Original Rare Mexican Model 1900 Mondragón Large Bowie Knife Machete with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. Mexican artillery officer General Manuel Mondragón is mostly known for his rifle designs around the turn of the 20th century. However he also is associated with this somewhat unique machete design, which is in the form of a very large "Bowie Knife", with a 16 1/4" blade. Designed more as brush clearing devices than actual weapons, there were many of these designed during the same era around the world. This design was not widely made, and possibly only 1-2 thousand were ever produced, and this is definitely a prime example.
The huge "Bowie" style blade is marked with REPUBLICA MEXICANA. near the spine, with serial number 1284 on the same side. As is correct there are no other markings on the machete. Condition of the blade is excellent, and virtually unissued. The original factory final polish can be seen throughout the blade, with just a few areas of wear and oxidation. The cross guard and wooden handle are also in great shape, with only light wear and a lovely color. This really is an impressive example.
The scabbard shows a bit more wear, especially on the leather body. The stitching is completely gone, and the black finish has wear and flaking. The steel fittings however are still great, with just a few spots of surface oxidation. The leather belt hanger frog that used to cover the locket is however missing, most likely broken off at some point. The lock on the hilt still works correctly with the throat, locking the scabbard on securely.
An excellent condition rare Mexican machete, ready to add to your collection!
Overall length: 21 1/2”
Blade length: 16 1/4”
Blade Style: Large Clip-Point "Bowie"
Cross guard: 3 3/4"
Scabbard Length: 17 1/4"
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