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Authentication of a few awards i have been offered

Article about: I have been offered this assortment of german badges, medals ect. I can see in the photos that there are fakes and even a fantasy item (nazi/U.S. flag pin) for example. Since I know this dea

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    Default Authentication of a few awards i have been offered

    I have been offered this assortment of german badges, medals ect. I can see in the photos that there are fakes and even a fantasy item (nazi/U.S. flag pin) for example. Since I know this dealer sells/trades fakes, I do not fully trust him. i will appreciate any opinions on the items.

    I want to trade some of these pieces for my german helmet. he says that he will trade $1000 worth for it, but im not even sure of the general value of my helmet, which is on one of my older threads. feel free to take a look at it
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    Default Re: Authentication of a few awards i have been offered

    Can you get closer pics ? We need to see the reverse of many of those items too. Also I would stear clear of any dealer who is known to peddle fakes !

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    That is quite an assortment of items.
    Post the buckles in the Buckle forum and get good front and back shots.
    From the photos the first EK2 looks like a good Wachtler & Lange.
    The DKiG will need some better photos to be sure as the details aren't clear enough to make a definite decision either way.
    The Ground Assault badge stands a chance, possibly an Arno Wallpach, however better shots would be helpful as I'm not keen on the eagle's beak from the photo above.
    The Blockade Breaker is a known fake, Richard Feix didn't make this badge.
    The Luftschutz medal and Wound Badges could be OK but where are the reverse shots?
    The eagle and three tinnies I have no idea about and the EK2 missing the ring needs an obverse shot but looks OK.
    The Imperial EK2 looks good, the Spange I can't tell from the photos, the eagle and German/Japanese badge I don't know.
    The final EK2 is good, possibly a Deumer, the Wound Badge and German/U.S. badge I can't help with.

    Remember, good, clear photos, straight on, no fancy angles or lighting are a must to be able to authenticate items with any degree of certainty. If the dealer/seller send photos like these, ask for better ones!

    PLEASE read this thread: Photographing Medals and Badges.

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    My advice is don't get into any deal with anyone you don't trust, regardless of the item. He is clearly selling fakes.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Thanks you guys and Adrian for the help, yes i understand that its kind of risky dealing with this guy. I'm thinking about changing my mind!

    Regards,
    Finn
    Last edited by Rommel1942; 10-22-2010 at 10:55 PM.

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