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L/53 Verwundetenabzeichen authentication.........

Article about: Hi guys and gals. I was hoping someone could show an authentic "L/53" marked zinc wound badge. I have a chance at one, but need to know what the reverse pin/catch set-up on an orig

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    Steve

    Missed this thread. Lovely badge in great condition, Steve. These solid versions, being earlier pieces (if I'm correct), are much nicer than the one I own.

    Congrats!

    Green

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    Thanks Green, and everyone for the positive comments.


    Silver and Gold grade badges are solid, Black grade badges are hollow.
    Early Sillver and Gold are usually made of tombac/brass and plated.
    Black badges were either tombac or steel and painted. War-time
    Silver and Gold badges are made of 'Feinzink' - these do not
    hold their plating all that well.

    It's possible that very early Gold badges were hollow, but I think
    these were actually very late war Black grade badges, devoid
    of paint and used in lieu of gold because of war-time shortages.
    No real proof of this, but it's rumoured that one or two Vets
    said they had been used in this manner.

    Below is a tombac/brass 'Black grade' badge, but there is not
    a speck of black paint on it:
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    Last edited by Walkwolf; 03-31-2012 at 05:18 AM.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    Thanks Green, and everyone for the positive comments.


    Silver and Gold grade badges are solid, Black grade badges are hollow.
    Early Sillver and Gold are usually made of tombac/brass and plated.
    Black badges were either tombac or steel and painted. War-time
    Silver and Gold badges are made of 'Feinzink' - these do not
    hold their plating all that well.

    It's possible that very early Gold badges were hollow, but I think
    these were actually very late war Black grade badges, devoid
    of paint and used in lieu of gold because of war-time shortages.
    No real proof of this, but it's rumoured that one or two Vets
    said they had been used in this manner.

    Below is a tombac/brass 'Black grade' badge, but there is not
    a speck of black paint on it:
    Thank you for the thorough explaination, Steve. Silly me, I didn't know gold and silver were solid and black wasn't. I though all early war badges were solid.

    I can see the late war black badge getting confusing. Can't wait for the next military show I attend and ask to see the 'black' wound badge whilst pointing to the gold colored one LOL

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    Thanks Green, and everyone for the positive comments.


    It's possible that very early Gold badges were hollow, but I think
    these were actually very late war Black grade badges, devoid
    of paint and used in lieu of gold because of war-time shortages.
    No real proof of this, but it's rumoured that one or two Vets
    said they had been used in this manner.
    I don't know how I missed this thread either!
    Congratulations Steve on a very nice silver wound badge!
    I was lead to believe that it was the other way around, that some hollow golds were made late in the war due to the shortages.
    Ralph.
    Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stamm. Kp. Pz. Erz. Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)

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    Good explanation Steve but worth pointing out that if anyone is offered a hollow 'gold' grade badge at a high price to walk away. The chances are it will be a black badge devoid of finish. 'Proper' gold awards are fairly easy to come by so don't overpay for a black badge with no finish.

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    I agree Adrian. I'm pretty sure that most people think these are worn
    'Black' badges anyhow - but indeed, worth pointing this out.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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