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I just acquired a Western L66 in great shape, and was wondering if any of you might be able to help with dating it. I can’t seem to make NING upload a picture, but I will do so as soon as it can be beaten into submission. (I’m in touch with Jan, and he is a great help!)
It is a stacked-leather handle, with the characteristic H-shaped leather washers. It has a brass guard, and a bird’s-head aluminum pommel pinned on.
The tang stamps:
On one side: L66
On the other side, in three straight lines:
PAT’D.MADE IN U.S.A.
Have you looked at the dating chart here?
There may also be some info in here
According to this it is Circa 1935-1950