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It could even be NU ヌ452, or 421. 

I have a ヌ433 on file, but no photos.  When I first started recording numbers, I kept them in a spiral notebook, no photos.  So it's even possible this is one I saw online and thought it was 433.  It's a 1940 number, but we'd sure appreciate pics of the mei and date too.  Standing by for any updated photos of that number.

 

Thanks @Stephen!

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The 南 did not start making a nakago appearance until the following 32nd フ series.

 

「W」の刻印.  Ignore the の when translating into English.  It simply states "engraved W."

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15 hours ago, Kiipu said:

南 did not start making a nakago appearance until the following 32nd フ series.

Good observation Thomas!  I had one listed in the chart, MA 538, as NAN-stamped, but after checking the files, I don't see it.  There is an odd stamp below the serial number that I must have mistaken for a NAN:

 

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This one also has a very tiny star above the mei, which is quite peculiar:

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On 6/11/2022 at 8:30 PM, Bruce Pennington said:

Good observation Thomas!  I had one listed in the chart, MA 538, as NAN-stamped, but after checking the files, I don't see it.  There is an odd stamp below the serial number that I must have mistaken for a NAN:

 

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This one also has a very tiny star above the mei, which is quite peculiar:

 

Bruce

I know it's probably not, but the mark under the numbers is kind of like a 菅 inspection mark on some of Kokura Arsenal-made Type 30 bayonets.

 

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1 hour ago, matthewbrice said:

I have listed a rare Late War mounts Mantetsu.

Thanks Matt!  Looks like I have that one on file from a previous owner, but I appreciate the heads-up.

 

For anyone looking for something unique, I have over 300 Mantetsu on file, now, and only 6 of them are in this SMR Rinji-styled fittings.  I'd call that 'rare.' 

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Sorry for the double posts, but it should be noted on both these threads.  I have updated the Mantetsu -- South Manchurian Railway article to include a better description and photos of the unique MRS fittings.  It's a small change, but the original section was woefully understated.

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On 6/10/2022 at 9:01 AM, Bruce Pennington said:

Thanks John, didn't have that one! Interesting there is no "NAN" stamp.  Although, these can be struck lightly and hard to see.

 

Can someone quote the comment by the "W" stamp?  Just curious what they were saying here:

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@Bruce Pennington Not sure if anyone answered your question on this. There is a tiny "W" in the polishers stripes, near the mune in the shinogi-ji. Can't say I've seen the W in that location before.

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