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Tursas

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    ID Weird A-H Flying badges

    I've found another type of fake Zimbler badge: The seller of this badge was honest and openly admitted it is not an original Zimbler, and the price he asked for it was not high. All sellers are not as honest, so buyer beware, as always! I'm sure this is not the only badge of its kind available in the collector market.
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    ID Weird A-H Flying badges

    Hi Elmar and thanks for your reply! So he had some kind of a workshop? Then it sounds like quite a few people must have acquired these copy badges over the years in their collections. Buyer beware!
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    ID Weird A-H Flying badges

    Interestingly, I found another similar badge being sold on eBay. There are now two of them from two different sellers. Apparently, this one was acquired from Germany in the 1970s. So this type of fake Zimbler badge has been around for a while.
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    ID Weird A-H Flying badges

    Thanks for your opinions! Then it is as suspected - the badge is a collector's copy. I wonder if they already used fake Zimbler marks in the interwar years, or is it a later practice?
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    ID Weird A-H Flying badges

    Hello, I requested a close-up. Does it help at all with identifying?
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    ID Weird A-H Flying badges

    Hi Tifes and thanks for your reply! Unless I'm mistaken, Zimbler went out of business soon after the war, so that would definitely make this a suspicious badge. I know that former Austrian pilots purchased privately made badges for themselves and also wore them in the post-Great War decades, but why would another firm use the name of Zimbler on the eagle? So I agree that this is probably a later collector's copy, albeit of a very high quality.
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    ID Weird A-H Flying badges

    Gentlemen, What do you think of this field pilot's badge? Could this be a wartime badge or a private purchase? Or maybe even a more recent fake? IMO, it doesn't quite look like the officially awarded Zimbler badges, but I'm not an expert in such items, just interested in their design. It's not mine, so I have only these two photos of it.
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    Help for a new Ottoman collector

    Hi Demir and thanks a lot, that's really helpful. I'll start with the books first.
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    Help for a new Ottoman collector

    Hi and thanks for the website recommendations! Both seem like great sites. Keep 'em coming!
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    Help for a new Ottoman collector

    Hello everybody! First post here. I tried searching for a similar thread but couldn't find any, so I created a completely new one. I've been collecting Imperial German and Austrian medals and orders for some years now, but recently I've also become interested in the history of the Ottomans and especially their awards. I already have one Ottoman War Medal and a silver Liyakat Medal with swords in my German collection (they came along with some German medals), but that's all. And I really don't know much about these awards at all! So I'm hoping to hear some advice from the experts here. Are there any good books available on collecting Ottoman medals? That kind of basic research should of course be the first step for any new collector in the field. And which trustworthy sellers can you recommend, once I get to that phase of the hobby? I know several good ones for German and Austrian stuff, but absolutely nothing for Ottomans! Thanks in advance!
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