Going to have to disagree with you respectfully on the first bird and it differs from these and maintains a couple notable things that I like to see on period pieces. I believe it is fact correct. The mounting configurations are important and you can sometimes call a bird off them on their own, but in other cases and in most cases actually there are several things to look for. The RR eagle may be right as you say and they actually vary by maker, so not only do you have to know the birds in general, each individual manufacturer has its own tell tales and when I get to Wehog and particularly APAG I cannot always make a quick and decisive call. Of course I am working off of photos that are not the best so the RR eagle is more difficult for me with those that are shown here, but the first I am pretty sure its o.k at least by the standards I use and things I look for.
12-07-2014 04:21 PM
The second eagle I refer to is the 2nd Art-Deco political eagle that I posted pictures of- not the railway eagle. I was just pointing out the differences between the first Art-Deco political eagle posted at the start of this post (with the railway eagle) that doesn't have these mounting points and looks to be sand cast and the Hermans Eagle that i posted that has mounting hardware and is mould cast. No problem with respectfully disagreeing, that is what this forum is all about. The wreath around the swaz for example looks to me to have no sharp definition and to be a repro sand casting of an original.
I looked at the wreath as well and the bird has a couple sloppy points to it, but it also has a couple things that were done during the period and a guy would need to know those things and none of the fakes have it that I have seen before. So many birds lately, sometimes I think my brain is going to melt looking at them all. Crazy hobby it is.