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Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch/Mine sweeper badge

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    Default Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch/Mine sweeper badge

    Just a small make real or fake

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    Default Re: Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch/Mine sweeper badge

    I would really like to see better, closer pictures in better light but I believe this is the rarest of all marked Minesweeper badges, made by Beco (Boerger & Co).

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    i like it.

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    Default Re: Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch/Mine sweeper badge

    Hi Guys,

    I agree with Adrian that the photos are sub-optimal. It certainly does look like a good Beco but there's an odd softness to the edges of the hardware, as though they were heavily worn down or even intentionally filed smooth for some reason?

    I've tried to correct the colour and enlarge the photos here. Look at the especially rounded edges of the hinge. Not quite sure what to make of that. Perhaps just a heavily worn hand-vaulted badge that was then aggressively mechanically cleaned?

    Best regards,
    ---Norm
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    Default Re: Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch/Mine sweeper badge

    Here's my variation 2.4.1 for comparison.
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    Best regards,
    ---Norm

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    Default Re: Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch/Mine sweeper badge

    Although Adrian's quite correct that the Beco Minesweepers are pretty uncommon (I've only seen about a dozen so far), it's not the rarest of all Minesweepers.
    FLL Type 1.4.4, I've only seen three of this variant so far...badges only a Minesweeper geek cares about. ;-)

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    Default Re: Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch/Mine sweeper badge

    It's either been worn Alot, or it's been cleaned heavily, as has been said, but it looks like a legitimate badge to me.
    William

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    Default Re: Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch/Mine sweeper badge

    Thank you for your valued opinion Norm, it's good to see a Beco badge as they very uncommon.

    With regard to the FLL badge, am I correct in thinking they were always unmarked?

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    It certainly looks hand vaulted to me. Aren't those plier marks at the bottom reverse of the badge?
    '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.

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    Default Re: Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch/Mine sweeper badge

    Yes, it's been vaulted and there are marks on it from either pliers or a vice. You can see the extent of the vaulting in Meech's photos.

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