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Called a " common fake".Said to be "obvious ".Not to me.Perhaps I'm too obtuse.Anyway,I'd appreciate it if somebody could walk me through it,perhaps with a side-by-side comparison with an original.

Thankful for any help.

Steve

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Steve,

If I knew I would tell you, the best idea is what you suggest. Try and find a picture example of what is 'deemed' the real deal and sit them side by side. It is very well made but for the money they command I expect the fraudster will go the distance. It is only obvious if some-one shares the reason why and the source of the info. I never bother looking at these level of badge since I doubt I would ever find one that is beyond doubt and in my price range (the scrap value of the zinc). I am looking at an old Niemans book page 710 and yours is similar but not identicle to one in his book. Now bare in mind he used to authenticate and dictate market value of these type of things so I think it is fair to assume a lot of what he called original is far from it since he was like a law unto himself. The difference I see are the feather detail on the eagle and that yours has a lop sided appearance, the right wing (as you fly) is higher and a bit larger than the left? It is like you say though you need to have two similar next to each other. I suppose another angle you can chase down is how many accepted manufacturers of this type of badge there were, who says that and based on what?

good luck with the search for info

Jock :)

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