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I need your opinion about this badge.

Article about: Hello to everyone Few days ago i bought this German badge from an antique shop in North Russia. I just start to collect German military items and i am not specialist at all. Possibly its a c

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    Default I need your opinion about this badge.

    Hello to everyone
    Few days ago i bought this German badge from an antique shop in North Russia.
    I just start to collect German military items and i am not specialist at all.
    Possibly its a copy but can you please tell me your opinion ?

    Regards
    Nikos
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    Default Re: I need your opinion about this badge.

    i'll give you my opinion with the caveat that you wait for some more.

    i could be wrong but this just doesn't look right to me.

    the badge is unknown to me personally. the pin is very odd in the way it attaches to the hinge especially. the bend at the hinge attachment point is strange. you will see this kind of thing in some authentic badges, but the feature is formed with the pin and not bent into the pin afterwards as seems the case here.

    the "851g" marking seems odd and superfluous. the "ges. gesch" marking with the "Assmann" mark strike me this way as well.

    the hinge itself is attached "off centre" and this indicates a substandard level of workmanship i'd not expect in a period German badge of this type.

    the pattern of aging (tarnish) seems contrived to me as well.

    i have little confidence in this one.

    perhaps someone can enlighten me as to whether they have seen such a badge. i would not like to confuse my experience with the limits of the universe here.

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    Default Re: I need your opinion about this badge.

    I've never seen this medal before, either. Doesn't mean it never existed, though.

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    It's an NSDAP decoration, the Gau-Ehrenzeichen für Ostpreußen [Gau Honor Badge for East Prussia].

    (I don't think it's a real one, though.)

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    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    It's an NSDAP decoration, the Gau-Ehrenzeichen für Ostpreußen [Gau Honor Badge for East Prussia].

    (I don't think it's a real one, though.)
    thank you, HPL2008. that's really outstanding. i've never seen this one and will have to make a note.

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    Thank all of you
    Maybe somebody has an original and post some pictures?
    It should be interesting to see the differences between an authentic and the fake one.

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    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    It's an NSDAP decoration, the Gau-Ehrenzeichen für Ostpreußen [Gau Honor Badge for East Prussia].
    Here is a pic of one in wear...

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    Thanks Nick for the picture. didn't know of this badges existence.

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    The odd thing is, Assman did, indeed, make these badges, but the workmanship on This example is atrocious-just look as the horrible crooked hinge. A shame, as these badges are running somewhere in the neighborhood of $3,000 or more these days..
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Hello.
    As mentioned before this is supposed to be an Ostpreussen Gau Ehrenzeichen 1938.
    It is a nice looking badge but a reproduction in my opinion.
    The only genuine badges I have seen and accepted as originals are made from aluminium with an oxidised silver finish. This one seems to be made from tombac or similar.
    I have not seen one made by Assmann and there are none in his catalogue reprint. I believe there were only made by Wachter and Lange?
    All the best

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