WHOA!! There's a massive problem with the maker mark in these clearer new pics. Note that the central parts of the letter 'M' on your badge only goes half way down to the bottom of the letter whereas on originals it ALWAYS goes down to the base. This is unequivocal in all cases involving original badges made by JMME but is often a point missed on even the best fakes. See the original example below in contrast to your badge. Another red flag form me is the domed rivets, they should be the Juncker type that are slightly flattened on the top, these are not.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
Hi, Ned's made a good spot on the makers mark, I have never seen an original JMME with those style "M's". Also I do not like the left arm of the swastika, it appears to be smaller than the other three arms and rounded off at the end, rather than square. I was hoping that this was a rare variant that I had never come across before but personally I am not comfortable with this badge being good. Leon.
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway
Good that you ordered additional pics Evgeni.
In my opinion this badge is a decent fake. Not only the maker mark is wrong imo as Ned already spoted out. The set up, rivets and also the typical signs of hand finishing is wrong for IMME/Juncker.
For comparing two IMME badges. One with pure IMME parts and the other badge with J2 eagle and wreath, but put together from IMME and with the typical IMME finish too.
Thanks a lot for your help guys! Appreciate that!