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Gunto (military sword)

From the Collection of Geelong RSL Sub Branch 50 Barwon Heads Road Belmont Victoria

Description
2 x Gunto Japanese Swords, both swords have a curved steel blade, one sword has a metal scabbard, one has a leather scabbard.
One sword has a brown tassle indicating the rank of sergeant and three cherry blossoms on the grip, one has three cherry blossoms on the grip however the tassle is missing.
Size
The steel scabbard sword is 97.5 cm long and the scabbard is 73.7 cm long. The 2nd sword is 99 cm long and the scabbard is 71.7 cm.
Object Registration
GRSL145
Keywords
japanese, sword, non-commissioned officers
Historical information
The shin gunto was used by non-commissioned officers the design resembled the officer's shin gunto but were a cheaper quality.
When Made
Circa 1935.
Significance
These swords are originals of their time and would have belonged to non-commissioned officers.
Inscriptions & Markings
The blade of the sword with the metal scabbard has the number - 101657.
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:12AM