Lot 553

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An odd relic, almost certainly crafted as a souvenir for purchase by American soldiers stationed in the Philippines during and immediately after World War II, a hand-forged steel machete, 13 1/2" blade, 18 1/4" overall, with a carved wood handle wrapped with local pant fibers in a wicker-like fashion. The blade bears the stamped initials "BR", likely those of the blacksmith who forged it. The machete is housed in a 15 1/4" long wood scabbard, decorated with additional wicker-like wrappings and, most interestingly, a blackened monkey skull. The scabbard shows some breakages to the wicker-like material, with some wear overall, else very good. Obtained by our consignor from the estate of an American soldier who served as a liason to tribesmen tasked with hunting Japanese soldiers in the Philippine jungle.

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July 31, 2018 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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