'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.
i have about 40 HSK awards,including miniatures and 57'er's.
I rarely buy any awards anymore unless they are named or come with provenance from known HSK crewmen.
Besides,prices have gone through the roof on these awards,and other awards too.I do not buy from dealers now,just privately.
I agree with everything that's been said here, and I'll just add that we don't know what Rettenmaier did with all their leftover stock (and tooling) as they continued in business until the present day. So despite being in Germany rather than the legal haven of Austria, there's no reason why they couldn't have leaked a considerable load of leftover stock in the post-war decades -- just like Souval and S&L. There's no doubt Rettenmaier was making these badges in late wartime but their post-war activity (if any) remains unknown.
Another observation: I'm of the opinion that like Mayer's zinc badges, all Rettenmaier's wartime zinc badge production was for the LDO market and not issued directly to sailors by the KM (in the manner of Juncker's badges).
Thank you all so much for your valuable insight. I'll contact the dealer tonight. I hope to add this piece to the collection
Personally, I would pass on it, myself. If it Is genuine, why bother adding a strange number to the back? It wouldn't add any considerable value to it and you take a chance on ruining or damaging a genuine badge, if this is the case. The logic just isn't screaming at me here. I think Norm has a Very valid point when he questions if these pieces are post-war or not.
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."