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Engraved Stock Number on Summicron 35mm IV Tiger Claw

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Hi guys

I recently bought a Summicron 35mm IV  Tiger Claw and it has a number engraved which I cannot figure out:

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Does anyone have a clue what this number can be? My guess was military but I could not find out if this is true. 

Thank you to anyone who can help!






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Hi Ole,

My guess would be that it was owned by a newspaper that provided camera gear for its staff photogs from a pool of equipment and the number was a means of keeping track of which staffer had which lens.


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Hello Pete

thank you for your suggestion! That is a good guess. Now I just have to find the correct newspaper… 😉 Perhaps someone knows something - but it would be a luck shot since the glass is > 40 years old…



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