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Ostmedaille real?

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    The bubbling is normally a trait of zinc badges......

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    Quote by Adrian View Post
    The bubbling is normally a trait of zinc badges......
    Indeed it is

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    Quote by Adrian View Post
    The bubbling is normally a trait of zinc badges......
    I know Ade,but zinkers are usually darker & not as shiney. I may be wrong about the buntmetal on the helmet,it may be the pics. "65's" did come in buntmetal. But as you say zinc is well known for it's bubbling. Stewy

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    I don't have any reference but i'm sure i've read that these were only manufactured in zinc. Stewy can you direct me to any info regarding the tombak medals?

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    They were also made in Buntmetal Glenn

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    Yes, buntmetal and zinc were both used although zinc is by far and away the most common material to find.
    Zinc is a funny material. I think the finish relates to the actual quality of the base metal beneath. Poor quality zinc soaks up the finish like a sponge and better quality zinc not so much which accounts for the wide variations in finish found on zinc badges/medals. Couple that with storage conditions, handling, etc and you can see why some are found in much better condition than others. Manufacturing techniques also play a part too. Some coated their medals with a clear lacquer which keeps atmospheric conditions at bay and thus helps preserve finishes. Even the quality of the ingredients used in the finish will play a part.

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    Here is an interesting description

    Eastern Front Medal

    Nick
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    So both of mine must be buntmetal then, no surface bubbles on either of them!

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    I've only got an image of the Edward & Son (51).

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    Hi Glenn, that is Buntmetal.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Quote by Glenn66 View Post
    So both of mine must be buntmetal then, no surface bubbles on either of them!
    I've only got an image of the Edward & Son (51).
    Yep, that one is buntmetal.

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