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I'm uncertain as to the significance of the numbers 5X99
Interesting ..that Helps
Thank You ...Wonder about the #s ...1899 or may 99?
QUESTION IS THIS A DATE? .5.X.99
The thumb part appears to be broken; that part should stand straight up not at an angle. I can see in your pic a dark line that looks like a fracture.
The thumb mechanism has gone through changes over the decades. Yours is a relatively new style. The engraving is an after market offering.
The link is quite similar, especially the thumb mech. It also discussed engraving, charges for four spaces. (Yours has 4 spaces too). Note the price!!!
5x99 has some meaning in German but is not a date.