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Machete and Scabbard

Object Name: Machete and scabbard
Date: 1880-1898
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Medium: Steel, bone; leather, brass
Dimensions: Overall: 31 1/2 x 2 x 1 in. ( 80 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Machete with wide, very slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with a narrow groove on obverse and reverse; bone grip; leather scabbard (now in two pieces, b-c) with embossed leaf motif in two parallel bands on obverse and brass tip.
Credit Line: Gift of Lyman L. McCarty
Object Number: 1909.1a-c
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Marks: stamped: on reverse of blade, near grip: "COLLINS & CO. / HARTFORD / ACERO FINO / CALIDAD / GARANTIZADA / NO. 22" adjacent to emblem of outstretched arm with "LEGITIMUS" inscribed underneath

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According to the accession records, this machete was used during the Spanish-American War by a Cuban volunteer in the Spanish Army.