Not wishing to be the bearer of bad news, but this shows all the hallmarks of a cast copy of a type 2 badge. The soft definition, gas porosity holes, odd looking hinge, the fat pin and lack of the scrape mark on the top of it that's found on all originals, the complete lack of grinding, filing and edge burr on the punched holes and shear lines make me call this one a copy I'm afraid.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
Don't think you need any more opinions beyond what Ned has provided but (except for his comments on the reverse hardware for which I know very little about) I agree with his conclusions. Poor casting, soft details and lack of hand finishing.
Don't own one of these but have been looking at originals in case one becomes available one day.
My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them
"Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)
The pommel of the sword...the circle round the swaz...the very soft details on the snakes and wreath.....sorry, but I have to agree-it's looking too much like a cast badge to be good....
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
Can only agree with the other guys. A nicely made copy, but not original.
I have to agree with your opinions. Thanks for your help!