U.S. Bolo (1912), machete and sheath

Object Number: 
1964.13ab
Date: 
1912-1913
Medium: 
Steel, iron, wood; leather, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 20 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 1 in. ( 52.1 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on obverse of blade: "U.S. / 13786" stamped: on reverse of blade: "S A / [flaming bomb] / 1912" stamped: on scabbard: "ROCK ISLAND / ARSENAL / 1913 / H. E. K."
Description: 
Bolo knife with heavy steel blade with straight back and rounded cutting edge which is beveled along entire length; iron guard pierced for stud on scabbard throat; wooden pistol grip handle with plaques joined to tang with three rivets; leather scabbard with brass throat and pierced tip with brass grommet.
Gallery Label: 
This is a U.S. Army bolo knife, Model of 1909. According to Harold L. Peterson, bolos of this type were manufactured at Springfield Armory from 1909 until possibly as late at 1915 (see "American Knives: The First History and Collectors' Guide," pp. 80-81).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Guarnieri
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group