Item:
ONJR24MACA069

Original U.S. WWII US Navy Unmarked Milsco M-1941 Klewang Boarding Cutlass With Correct Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The M1941 was manufactured in the U.S. by Milsco (Milwaukee Saddlery Company) beginning in 1940 and had an unmarked blade like this one. The European models M1898/M1901 were manufactured in Solingen, Germany and Hembrug, Netherlands. Additionally in the early 1940s both Milsco and another U.S. company named Vince supplied only the Klewang blades for the Dutch to be used as replacement blades in the Dutch East Indies. These blades were assembled with hilts, grips, and guards both in the Netherlands and mainly in the Dutch East Indies as replacement blades to the M1898/M1901.

This example has an unmarked blade with an open basket (with notches) and is offered in excellent service used condition. The M1941 has black bakelite grips which are unfortunately chipped and cracked with an unmarked ricasso. It is very hard to distinguish the differences between both the American made examples and the European examples, but we do believe this one to be the unmarked M1941 American example by Milsco.

The scabbard is in service used condition as well. There are minor scuff marks and scratching on the brown leather exterior, but they are consistent with storage wear. There is no significant damage present and does have the lower drag that is often missing.

We have found a period photograph online showing one of these cutlasses attached to a soldier's pack, but we cannot see whether it is the M1940, 1941, or 1942 from the photograph.

Comes ready for further research and display!

Dimensions:
Blade Length: 24 ½”
Grip Length: 4 ¾”
Total Length: 29 ½”
Scabbard Length: 25 ⅜”

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