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Verwundetenabzeichen gold mm 107

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    Hi guys,

    I just got this badge the other day. It is supposed to be a mm 107 GOLD !
    The needle sure looks like a goldplated one, but the badge does not have any gold left.
    It is lackered in some way, seems to have been done a ong time ago. Spots where the lacker is missing are very dark.

    Does any of you have the same experience with 107, that all finish is gone ??

    Mfg
    Marc
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    Hi

    Would agree with it being a 'Gold' example from these pics. Very common to find mid to late war zinc badges like this with very little finish remaining, still a nice item with character though.

    Cheers
    Cameron

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    it happens Marc,but still a nice badge.

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    Zink has a habit of eating gold,silver and bronze finishes off of items over time. In many cases, like your badge here, the only way that you can tell is from the pin-which is steel and retains the finish better than zink. Unfortunately,nothing can be done about it....I've seen so many Close Combat Clasps that are silver and even Gold but only their pins show any coloration to them, and the Wound badges are no different....is sad,considering what a person had to do to earn them.
    William

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    Thanks guys,
    Would you leave the varnish or clean it off ??

    Mfg
    Marc
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    Hi

    Personally I would leave as is, but as it is yours it is of course up to you.

    All the best
    Cameron

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    Quote by unimarc View Post
    Hi guys,

    I just got this badge the other day. It is supposed to be a mm 107 GOLD !
    The needle sure looks like a goldplated one, but the badge does not have any gold left.
    It is lackered in some way, seems to have been done a ong time ago. Spots where the lacker is missing are very dark.

    Does any of you have the same experience with 107, that all finish is gone ??

    Mfg
    Marc
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    Hi Marc,

    The laquer is most likely original to the badge as Wound Badges by Carl Wild are regularly found laquered only to have had the gold finish absorbed over the years. Strange, but apparently true.

    Here's an example with exactly the same thing going on:

    107 Silver Or Gold ????? - Page 2 - Wehrmacht-Awards.com Militaria Forums

    So probably best to leave as is.....

    Regards, Ned.
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    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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    Thanks again, I will leave it for sure :-)

    Mfg
    Marc
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