WW2 Japanese Heiho (converted Dutch KNIL)
Cutlass, For Sale
In good condition, an unusual Japanese Indonesian occupation Heiho
cutlass with Chinese inscription for Hong Kong on scabbard.
One of two Heiho cutlasses we bought from a UK estate sale. Apparently
they were post-WW2 service personnel bring back trophies (the British
helped administer Indonesia / Dutch East Indies directly after Japan
surrendered in WW2, and there are quite a few of these in the UK).
The Chinese inscription is "Heung Gong" (Hong Kong) and
indicates this Heiho was one initially taken by the small Chinese
militia in Indonesia; we could find no physical connection with
Hong Kong itself as none of these weapons were present there (they
are converted Dutch KNIL cutlass from Indonesia), though Hong Kong
was the main transit point for displaced persons of every nationality
after WW2, but we do not see how displaced persons (civilians) would
be allowed or want to bring weapons with them as they transited
Hong Kong. So we believe the inscription is a dedication by Chinese
in Indonesia. In any event, it is an interesting subject worthy
of research, to say the least.
17 Inch blade in good condition and firm in hilt. The hilt / grip
in good order. The leather and brass fittings scabbard in good order.
The cutlass sheaves and draws well.
A scarce item made scarcer by the inscription. Nice price; £375.
Please quote item reference Q67. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box 0408-62x11x11 (0.960).