|Place||Oceania: Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands, Bougainville|
|Object type||Edged weapon or club accessory|
|Physical description||Ink, Wood|
|Place made||Pacific Islands: Solomon Islands, Bougainville|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Wooden surrender block from Japanese Army officer's sword
Small block of wood with Japanese characters which indicate that the sword was carried by Yoshinori Nonaka who served with the Japanese 6th Division HQ (South East). On the reverse is handwritten in ink, 'JAL'. A small hole has been drilled through the block 8 mm from the top.
This block was attached to a sword believed to have been surrendered to Australians at Bougainville in September 1945 by Yoshinoru Nonaka, an officer serving with the Japanese 6th Division HQ.