Austro-Hungarian Army WW1 Field Saw Shovel

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*Note* These shovels vary a fair amount in colour, sharp/flat edges & length. Some have longer handles than others. These will be picked at random - please check the last picture for an example 

A shovel to surpass empires! It didn't take long for this one to outlive its own as Austro-Hungary dissolved at the end of World War I. That makes some of these shovels in excess of 100 years old. Most don't have date markings but the younger ones would likely be in-between the interwar period. When they were retired though is another question!

Jack of all trades, master of none best describes this shovel saw design. A flat head leaves much to be desired for digging and a dull century old blade might take a while to cut through something. However we did try one on a prime, dry wooden pallet and they still go pretty hard! Some have been painted and repainted again and have seen a serious amount of work over the century. Commonly, the handles have been replaced, cut down or extended by soldiers to help them maneuver or dig easier. The shovels came with flat edges (apart from the saw edge) from the factory but some have been sharpened by their former owners. Each one has its own scars or sometimes markings cut into the handle giving them plenty of character.

Definitely a relic, these would go great in a Austro-Hungarian collection but no doubt they can still shift plenty of soil yet!

Features:

  • Genuine Austro-Hungarian Army surplus
  • Built in saw edge
  • Wood & steel construction
  • Short handle for easy stowage
  • Old - up to a century old!

 


Dimensions: Approx 50-60cm L x 15.5cm W
Content: Wood and Metal
Colour:
 Varying wood & metal colours
Condition: Used/Good -  Item is well used. There may be marks/stains/scratches or repairs, but it is still in functioning order. If you want more information on our condition ratings, check out our condition guide

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