this is the early pattern Hobacher with the tin plate hinge and brass wire hook.
The lack of definition on the back stud of the helmet looks as though the die was wearing a bit when this one was struck
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Really? Why would a wearing die only affect the rear rivet? Shouldn't the entire badge be showing wear to the die if this were the case?
Now I'm really getting confused here... Some say the badges without the rear rivet are all fakes and others say not so. So here we have a nice marked badge without rear rivet that is genuine? I agree with Glenn, a worn die would surely show wear in other area too.
No need to get confused here lads.
Have a look at the pictures under maximum magnification and you will see on the reverse shots that the rivet is there.
To me if you can imagine that on the die the back rivet would be a protrusion.
After a few strikes under 11 tons per square inch or whatever the pressure is I believe that this small nodule that would be the back rivet would show some wear.
I think this badge is the classic example of that wear.
Look again at the back rivet on the reverse and then look at the obverse and you will see that the rivet is barely making an impression much above the background pebbling
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I have said it before, the lack of rivet doesnt mean it is a fake
"In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem
It is possible that the male or female part of the die which had the proud part of the rivet had been damaged to the extent the rivet area has worn or been broken off after continuous use. I agree with Glenn that if it was down to die wear to the extent this area has been worn away, there would be further evidence of worn details.
My suspicion is a broken or chipped die.
Looking for LDO marked EK2s and items relating to U-406.....
I like the German Small Gardener's Association pin....
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
Sorry bout that pin picture, something went wrong with uploading