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These long machetes with parallel edges are related to their working cousins, but are known as "fighting machetes" or "Cutachas." This is the standard army pattern sometime denoted the Model 1891, and adopted by the Spanish Army in Cuba (a distinct organization) in 1892. This example was made by Fernando Esser of Elberfeld, Germany, and carries the stock or pattern number "No. 877." These were sold by outfitters to Spanish officers and show up sometimes in the hands of NCOs as well and served as badges of rank as well as a fighting weapon, and were brought back as souvenirs by American troops. This has a typically German looking flat eagle head pommel fashioned with a hole in the eagle's beak for a sword knot. The blade is smooth metal with a good edge and point, but shows a bit dark. The scabbard is good,but the leather tip is likely a replacement for a metal one.

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Estimate $150 - $300Jun 30