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    I have just been asked if we have a clearer picture of this particular fake....and we do. Mike, here it is....post #17
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    I know, Simon... Better to know what you have in your collection than one day trying to do a trade, or sell items to purchase something else only to be told that they are worthless. Believe me, every collector has a box somewhere that holds their mistakes...myself included. Fakers have been around since time immemorial, this is why we collectors need to know our preferred interest inside out....and it's with thanks to people like Nick who start sites like ' The Gentleman's Interest Club' that give us a chance pass on experience to other collectors in the hope that they will not make the same mistakes.... Rule 1...If you are thinking of purchasing an item, ask for clear pictures and post them on the forum for opinions. Thank goodness for the Internet.
  3. It would seem that a combined group of HJ and BDM (League of German Girls) was set up for the purpose of aiding re-settlers. This makes interesting reading: http://www.bdmhistory.com/research/easternaction.html You should get in touch with the person who runs the site and put it to him/her/them. Let us know how you get on with the research.
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    I agree with ryuuk... Based on the Schickle/Mayer design, this fake has been around for some time. They can be found with sheet metal or round wire catches in an attempt to copy the materials used on originals.
  5. 10 quid to have that feeling of ye olde ticker racing in anticipation....cheap at double the price.
  6. The reason you can't find any reference for this maker and Para badges is that Gustav Brehmer, although a wartime producer of badges, did not supply Para badges to the Luftwaffe. This is a very poor attempt at faking a para badge, even down to the maker mark stating that they were based in Berlin when, in fact, they were based in Markneukirchen - Saxony. Brehmer was a premier manufacturer of badges, and to give you some idea how good they were.... below are some original badges, by various makers, which will hopefully show why the fallschirmjäger wore them so proudly.
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    Wound Badge, maker number 127

    These wound badges, marked 127, for Moritz Hausch, were heavily reproduced by Johannes Flock but came with a catch and hinge unlike those found on original examples by Hausch, being separately applied. Going on your photo's, I see a one piece badge (catch and hinge being formed during the die process) which is correct for original examples by Hausch. so, unless there are other fakes out there that anyone knows about (please comment if there are) I think that you have an original by this maker.
  8. Certainly not a Juncker (L/12) The reverse hardware is not found on any original examples that I know of.... I would have to put this one down to being a fake.
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    Part of my collection

    Simon, I understand that a lot of collectors rely on dealers to supply totally original items, but this is not always the case....mistakes are made in any collecting field, especially when there is money involved. The particular dealer that you purchased this badge from has a good reputation but does make mistakes, as everyone in this collecting field does, this is why I urge collectors to do their research into their particular field of interest....in other words, get to know your hobby so that you rely on your own experience. As an example, I picked a random item from this dealers' site and found that this item was sold for $220.00.... It is a well known fake. I was told, many years ago, by an expert in his field..."A person can never know everything about everything...get to know your field of interest through research, research, research...if you want to widen your field of interest....research, research, research. So, the random item that I came across is below....If you would like me to post an original of this item for comparison, let me know.
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    Part of my collection

    Hi, Simon Steinhauer & Lück and its wartime Vs post-war production can be an extremely frustrating subject as, as mentioned, the firm continued to produce badges after the wars end, it is thought to fill a demand for mementos by allied troops returning home. They were then involved in the production of the 1957 series of awards/badges. When it comes to determining wartime production from post-war (or fake) many factors come into play. As collectors, research is paramount, as is the need to handle as many original badges as possible…in this way, manufacturing processes, materials used, finishing, methods of assembly (rivets/hinges/pins and catches) will hopefully become second nature. Where the problem arises, with S&L, is the fact that many original parts were used during their post-war production….so collectors have to delve deeper and base opinions on the characteristics of known wartime originals….examples that have provenance, for example. Without going into too much detail, as that would take the best part of a book, and there are some very good reference works out there, I will point to one characteristic that leans me toward your badge being of post-war production. Wartime examples of the S&L Para badge generally had domed of flattened rivets, your badge has hollow rivets…something not found on wartime originals, but are found on early examples of the 1957 series. This, of course, is only an opinion, others may have different thoughts…but this is the problem we collectors face when it comes to Steinhauer & Lück and its prolonged production.
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    Part of my collection

    Definitely produced by S&L...but considered to be from their post-war production period.
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    Part of my collection

    Simon, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the Luftwaffe Observer badge is a well known fake.... These fakes were produced by casting parts from various makers and putting them together. If you look at the badge you will see that the eagle is a copy of an F.W Assmann type, the wreath is a copy of a wreath by C.E Juncker...no such collaboration existed. I would suggest that you post individual photo's of each piece (front and back) so that members can give a more informative opinion. In particular, I would like to see some photo's of the Paratrooper badge. Below is an example of a period 2nd pattern Observer badge by the firm of F.W Assmann so that you can do a comparison.
  13. So, numbers 1-3 all have Bulgarian medals, number 4 has (far right) the Rumanian Medal for Manhood and Loyalty with Crossed Swords. Bulgaria and Rumania were both members of the Axis powers during WW2 and these awards were given to both Axis and German members of the armed forces.
  14. The most comprehensive reference I've seen on the subject.... Thank you, Matthew
  15. Seeing that the bronze version of the IAB was introduced on the 1st June 1940 for all motorized/mechanized units...I would think that the three units you mention would fall into the category for bronze.
  16. I would have to agree with those who have identified this as a fake.. As Paul has pointed out, the reverse tells the tale... very soft details, incorrect catch and pin style for Redo.
  17. Any chance of clear closeups of the hinge and catch? BSW did produce an !AB with this type of reverse setup, but with the pictures supplied it's hard to give an opinion. I have an example of this type in my reference file...hopefully a comparison with the one you have will make things a little clearer.
  18. War Merit, EKII & Wound badge look to be original... the Ostfront raises a red flag due to the excessive wear....this could be due to it being either being a copy or a bad strike in the manufacturing process. If you are considering buying the Ostfront medal, there are better examples out there at very reasonable prices.
  19. Nice example, Bob...and cased.
  20. Luftwaffe badge production by the firm Berg & Nolte, Ludenscheid. Pilot's badge. Radio Operator/Air Gunner Badge Air Gunner Badge Paratrooper Badge Flak Badge
  21. The insignia for maschinen Nco and maanschaften is as below, this particular example being for the 'white jumper shirt'. NCO ranks are as follows: Gefreiter: cogwheel with one chevron. Obergefreiter: Cogwheel with two chevrons. Example of a maschinenobergefreiter patch for the blue uniform:
  22. I have just managed to pick up another early die stamped, nickel sliver plated tombak, Infantry Assault Badge by Otto Schickle. This one has the sheet metal catch and, as can be seen, has the most wonderful toning/patina. These badges come with two different types of catch...Sheet metal and round wire. Generally called 'Schickle/Mayer' badges due to the head of the Präsidialkanzlei, Dr. Otto Meissner, signing a decree, in June 1941, stating that the firm of Otto Schickle was prohibited from the manufacture and trade of orders and medals founded after January 1933....the reasons remain unclear. Schickle, however, were allowed to sell off certain parts of their leftover stock and the firm of B.H Mayer was one of the purchasers at a later LDO supervised sale. The one just in.... sheet metal catch. Round wire catch.
  23. I am not going to comment, other to say....I'm going to fold up in a fetal position and get over my envy. Soooo nice, Gary
  24. Hinge & catch show that it's a post war piece produced by Rudolf Souval.