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An "Out of the woodwork" Japanese Knee Mortar and case

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An "Out of the woodwork" Japanese Knee Mortar and case

#1 Post by lthilsdorf » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:37 am

Just picked this up Type 89 knee mortar last month locally from a lead when I was displaying at the Rochester NY show. It was brought back by a local veteran, but I bought it through a third party. Online research showed that he served on the USS Limestone, a non-self propelled barge that served in the Philippines. I couldn't find a photo online of the actual ship, but I did find one of it's sister ships that I included in the second post.

I have a nice condition case that came with it too. Hard to read the date on the ink stamp though. Also had a towel showed in the top of the case with the words "Naval Transient Hotel" written on it. It's my first example of such a piece since I started collecting Japanese rifles, so I was very pleased to add this one.

The the white case appears to be made by the sailor who brought it home. He stenciled his name on several areas of it and it fits the mortar and its case perfectly.

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Re: An "Out of the woodwork" Japanese Knee Mortar and case

#2 Post by Cattus Borealis » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:01 pm

Awesome!

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#3 Post by ffuries » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:27 pm

Wow, I'm at a loss for words.........
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#4 Post by echo1 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:27 am

Super bad. PAX

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