Your lathe is a 1947, and yes a catalog model 444, would have the
code designation NAR in the serial number, that would be a 9" model A
6 speed horizontal motor drive(HMD) bench lathe.
I'm not sure about the 8 on the end on the number of a 9" , on the 10" tool room lathe
the 8 in the model number Designates a toolroom lathe, such as CL-8-xxx-x-x.