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    First World War German Empire
  1. well thanks alot - not into belgium - guess this is my first one! (came to me in a group of goodies)
  2. Anyone know what this is???? Looks like a MVK but it isn't
  3. Ok I understand the lack of swords for the type - but how can you tell the whole medal is homemade? I look at it and compare with mvk's of my own and the actual body looks ok along with the enamel! I really would love to get a show and tell thing going for the community - similiar to the really nice 1870 EK one on medalnet! From my standpoint one of the best ways to end fraud is to expose and drive out - the more people know the less these people can survive! (I would never do WW2 medals - seems like almost all of them are bad fakes!)
  4. For those of us newer collectors please explain the issues with that cross - I am many others would be greatly interested in hearing!
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    Brass EK2...

    pics do not do the color justice and yes that is center damage
  6. I picked up this recently and it is definately a non-iron brass with a very cool look! Anybody have any knowledge? I know they were made in brass for naval use
  7. From my knowledge of zinc - number 1 is zinc - number 2 looks like war metal wich is basically anything they can throw into a melt pot the mushiness would come from metals with different properties being combined in a somewhat crude way btw war metal is back - seen a lot of electronics from china using that type of thrown together material!!! war metal is nice term used for a country running out of raw materials for anything - especially metal (zinc had a lot of uses near the end in 1918 hence using any junk for what they deemed as not critical applications!
  8. I saw it before - and would love to ask - how did you quickly from a pic see it was a hemmerle???? I know your experience but what traits do you look for first on mvk's to so quickly spot the who made it and whether it is a fake! I can id a mauser bayo from 100 feet away but that is by form - trying to learn more about this area and the details!
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    Need help with Gew 98 furniture!

    I agree on the craftsman made way if fixing the problem - what my issue is with that is not having one to use as a pattern! I have a wall of 98k's and their variants but alas only this g98 - i have more furniture on my 71/84's and 88 commisions! I am almost at the point of getting a second g98 complete to use for reference - but for the last several years I have only seen WAY overpriced examples at gun shows!
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    1870 eks....

    Thanks I compared it to all the ek2 pics of confirmed good and looks like a type A - of course do not have another one to check the feel but there is no way to fake the feel of a period item! At least my experience with other items
  11. I have had a really nice 1915 erfurt G98 that has a lot of character and charm but has one problem - missing upper handguard! Anyone know someone who has one or anybody who makes them?
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    1870 eks....

    Last pic Hope these give enough details!
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    1870 eks....

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    1870 eks....

    Well I thought so on the 1st class - being painted - being too new (I have handled enough old stuff to sniff out age!) plus I got it for basically a copy price! (If it had been real I would have been quite excited but was pretty sure it was not when I got it) What quick ways do you use to determine? I have looked at a number of supposedly reputable dealers 1870 ek1's and I have to say a lot of them look awfully questionable for 1000 to 2000 dollars! Here are more pics of the EK2 - which when you have both in yours hands is everything the EK1 is not! Definately blackened not painted and looks very very type A - no ninth bead etc. - it feels 140 years old