Captured Japanese Samurai Sword captured on Iwo Jima Island: named, signed "MAX the BEAR" and "IWO JIMA" with 4th Division Patch
Lot 155
Iwo Jima. A captured Japanese sword
Captured February-March, 1945
Sold for US$ 23,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Iwo Jima. A captured Japanese sword
Captured February-March, 1945
A Japanese officer's standard military sword, metal grip, fashioned to look like cloth, the scabbard painted 'Cpl Max S. Beirs the "Bear"', and lettered 'Guam Saipan Iwo Jima' with the letter '4'.
length 38in.

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York, 1995-2007

    Provenance:
    The War Museum

    A captured Japanese sword at the Battle of Iwo Jima by a Corporal Beirs of the 4th Marine Division.
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