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Another WWII USMC Shovel?


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I picked this shovel up today thinking it was the rare fixed USMC Shovel that's been posted about on here before. When I got it home, I compared it to my other example and I noticed it isnt reinforced. Could this be an earlier version or possibly a prototype? I can't find any markings on it anywhere. Has anyone seen one like this before?

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I am pretty sure this and others like it are just a large surplus dealer using left over parts to make something he can sell. Take a left over or rejected blade and handle stamp out a piece to hold them together add a couple of rivets and scrap becomes a salable commodity. Then several years later a militaria dealer gets a hold of it and it becomes a rare prototype, cheap garden spade to valuable collectible in two seconds flat.

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There was a photo posted on this forum of a marine with one of these strapped to his back. I believe they were used, just not sure if anyone has seen a variation like this one.

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