Well, I agree Martin is "the man" for Hilfskreuzers. It thanks to his interest, support and his great collection that we know what we do.
Having said that he's a little too kind towards this "S&L", due his gentlemanly and trusting nature. ;-) Although it's similar to the post-war assembled S&L badges, it's actually an outright fake by Staegemeir which was based on S&L's zincers with the "Type 2" post-war globe -- a fake of a post-war badge. The base metal and the hardware are wrong and you see a combination of Staegemeir features -- the abrasions on the reverse, the slightly oversized catch plate and the wrong rivet which matches neither S&L's wartime nor their post-war rivets.
Here's a compare of that catch and badge surface to a Staegemeir "Schwerin" and a Staegemeir "S&L". Dastardly.
04-01-2014 04:59 AM
Hi Norm , thank you for this additional information, very interesting. It's a sad day when even the fakes are being copied! Still it only highlights that the attributes of an original piece remain constant and the copies can only strive for that "perfection". Thanks for your knowledge and willingness to share it ,both Norm and Martin! Leon.
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