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Hawkins Mine - Repro?


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I bought this hawkins MKII mine in Normandy some years ago. It is quite similar to one of the two different models shown on this forum and elsewhere, but it looks to artisanal made and has been sprayed a reddish brown color

Poorly hand printed on one side: N° 75

MK 2

ROSKO 12/44

Thanks for any info, Steven

 

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At first glance it looks very home made. Even the stampings have been done by hand with a single flat stamping piece, not actual letters and digits. It also looks poorly made, not the result of machine stampings. Comparing it to originals, of which one I own, I would say it's a fake and quite a poor one at that. I would imagine someone wanted to have one before they were reproducing them, so made their own in their shed. It seems it has been passed on as original.

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