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The one 0 on the left looks like it belongs to the 00 or 000 school prefix stamp family, but having it as a single 0 seems a little strange to me. And the stamp to the right of it looks almost Siamese.

Any clue what this is? The rifle itself and more pics can be found here.

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That is strange indeed. The 0 is obvious, but what is the character to its right?

From the other markings on this rifle as pictured in the auction It is clearly a rifle sent to the Ministry of Education to be forwarded to a school. Perhaps this is just a botched stamping of the second 0????

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I zoomed in as much as possible, but I can't make anything out. I can't get its Siamese-ness out of my mind.

Frank, I know the usual 00 and 000 for educational usage, but I don't recall a single 0, so maybe your theory of a botched stamp holds up. I was hoping someone here ended up with that rifle and could share more info.
 

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That is strange indeed. The 0 is obvious, but what is the character to its right?

From the other markings on this rifle as pictured in the auction It is clearly a rifle sent to the Ministry of Education to be forwarded to a school. Perhaps this is just a botched stamping of the second 0????

Frank
Frank, if you open the auction link and go to photo #14, there is another angle of that mystery stamp.
 

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here is the original picture.I had a hard time getting a clear picture of the SN
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I till cannot make it out. Perhaps an S, but maybe an 8.

S for Seinen?????

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I took another picture of it and it is a clearer
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At that magnification I see some similarities to the numeral '8.' However, I'm not used to seeing the '8' formed that way on Japanese gear. Kevin, I don't think you made much of an error in not bidding higher.
 

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At that magnification I see some similarities to the numeral '8.' However, I'm not used to seeing the '8' formed that way on Japanese gear. Kevin, I don't think you made much of an error in not bidding higher.
Thanks for the note, Fred. I agree, it does share an 8 shape. After that photo, I don't think it's botched stamping attempt. I think it is its own thing, but I have no idea what. I looked through my Siamese books, but don't see a similar character.


The fact that there's a single 0 is just as much a mystery to me.
 
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