The scabbard appears to be a field expedient modification of what I understand to be a canvas carry case for a spare machine gun barrel.
Is this ID correct and, if so, what machine gun barrel was carried in these carry cases? Anyone have a picture of the full-length carry case?
The scabbard has attached to it a belt loop and brass hanger, the former of which is ink stamped "US Hinson (or Minson?) MFG. 1942" -
Now here are pictures of the machete that came with the scabbard -
Might this have been a machete acquired by a U.S. soldier in the ETO and then traded to someone that perhaps used it in the PTO? Or, was there terrain encountered within the ETO that would have required the use of a machete? I cannot think of any other reason for the existence of a Czechoslovakian made machete (as indicated by the maker mark) other than the presence of local terrain wherein it would be handy -
Another interesting feature of the machete is that the blade is painted black and the handle is made of plastic identical that found on my German byf 44 P-38 pistol - namely, the grip set.
Does this plastic differ from that used on U.S.G.I. machetes of the same time period? Who was likely to have used these machetes and scabbards and where? Does anyone have pictures to share of a soldier toting a machete in one of these unique non-issue scabbards?
Thanks for the education and any comments on the origin/provenance of the canvas scabbard.
Edited by tsellati, 29 August 2009 - 04:48 PM.