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Krag Type III Scabbard Finish?

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What was the finish on a Type III scabbard? The one I picked up is black paint and rust but I don't think either is correct. Question number two, "restore" or leave it?


US Army

Nam 66-67

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In the forties and fifties the Cadets at West Point carried Krag bayonets for drill. The scabbards were painted black so they could be maintained easier.


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Thanks gentlemen. Clean it up or leave it as is?


US Army

Nam 66-67

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Depends on what you want it for. I have one of the Cadet Krags with screws instead of rivets for the wood grips and the scabbard painted black. If you want one as a Cadet piece, then leave it alone. If you are looking for a scabbard and bayonet to display with a Krag rifle, then clean it up.


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