"In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem
As many of you may know, darker enamel was very common place, except it was mostly prior to RZM regulation. I have RZM badges showing orange hues and red hues. Some are also candy apple red while others are black cherry. Each will get posted as pics and some research gets completed. As collectors keep the variants and rarer badges out of circulation, we see RZM pieces more frequently and all badges seem to be compared to them. They are not the same and vary from maker to maker, even during the RZM period. While RZM provided manufacturers with tight manufacturing guidelines, there was enough wiggle room for some variation. M1/90 that I posted shows this in letters A and N touching at the base. Some badges have red enamel spilling over the letters. Without really looking, these details are lost. I am researching two badges by the same maker, from different time periods, and in doing so, I have to learn to use software that is new to me. I was convinced the earlier badge was a fake but under higher magnification, I'm certain it's a wonderful early variant. All of this just means that there are too many things to know and only research time will push the ignorance out!
I have also learned that one particular die or stencil was shared by multiple manufacturers during the RZM period. I'd like to thank JO for that information and thank him for his website's information that was a "jumping off point" for me.
I'll see what I can do this week, Green, and thanks for the extra info
about the darker colour being acceptable. Still a bogus piece
- I now know - according to the guys, who have never
seen a legitimate badge from this maker..........
Thank you Tom,
It is a fine example. The image of yours that is on its way to you now, shows what a good example will join your collection soon too. Well done, and when it arrives, be sure to show the reverse if you don't mind.
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Thanks Carl. Will do.