Netherlands East Indies Klewang Native Police Sword

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Accession Number RELAWM24941
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club
Date made c 1930
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Description

Netherlands East Indies Klewang Native Police Sword. The hilt has a sheet steel half basket guard with three cutouts and a wrist strap slot which attaches to the pommel with a slotted head bolt. The plain wooden grips are attached to the tang with three rivets. The curved single edged blade has a single fuller on each side to within 210 mm of the clipped back point. The right ricasso is stamped with a crown over B.

History / Summary

This type of sword was originally issued to the Netherlands East Indies Native Police although many were captured by the Japanese and used as a machete. This example has been sharpened and was captured at Balikpapan.