Original U.S. WWII Collins & Co. Legitimus Long Jungle Machete with Leather Scabbard by Boyt - Dated 1942
Original Items: Only one available. These long machetes are very hard to come by on today's market. Made by Collins & Co. of Hartford, Conn, this is a LEGITIMUS model long jungle machete. The Machete has an impressive overall length of 26 ½ inches, with a straight 21 ½ inch Bush/Collins machete shape blade. The blade is about 2 ⅛ inches wide at the thickest point. The ricasso is nicely marked:
COLLINS & CO.
MADE IN USA
The reverse of the blade still retains its original factory applied paper label.
The blade is in very good condition, though it does show some use and staining. It has been sharpened several times, it is obvious that this was a machete that did not spend its life in the scabbard. The black hard plastic grip are in very good condition, with the expected wear of age, and all the rivets are solidly attached.
The machete comes with a very nice issue hard leather belt scabbard. The back is marked on the belt hanger with U S / BOYT / 42, indicating 1942 manufacture by Boyt Harness Co of Des Moines Iowa, a major leather goods supplier during WWII. Boyt made various slings, holsters, scabbards, and other items for the war. There is some wear and damage to the leather, most noticeably an incision from where the machete cut through the leather when the machete was being placed in the scabbard. Overall, the condition is most presentable, especially considering the age.
A very nice early WWII U.S. Issue Machete, ready to display!
Blade Length: 21 1/2"
Blade Style: Machete
Overall length: 26 5/8“
Scabbard Length: 21 3/4
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