Item:
ONSV4063

Original Spanish American War Horn-handled Machete in Tooled Leather Scabbard with Belt Frog

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Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a Machete from the Spanish-American war of 1898, which lasted approximately 4 months. Many areas in Cuba and the Philippines were quite densely forested, so many carried machetes to help move through the jungle like foliage.

This is a nice example, with a 25" long straight blade, which is about 1 1/4" wide. It is relatively thin and springy, definitely made for chopping through light brush and leaves. Measuring about 31 inches overall, the handle is made of several layers of horn, held in place by six rivets.  There is a maker mark on the side of the blade, and next to that it is marked:

COMPAÑÍA INDUSTRIAL
ACERO FUNDIDO

This is in Spanish, and roughly translates to "Cast Steel Industrial Company." Similar markings are found on many Spanish-American war era Machetes used in Cuba. The blade is in good shape, though does show use, with areas of light rusting and pitting. We have left it uncleaned to preserve the patina.

The machete comes in a very nice tooled embossed leather scabbard, with very nice nickel fittings. There is some age degradation, but the stitching looks intact, and there are no splits or tears. The frog button is intricately stamped or cast, with an image of a woman's head. The throat is held in a very nice European-style belt frog, which is also has some faded tooled embossing.

A very nice example from the Spanish-American War. Ready to display!

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