Here are some other blades with a similar mark (so we can rule out it being the soldiers name) and a link to a thread where these stamps were discussed a little more: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1213
. No real conclusions though I'm afraid.
I know I said it was Pa
, but I've got a vague memory of showing to a Nepalese relative who said it could also be "Wa/Oah
" like Noah without the N. The symbols placed in this location seem to be unusually hard to translate, perhaps they were using some unique abbreviations/contractions?
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Another first rifles Pa 23 longleaf 1.jpg [ 114.11 KiB | Viewed 74 times ]
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Another longleaf inscription Pa 23.jpg [ 24.49 KiB | Viewed 74 times ]
Afraid I can't be of any use with the European stamps.
All the best