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I've been trying to find manufacturing date info on the J.H. Bunnell key ("J.H. Bunnell&Co" is stamped on top of the frame), but it seems to be somewhat unique. Most J-38 keys that I've found online have a binding strap that is bolted to the top of the frame, but this one is bound by the LINE binding post instead.

On the bottom is a white stamp that seems to show "SC 16 k", I'm not sure about the "k". So maybe 1916, or maybe this key has a bakelite base stolen from another manufacturer?

Appreciate any help identifying this key.

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It appears to be an inspector's stamp. It's not uncommon for such a stamp to include the inspector's initials along with a plant number, date code, or lot number. Guessing it was stamped by someone whose initials are "SC."

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, an inspection stamp. My take on it was SC means Signal Corps and 18 was the inspector himself. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 22, 2020 at 17:27

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