This piece of field gear was an integral part of the U.S. soldiers' equipment used in the field throughout many wars. Designed after the very functional German/Austrian version, this M-1943 entrenching tool consists of a single folding blade, an aluminum locking nut, and a solid tapered wooden shaft made of oak or hickory. This tool is marked with the stampings US, the name of the manufacturer "WOODS", and the date 1945. There is consistent wear and some rusting on the metal as this piece has obviously been used a few times.
The carrier is a light olive green color which has some fading and wear. The interior is stamped with the manufacturers name, "TULSA CANVAS PRODUCTS CO. and the date 1944. There are some additional inked markings, mostly numbers, on the interior in black, but I am unsure of their meaning. The opening of the cover is reinforced with sewn in leather, and the lower opening is reinforced with six blackened brass rivets. The closure snap is also made of blackened brass and functions perfectly. The rear of the cover still retains its adjustable pistol belt wire hanger. The sturdy and solid tapered hardwood grip in in excellent condition with no cracks or chips.
A really nice piece that would look great on a mannequin display!