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WW2 Australian / Canadian Legitimus Collins No.1250 Bolo Machete & Sheath - 1940

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WW2 Australian / Canadian Legitimus Collins No.1250 Bolo Machete & Sheath - 1940

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Product code: 192

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A 1940 US MANUFACTURED SECOND WORLD WAR LEGITIMUS COLLINS & Co. No. 1250 BOLO MACHETE FITTED WITH ITS ORIGINAL CANADIAN PRODUCED LEATHER SHEATH BY H&C Co. LTD.  ONE OF A BATCH OF US MADE, CANADIAN PATTERN MACHETES SUPLIED TO CANADA DURING WW2 A NUMBER OF WHICH WERE SHIPPED TO AUSTRALIA IN MID 1942 FOR USE IN THE PACIFIC THEATRE.

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A 1940 US MANUFACTURED SECOND WORLD WAR LEGITIMUS COLLINS & Co. No. 1250 BOLO MACHETE FITTED WITH ITS ORIGINAL CANADIAN PRODUCED LEATHER SHEATH BY H&C Co. LTD.  ONE OF A BATCH OF US MADE, CANADIAN PATTERN MACHETES SUPLIED TO CANADA DURING WW2 A NUMBER OF WHICH WERE SHIPPED TO AUSTRALIA IN MID 1942 FOR USE IN THE PACIFIC THEATRE.

This very good Legitimus Collins & Co No.1250 Bolo Machete was manufactured in 1940 to a Canadian military pattern in the US by the Collins Co. of Collinsville, Connecticut.  The Canadian designation of these bayonets was actually ‘Knife, Bush, No.1250’but was an almost exact copy of the British designed ‘Bolo, Machete’. The Canadians shipped a number of these weapons along with other material to Australia in mid 1942.

The Legitimus Collins & Co No.1250 Bolo Machete was a Second World War purpose built variant of the 15-inch (38cm) Bolo commercial Machete, which was already extensively used in the.  These Machetes equipped all branches of the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces throughout the Second World War and in both Far East and European theatres and remained in service up until the late 1960's when it was replaced by the Golok No.2.

They are best known for their use by soldiers, sailors and airman operating in the Far East theatre during WW2, and a large number were issued to the 2ndAIF in the Pacific and the British 14th Army in Burma.  The Bolo shaped blade was of tempered and hardened steel fitted with a simple two piece Bakelite grip fixed with 4 copper rivets and with a carrying strap hole drilled into the pommel. Sheath’s were produced by various manufacturers including H&C Co Ltd in Canada who produced this example in 1941 and were of hard leather reinforced with brass rivets.  The sheaths were attached to load carrying equipment by integral belt loop.  

This Legitimus Collins & Co No.1250 Bolo Machete is clearly marked on one ricasso with the manufacturers trademark (crowned arm gripping hammer), name, type mark  and date of production; Legitimus Collins & Co. Made in US No.1250 1940.  This stampindicates that it was manufactured in the US in 1940 to a Canadian Pattern.  This example is fitted with twin Bakelite grips which are in good condition apart from some paint marks.  The steel blade is in good original condition with a patina consistent with age and use (see pictures).  This machete is correctly equipped with its original Canadian manufactured leather sheath in very good original condition.  The sheath does display evidence of use and is stamped on the rear face of the belt use with the manufactures name and the date of maunfacture, H&C Co Ltd 1941.

With regard to Australian service. Australia did not start production of machetes until late in the war when Scott Trojan & Sons, Victoria and DC in NSW began to produce a copy of the standard British & Commonwealth ‘Bolo, Machete’ known as the Machet 15”. Prior to that Australian troops used a mixture of British & Commonwealth manufactured and US supplied M.1942 machetes.  This particular example was purchased from a seller in Cairnes, QLD.  Attached to this listing for reference is an excellent Australian War Memorial photograph of two Diggers in New Guinea sharing a durrie, one of who has an almost identical machete hanging from his belt.

This is a very good Legitimus Collins & Co No.1250 Bolo Machete manufactured in 1940 to a Canadian military pattern in the US by the Collins Co: Steel hilted with two Bakelte grips, secured by a four coppere rivets.  Single edged steel bolo blade fitted with its original Canadian made sheath.

Maker: Collins Co.
Type:  No. 1250
Overall Length: 510.0 mm
Blade Length:  377.0 mm
Blade Width (at grip):  46.0 mm
Scabbard: Leather Service Issue
Overall Length of Scabbard:  503.0 mm

From Australia, the seminal Second World War Machete used by Australian and other British and Commonwealth forces.  This Legitimus Collins & Co No.1250 Bolo Machete is in very good condition and has not been messed about with.  It is not mint by any stretch and has clearly been worked.  However, if like me you prefer your edged weapons to display evidence of use then this Machete is well worth a look. You will not find a better example listed.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.5000
Country of Origin Australian, British, Other
Knife Type Machete
Maker Collins & Co
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1940
Overall Length (mm) 510
Blade Length (mm) 377
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 46
Scabbard Leather Service Issue
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 503