Can one of the more experienced members than myself recommend a way of identifying fakes? Medals are a very small part of my collection at present but I've started buying some to add to various groups of exhibits in order to add a little something which relates to that particular group.
It's thanks to this and another forum that I've discovered a substantial number of my items are fakes/copies. The firm, (with whom I have spent a considerable amount of money over the years), rarely describe their wares as such, so inexperienced people like myself can be easily deceived. Words like "ordanance marked", "pattern", and, "display", I have now learned to avoid like the plague, and I've had to re-catalogue a lot of pieces as copies.
I'll attach pics to illustrate some medals I have. I've been told that the Iron Cross, War Merit Cross, Eastern Front, and Vietnam medals are fakes. I can't think that faking the Defence and Commonwealth ones would be worth copying but now I'm suspicious of those as well?
I've been advised not to mention the firm in questions' name for legal reasons but am sure others will recognise this type of sales pitch.
Can anyone re-educate me, or perhaps start a thread called something like "beware of these"!
Many thanks in anticipation,