It was quite encrusted or scaled when I first received it
Unfortunately not a good one. Note the casting porosity behind the snakes head at 9 o'clock, the poor centre section of the blade and the general softness of the definition all around, and the complete lack of a rim to the badge from 5 o'clock to 8 o'clock.
Reverse side, the hinge and catch are wrong, as are the 2 cutouts, again, casting signs of porosity at 9 o'clock.
'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.
Thanks Ned, I bought this 25 years ago, guaranteed original by Roger Steffen, I suppose say no more.
I agree with Ned.