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Polish Para wing with jump wreath

Article about: Hi Guys, this wing resides in the collection of the British Army's Intelligence Corps Musuem. I had the pleasure of having a private behind the scenes visit there. I tried to fool Gary with

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    Looks like someone might get pulled into this one.... POLAND WW2 NICE PARA AIRBORNE BADGE WINGS serial # make on eBay (end time 06-Nov-09 19:36:24 GMT)

    Bids are climbing already, as a novice, and having you guys around, i'd say fake?

    for a start the numbers don't match, and it seems to be one piece?

    Any more obvious points?

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    Hi Mark,

    My understanding is not so much a fake as a commemorative or souvenir re-issue of sorts from maybe a decade or two ago. These have been floating about the market place for a long time and occasionally are held up as genuine WW2 issue both innocently and also by those out to dupe the unsuspecting. They came with a modern version of the Kirkwood & Sons marked spinner. Gary knows the full story on these, so please stay tuned . . .

    Regards,
    T.

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    I'm pretty certain these were comissioned as a representitive piece, and were on sale at the Hartenstein a few years back.
    No doubt, a few people have taken advantage of the point they have kirkwood markings, and try to pass them off as good.

    Gary J.

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    fair enough, will keep it in mind, Does that mean that the mis-numbering was done on purpose or just numbers picked from a hat lol?

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    Actually, the numbers used on these copies, are all non issue numbers .. which backs up the Kirkwood connection, as Kirkwood most probably have still a written record of the number sequences.
    They have been careful NOT to use issued wing and wreath numbers.

    Gary J.

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    I have it as badge 0126 being issued to a Jan Wilhelm HORL? who was never issued a combat wreath?

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    Mark,
    Could you post any pics?
    Rafal

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    here are same pics
    mariusz
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    Any one knows more about wings i have posted?
    mariusz

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    Mariusz,
    Could you post a picture of the back of the wing, ... and also what number is stamped into it ?

    Regards

    Gary J.

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