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    Well ~ As i see it mate ~ We have agree ~ not all is as it seemed ~

    All a little like the Time Team episode ~ Archeologists V the Detectorists ~ eh ?

    ( I am very tempted to become a full on Collector, but my better half has kept that on check ~ and she is right !! LOL After all enough relics ~ at the end of the spade ! )

    As I have stated I simply "dig them up" ~ ( and it is up to you blokes as collectors to add the clarity ~ )

    Sounds a good deal to me ~

    Oh ~ And a very nice WWI badge you posted originally ~

  2. #1042



    As an example and follow on of our intriguing conversation regarding Rising Suns and maker's marks ~ Dwayne who comes out with me these days ~ he sent shots of two of his (3) Rising Suns ~

    The first is one he "inherited'

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    The second the one ( that he 'found ' ~ literally embedded in the arch of his foot as a youngster while swimming at Tinaroo dam years ago ~ ) the latter has no mark or has deteriorated !

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    With this in mind I tend to err toward the majority having said marks but these that we dig while often are in excellent condition the marks have deteriorated over the passage of time (?)

  3. #1043


    Nice British made replacement Jerry. "Unmarked" was the norm with these Replacement GSB with the exception of the Tiptaft marked examples. Pleased you did not call it a "Light Horse Issued" GSB mate
    Stu the majority oft GSB were unmarked in both world wars. The manufactures used the same die's in WW2 as they used in WW1 with the exception of maybe General Plastics which was a post WW1 company. I would say 2 out of three are unmarked in any way. Sometimes the oxidation process (blackening) would create small marks or ripples on the reverse side which today look like old worn makers marks. Hope this helps Stu.

    All the best

  4. #1044


    It's possible it maybe a locally made Woman's Auxiliary badge made to look "American" to help identify the ladies to American servicemen. In saying that if true I feel it's "unofficial" and certainly not government issued.
    Hope this helps cobber
    All the best

  5. #1045



    Thanks for your input ~ I have had a couple of pundits make similar comments regarding the various RS issues ~

    I figured it would be a little unusual though to 'recover' nothing but unmarked versions ~ and I thought at least some should have the marks despite being 'interned' for 70 + years ~

    Anyway ~ an intriguing discussion ~ thanks Blokes ~

  6. #1046


    Well ~
    Seems I have had a win regarding the Rising Sun Manfact. stamp ~

    The issue came up again among our group and I checked several of the most recent Rising Suns I have found ~ and ~ Good stuff ~ first one and most recent is a ' Luke' company Melb ~

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    But the good news is I rechecked the second one recently found and it without a doubt one of my best finds, and it is a 'General Plastics' badge !

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    A nice score ~

  7. #1047


    Hi Stu,
    Nice General Plastics GS badge mate, well done. GP made examples are possibly the least common of the maker stamped examples. Shame about the missing lugs but still a nice one cobber.

  8. #1048



    Cheers mate ~

    I have a very adept and skilled jeweller on my books and 'Kai' maybe able to cheat and have him replace the logs... but certainly not at risk of jeopardising the integrity of the piece !

  9. #1049


    Well have to say while my posts have been quiet of late I have NOT been quiet in the field ~

    I have been working several sites including a GHQ ~

    I was there for a couple of hours last Weds ~ and I have finally ~ finally broken the hext that has seemingly been blocking my search for a AIF Military unit badge apart from AUST flashes and Rising Sun.

    I first thought I had retrieved a crumpled ball of copper wire ~

    But I soon realised I had something very special ~ The original owner had twisted it almost 180 degs ~ then folded it over and chucked it ~

    I very cautiously ~ unfoiled it ~ preying all the while not to break it ~ I did not break it ~

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    I have a new non-insidious method of cleaning brass ~ "Napi-San"!! Works a trick !

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    There has been considerable debate as to exactly who or what the rank was that wore this medallion ~ I do nto believe it is a Sniper's badge ~ I have not found the badge on line thus far ~

    Appreciate some feed back blokes! Thanks !

    Also out of interest, I also dug these puppies ~ Six in one hole which tells me the 'boards' were discarded by a Captain~

    (Also treated with 'Napi-San'.)

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    The shoulder boards I bought some time ago!

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    Also have had a run on Hat Rising Suns and ID tags ~

  10. #1050


    Very nice finds! I think the badge is for an artillery surveyor? Uncommon badge.


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