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Topic - WW2 Swiss Ice Axe

widget - on 19 Oct 2012
Hopefully this is the correct place to post this.

I picked up a 1942 ice axe recently and was wondering how common these are to find? The wooden shaft is in very good nick and it has the following stamped on the side of the pick:

On one side:

Gerb. Andenmatten
Schweiz
Saas-Almagel
1942

On the other side there is a small square and within it has: + arm (which I guess is the Swiss army mark?)

So I gather it must be from the Saas Almagel region of Switzerland. The only bit of information I cannot find much about is the Gerb. Andenmatten. Any information on this would be much appreciated.

Cheers,
Tim
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