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No doubt about it,two good honest originals Tom.

I really like the Foerster & Barth U-Boat badge.

One of my favorite zincers is the F&B Hilfskreuzer award.

Cheers,Martin.

Edited by Martin W

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Awesome finds! I am a huge fan of all destroyer badges!! Yours is a beauty!

Hey Paul,

If you like that one, you will probably appreciate seeing this other JFS Destroyer Badge from my collection. I have had this one since the early 80s and it still retains its original finish.

Best regards,

Tom

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Wonderful Document and interesting story on the fact that he was issued a Demeur and later opted/spent for the more expensive schwerin model. Really specatcular and wonderful when it is attributed to relatives and family members. Really superb.

Regards,

JustinG

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Hi to all, I’m new to this forum…I have a few Third Reich awards which I’ve acquired over the years; however, researching them on the net always raises more questions than answers regarding authenticity! In a bit to draw some conclusions I’m keen to know what other members think of the following badge, particularly those who actually own JFS manufactured Destroyer badges.

I would also be interested if anyone has any accurate info on manufacturing processes and finishing treatments of such badges.

Thanks in advance.

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Hi Greg,

from the images you have provided i think you have a very nice original zinc badge by JFS,(Joseph Feix & Sohn,Gablonz).

These badges have been faked over the years but IMO you have a good original that retains most of it's original gilt finish.

I had a super example of one these badges some years ago,alas i no longer have it. They are die struck in zinc with fine detail and like your example the gilt finish held up very well.

Regarfs,Martin.

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Thanks Martin,

I’ve seen other zinc Kriegsmarine badges in varying degrees of grey, some light to quite dark, do you know why there is such a variation, is it just down to age or was the bare zinc sometimes treated/washed with a coating to finish them off?

The destroyer on my badge appears quite dark in the hand, with some wear to the high points revealing lighter zinc underneath.

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Hi Greg,

i think these zinc badges were treated/oxidised that gave gave the non-gilded areas of certain badges a dark hue.

As with the JFS Destroyer the "dark" finish can be seen on the globe of this late war Foerster & Barth Hilfskreuzer award in zinc.

This dark finish can also be found on the globes of R.S and F.O zinc HK awards.

Regards,Martin.

Regards,Martin.

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Just one last thing about this badge…. I’ve spotted a feature running along the edge which appears to be a split or crevice in the zinc. I’m guessing this is a fault formed as a result of the manufacturing process?

Has this been seen before on period badges and is it accepted that it maybe encountered on some original zinc badges?

Thanks again.

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