Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt
Overall length

78.5 cm

Blade length

71.5 cm

Blade thickness

Base 4 mm

Middle 3.5 mm

5 cm from tip 3 mm

Blade width

Base 35 mm

Middle 31.5 mm

5 cm from tip 30 mm

Weight

749 grams

Point of balance

12 cm from hilt

Materials

Steel, iron, wood

Origin

Blade; Hembrug, Zaandam, the Netherlands

Hilt; Sumatra, Indonesia

Dating

Circa 1900

Provenance

From a Dutch private collection

Price €800, -

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Description

A Sumatran saber with an M1898 type Dutch military blade. These were large sabers with clipped tips that were used by the Navy and the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (K.N.I.L.), normally fitted with a closed guard. They were originally manufactured by Hembrug, an arms factory in Zaandam, near Amsterdam and Solingen, Germany. This one bears the Hembrug stamp.

They were used in large numbers during the Aceh Wars of 1873–1924, and remained in use all the way into the Second world war. This blade was possibly captured from the Dutch and re-hilted in local style. It is fitted with a sturdy iron guard in quasi European style, an iron ferrule. The large wooden grip reminds of the Sumatran parang betino, with similar floral work and ribbed grip section.

Blade in very good shape, with no edge damage, etc. Only superficial tarnishing of the steel, no significant pitting. Hilt is tight.

 

 

Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt
Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt
Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt
Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt
Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt
Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt
Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt
Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt
Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt
Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt
Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt

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