I am posting these pictures for a friend that I work with. His Father was a WWII veteran and brought this rifle back with a blood stained personal prayer flag and some other various items. The rifle is 100% matching number example as brought back after the war -although there is no bayonet or shoulder sling.
I really know nothing about these other than the fact that a rifle with an intact chrysanthemum is a cut above other examples where it has been ground off.
I would very much appreciate any input on basic information such as year of production, maker, type etc. An idea of an insurance value would be nice to know as well, although the rifle is not for sale. If any other photos are needed of any specific areas to help in the assessment, please let me know and I will get the owner to snap some shots of the areas.
Thanks all in advance.