Its snowy and super cold out so I pulled this one out with the thought of listing it for sale, but after playing around with it, decided to keep it instead (kind of like wishing your kid to go off to college and then changing your mind I guess!). This is an early Ithaca in the DuLite blue finish. Only about 25-30k of these were made before Ithaca switched over to the parkerized finish. For some reason, these early Ithacas in the DuLite blue are tough to find and more so in good condition such as this one. Probably because they were made in 43 and likely saw extensive use during the war. Wear marks on the various pieces tells me that this is all original and was likely brought home after the war. It comes with a 43 dated shoulder holster which has a name inscribed on it (full name on the front and "F A G" on the back, which must have been his nickname - guess the PC Police weren't around in WWII?). I did some research on this vet and turns out he was a bombardier aboard a B-24 flying with the 15th Air Force out of Italy. I have no proof that this set was carried together during the war (didn't get it from a vet's estate, etc.) but it does make a nice pair. I found a Missing Air Crew report (plane shot down) where Lt. Fagerquist was the witness to the downing, which is kind of interesting. Amazing what these "kids" went through in their early 20s. Guess that is why they earned the nickname of Greatest Generation. Wanted to share so enjoy!