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Adolf Cast plaque for mounting help please

Article about: I picked this plaque up over the weekend. I bought from another collector and had another collector look at it and said was a period made example. I am still on the fence about it and would

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    I picked this plaque up over the weekend. I bought from another collector and had another collector look at it and said was a period made example. I am still on the fence about it and would like additional opinions. The 2nd collector said these were fairly common and were commonly mounted on doors in hotels and such. I am not sure how common it was as this is the first one I have seen in my short time of collecting. No maker markings that can find.
    Thank you for looking.
    John

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    I would think with that screw thread fitting at the back, it would have had some sort of backing plate or wood frame, now missing. That to me suggests it is authentic.

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    With the soft details on the obverse and the lack of any foundry mark on the reverse & that single screw for mounting IMHO it is at best a re-cast of an original .... plaque or silhouette for a plaque or what have you.

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    Quote by mike41 View Post
    With the soft details on the obverse and the lack of any foundry mark on the reverse & that single screw for mounting IMHO it is at best a re-cast of an original .... plaque or silhouette for a plaque or what have you.
    I agree. I think this looks like a low volume production using an expendable mold and probably a permanent pattern.
    I would suggest most likely a sand casting process or possibly plaster mold casting.

    If it were a large volume production as something like this would undoutedly be in the period (large demand for party followers etc) it would be produced by die casting or even die forging (unlikely on economical grounds) and certainly the reverse would look nothing like this. A single screw post is unlikely on something of the size, you couldn't risk the Fuehrer rotating could you?

    It's not impossible that it is a period low volume production and as such a period cheaper copy of an original item but I rather doubt it. Most likely a post war copy.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards

    Mark
    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares more about than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature with no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

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    Thank you for the replies. Much unfortunate. Another school of hard knocks item.
    John

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