Australian machete with scabbard

Catalogue number
  • WEA 759
Department
Exhibits
Materials
  • Grip: wood
Dimensions
  • Loop: Length 205 mm
  • Scabbard: Length 474 mm
  • Without Scabbard: Length 495 mm
  • Hilt To Tip: Length 522 mm
  • whole: Depth 38 mm, Width 95 mm
Alternative names
  • full name: Australian machete with scabbard
  • simple name: machete, Australian
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Object description

Unidentified pattern Australian machete

Label

This style of machete, officially known as the 'Matchet, 15-inch Blade (Aust)' was standard issue in the Australian Army during the Second World War and for many years thereafter. This example was made by Gregory Steel Products of Melbourne.

Physical description

Hilt form: slab-sided two-piece wooden grips secured to tang by three flush-ground steel rivets. The pommel, provide with a hole for the leather wrist strap, is rounded and vestigially beaked. Blade form: identical to WEA 752, broad swell-point blade, straight edged with gently curved back. The weapon on is fitted with a leather wrist strap, blade is coated with turquoise lacquer. Scabbard: broad scabbard formed from a folded length of dark green canvas secured by seven rivets. The edges are reinforced with strips of coarse white canvas and a strip of coarse green canvas is inserted where the two edges meet, protecting the scabbard from the blade edge. The opening is reinforced by a brass mouthpiece which is crimped onto the body and secured by a rivet. Sewn to the back of the scabbard are a hilt retention strap and a belt loop.

1. stamped on left of blade

1. GREGORY STEEL PRODUCTS AUSTRALIA

2. stamped on left of grip

2. D broad Arrow D (Australian Defence Dept ownership mark)

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