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Object details

Category
Weapons and ammunition
Related period
Second World War (association)
Materials

whole: wood

whole: silver

whole: textile

whole: copper alloy

whole: rayskin

whole: iron alloy

Dimensions

Blade: Length 643 mm

whole: Depth 70 mm, Length 965 mm, Width 60 mm

Catalogue number
WEA 4074

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