10-03-2015 08:14 PM
A nice original, no issues with this piece...
Hopefully our friends Fischer and Ned will add their expertise...It's an attractive badge, I imagine noticeably heavier in hand vis a vis the usual hollow-backs?...
Surprisingly not Glenn. It weighs in at a minuscule 16.19 grams
I believe this is considered the earlier of the two hollow versions produced by FLL. Yours has a barrel hinge and a round wire catch while my later version has a sheet metal wrap around hinge and different catch, posted here.
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Nice addition Doug, congrats!
Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stamm. Kp. Pz. Erz. Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)
First off, nice zinc hollow Friedrich Linden, Lüdenscheid or FLL Design ISA...
This one has the smaller Block hinge and "?" style catch directly soldered to the reverse and I refer to this one as the Type 3.
In regards to early or late, we cannot be certain when it was produced.
At one time, hardware (among other things) was thought to give clues in regards to an evolutionary timeline for these FLL Design zinc hollows.
This one, having the smaller Block hinge and "?" style catch found also on the earlier tombak produced hollows lead to the assumption this was an earlier produced zinc hollow.
We now know this hardware set up was used on all three of the various FLL Design zinc hollows disproving this theory.
There are also multiple other hardware configurations found in use on all of these hollows.
My opinion now is we do not know if there is an early or late version of this ISA and we can only speculate on the actual production period.
The possibility also exists that these (3) hollows were produced at the same time using multiple die sets.
The Lüdenscheid ISA producers are a confusing lot and without creditable documentation, we can only speculate.
Best Regards, fischer
Here are the three FLL Design Zinc Hollow ISA's and the easiest way to identify them.
The Type 1 has the area between the Swastika and Kar98k cut away (Green Circle).
The Type 2 does not have the area between the Swastika and Kar98k cut away.
The Type 3 does not have the area between the Swastika and Kar98k cut away and also has a die flaw between the Kar98k and the sling (Red Circle).
If you compare these three, you will see the differences.
Notice on Doug's example it has the uncut area between the swazy and Kar98k and has the die flaw...Type 3
Best regards, fischer