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Catalog Number 2378
Title Bolo, Philippines
Object Name Bolo
Description Slightly curved, single-edged blade has a long clipped point. Thickness of blade tapers from approximately .25" to point. Finish is somewhat smooth, bright iron with spots of corrosion. The hilt is composed of a spool-shaped piece of dark wood for the grips, with a round upper alloy ferrule at the base. A flat strip of iron is fastened to the end of the pommel with riveted tang and then curves beneath the grips as a knuckle bow and terminates in a narrow quillon bent forward over the blade.
Date 1880-1898
Year Range from 1880
Year Range to 1898
Culture Philippines
Material iron alloy, wood, copper alloy
Made native
Place of Origin Philippine Islands
Used Philippines
Length (in) 25.013
Event Spanish American War
History From the Collection of S.D. Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick was born in 1859 near Vinton, Benton County, Iowa. At the age of three months, his family came to Nebraska by the way of Nebraska City and Tecumseh. In 1859 they located about 10 miles west of Beatrice. S.D. worked on the family far until about August 1881 when he joined his brothers, John D., William H., and Robert J. in the business of railroad construction. He was in charge of the Aspen Tunnel Construction in 1899. He was also primarily in charge of the family's Picabo Ranch. In 1898 he married Mary Bradt in Beatrice. In 1905, he completed construction of their home in Beatrice. The couple adopted a daughter, Mary Rosanna Sherwood, in 1912. Mary Rosanna was Mary Kilpatrick's niece. S.D. died July 18, 1925 and was buried in the family mausoleum in Evergreen Home Cemetery. See "It's in the Blood: The Story of the Kilpatrick Brothers" by Chris Millspaugh and Jean Swartling for more information about the Kilpatrick family.

Originally listed as "Cuban machete" but has all characteristics of Filipino Bolo.
Credit line Mrs. S.D. Kilpatrick, Beatrice (Gage), Nebraska
Collection Kilpatrick, S.D.