're very similar with a couple of differences. #1- the depth of the first mortise section, and 2- the Springfield has angular 'coffin' shoulders lacking on the M1871.
Pardon my amateur PaintShop of your photo!