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WWI Original Hungarian Military Antique Shovel

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WWI (yes, WWI) Original Hungarian Trench Shovel

This is a true collectors piece; the original military shovel used during WWI by the Austor-Hungarian military. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 set off a diplomatic crisis when Austria-Hungary delivered an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia.July 28, 1914 Austor-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

This shovel was used extensively by the Austria-Hungarian military to dig trenches, dig latrines, and assist in digging out stuck vehicles.

The original wooden handles are 11" long, the 7.5x6.5" steel spade is secured to the wooden handle with two rivets and the back of the spade is welded to the front of the spade.

Some of the shovels have the initials of the military member that used them scratched into them. This shovel is truly a collector's item in original used condition; wooden handles have worn marks and the spade has rust and scratched off paint. Our picture is representative of what this antique piece of history looks like. 
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5.0 5
"This shovel is amazing! Mine came in much better shape than the one they used in the item photo. They said that some may have initials carved into them and mine does! It even has a simple asterick type shape carved into the bottom of the handle. Overall amazing quality for a war relic. Also an incredible price for such a historical artifact. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in WW1. Mine also differs slightly in style than the one they used for the photo."
5.0 5
"Exactly what you expect. Neat looking shovel. It good enough condition to use as its intended. But... more of a conversation piece."