Original Rare Dutch KNIL M-1898/1911 Klewang Cutlass by Hembrug Arsenal - Complete with Scabbard, Frog, & Scarce Leather Knot
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an outstanding example of an original Dutch 'Klewang' (Sword) M-1898/1911. Simply put, this is the absolute best example we have ever come across, and is complete with original Scabbard, Frog, AND Knot!
Originally made for use by the Dutch KNIL Forces (The Royal Netherlands East Indies Army or Koninklijk Nederlands Indisch Leger). These cutlasses have an interesting history, having been used by not only the Dutch KNIL, but also the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy (who captured them from the Dutch), followed by the Americans (who subsequently captured them from the Japanese) during WWII.
This fine example retains most of its original blued finish. The blade is nicely marked with the arsenal name HEMBRUG on one side, with an inspector stamp on the reverse. The blade is in stunning condition, with the sharp edges still “in the white” and bright as they should be. Remarkably, the cutting edge is virtually without a single nick! This undoubtedly never had a playful child get their hands on it!
This outstanding KNIL Klewang is complete with not only its original light brown colored scabbard, but also its original Frog, and also its incredibly rare original Braided Sword Knot/Lanyard. This is the early scabbard with reinforced leather around its throat-piece and the later was also provided with a narrow strap to affix the scabbard to the frog (these are normally missing). The leather scabbard is marked at the throat AI, and with a number 3014A on the reverse of the scabbard body. The Scabbard still even has the brass wrapped reinforcement at the tip, as typical on Dutch edged weapons.
The frog is constructed of matching brown leather with a braided knot at the end. These so often are missing from the KNIL Cutlasses. The leather on all pieces is in very good condition considering its age, and the climate in which these were used. There is wear throughout, most likely from storage age and handling wear.
If you wish to locate the best example, this is it! This would be incredibly hard to upgrade from!
Blade Length: 24 1/2”
Blade Style: Single Edged Curved with Fuller
Overall length: 29 1/2“
Basket dimensions: 5" width x 4 1/2” length
Scabbard length: 25" + belt loop
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