WORLD WAR II U.S. NAVY MILSCO Model 1941 KLEWANG Boarding Cutlass
Naval Boarding Cutlass Made in MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
Here we present a World War II era U.S. Navy MILSCO Model 1941 Klewang Naval Boarding Cutlass manufactured in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nearing the end of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, the United States Navy was about to retire its 50 year old mainstay naval cutlass, the Model 1860, first developed and used during the American Civil War. As it had always done, our navy sought out the best current cutlass design the world had to offer. At this time, they chose to pattern its new Model 1917 after the Dutch Klewang Cutlass Model 1898-1911. Once the decision had been made, the Navy added a japanned steel hilt with a full half-basket cup like the Model 1850 had and an all wood squarish cross hatched grip. These two changes were basically the only differences between the Navy’s new Model 1917 and the Dutch Klewang Model 1911.
The Model 1941 was manufactured in the U.S. by Milsco (Milwaukee Saddlery Company) beginning in 1940 and had an unmarked blade. The European models M1898/M1901 were manufactured in Solingen, Germany and Hembrug, Netherlands. This example has an unmarked blade with an open basket (with notches). The Model 1941 has black bakelite grips and 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 Model 1941 American example by Milsco.
The overall length is 30-3/4 inches with a 25 inch blued blade.
The overall condition is good. Bright blade. The tip has been ground to round. Solid hilt all around with a black painted wood grip.
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Overall condition as seen in photos.
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