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Old 13th January 2007, 07:43 PM   #1
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Hello. Can anyone tell me what S S ) 3 7 4 means on this kuk?

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Old 13th January 2007, 08:06 PM   #2
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mmmm never seen an SS mark before, 3 arabic numerals normaly denote a soldiers last 3 identyfying numbers in British or British Indian units or Nepali units attached to Brit .indian army post C.1900 pre.c.1920 in my expierience to date.

The intials sometimes identify army base,armoury or indeed unit.

Can you do a close up of the ss & number ? so I can see the nature of what type of stamp , that made the stamp.

That sometimes adds a little info.

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mmmm never seen an SS mark before, 3 arabic numerals normaly denote a soldiers last 3 identyfying numbers in British or British Indian units or Nepali units attached to Brit .indian army post C.1900 pre.c.1920 in my expierience to date.

The intials sometimes identify army base,armoury or indeed unit.

Can you do a close up of the ss & number ? so I can see the nature of what type of stamp , that made the stamp.

That sometimes adds a little info.

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That is as close as I can get with my camera. I thought that pic was OK. That is what the S S ) 3 7 4 looks like. I haven't seen markings like these before.
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Old 13th January 2007, 11:24 PM   #4
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Old 15th January 2007, 03:17 PM   #5
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Thanks Rick, BBJW,


Sadley its not clear enough for me to see what tools, made the tools that made the stamps, so that doesnt take us any further forward.

To illustrate the point.

Heres a kukri, with Nepali made Devangari stamps made from many individualy shaped tools for each stamp.

It also has what appear to be hand cut British Indian made western numeral stamps that often occur on British Indian kukri.



Its from IKRHS & owned by Mike.

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/editp...ditpost&p=40339

British made stamps cut with wheels by tool & die makers look mpore precise than the Indian ones.

One finds many kukri come out of Nepal some saw Nepali army use, Some British Indain, some post independance Indian & some acombination of all the above.

I cant even guess at what SS means, It doesnt match any unit I can recall, So An armoury where it was inspected or a base it was issued from is most likely.

For instance.

Co. is Cossipore.
Ca. is Cawnpore.
FW is Fort William
RP is Rawlpindi etc.etc.

But British India was a big place including, India,Bangladesh, Pakistan, parts of Afghanistan, Burma etc.

Sorry its a questian I cant give a definative 100% answear to.

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Not quite the same detail of photo perhaps?

Tends to look like the stamps that are were made & used on British Indian Pieces.

Which possibly or to my way of understanding to date probably means it was issued to either British Indian Gurkhas,Dogras,Garhwali, kuamon or Burmese units in the early 20th century.

Do you like it? how long is the blade & what does it weigh?

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Not quite the same detail of photo perhaps?

Tends to look like the stamps that are were made & used on British Indian Pieces.

Which possibly or to my way of understanding to date probably means it was issued to either British Indian Gurkhas,Dogras,Garhwali, kuamon or Burmese units in the early 20th century.

Do you like it? how long is the blade & what does it weigh?

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Yes I do like it. The blade is 14 1/4 inches and I don't have a scale that goes that high, but it weighs more than my 1917 MK ll pictured.

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