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    Guest Rick Research

    Is it really dirty dull BROWN? Combatants were GILT and should have some of that finish no matter how battered.

    I'd say you have an ICKY.

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    the dark bronce ones are the originally issued examples of the medal - as they used a rather dark bronce, many gilded their original examples privately and some bought spangen-st?cke (those haven't the markermark on the bust of germania).

    so your medal is good and the price even more!

    (added a scan from the armee-verordnungsblatt 1908 nr. 95) - only bronce, nothing about gilding in any way as official issue.


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    Oh bugger...

    after seeing the spangen stuck I thought it was maybe fake after all and I did a polishing experiment to see what the base metal was...

    Now it is bronze, no longer with a dark patina dark...

    But I do see the microscopic makersmark..

    Guess i have to wait another 90 years to regain the patina :-(

    (I know, Me was silly... noone needs to rub it in...)

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