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Dutch KNIL 1911M Hembrug Klewang Cutlass, Unit Marked, sold

In good condition, a Dutch East Indies KNIL 1911M Hembrug Klewang Cutlass, Unit Marked.

Dutch KNIL 1911M Hembrug Klewang Cutlass, Unit MarkedImage w51 1

Sold Item Notice

Most of these KNIL klewangs in Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) were captured and converted by the invading Japanese; complete / unmodified klewangs like this one are quite scarce. You find them in the UK because the British managed Indonesia for the Dutch immediately after the war, so many swords, etc. came to the UK from there as war trophies.

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The 24 1/4 inch blade is in good condition and firm in the hilt and grip. The hilt / guard also good. The wooden grips have wear and one side there is a small piece missing, but are generally good. The leather scabbard was dry, so we put leather balsam on it, which means it may be a little tacky for a while. The cutlass sheathes and draws well.

A superb, well above average example. Well prices at £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number W51 (1182). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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