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Hi guys ,I was hopeing somebody could help me out on the stamps on this raincape I just bought.

 

The big "S" would mean a seize small perhaps ??

 

And then there is the broad arrow ,W on one side and D on the other. War Department, no prob.

 

But there is a second WD and another arrow, with a R above and the number 85 below ??

 

any clues ??

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No, its a R on top and then the W and the arrow and the D and below the number 85.

 

Im thinking the R could mean "rubberized" like it does on the ground sheet ? Or perhaps its a makers mark ? The 85 I have no idea about.

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I always was under the impression that WD meant War Dept and the broad arrow indicated "Utility" ie made during war time. I have a very nice bureau with the large broad arrow across the back.

 

Hope this information assists.

 

Gerry

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R=1939. Q 1940. P 1941. O 1942. N 1943. M 1944 L 1945 & also Z for 1945. But I think some of these letters were also used post war.

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WD is war department.    Tinlid what you mean Z for 1945 ?  Would that be a letter code to a certain year of manufacture ?

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There is a pinned thread on the letter codes and which years they apply for.

 

http://www.historicalwarmilitariaforum.com/topic/3525-wwii-british-broad-arrow-letter-codes-and-their-meanings/

 

 

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I never knew this, thanks a lot guys. :)  Perhaps it have been re-issued ? It does have 2 WDs one with 1945 and the other ,smaller stamp right next to it.

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