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Forum: Wound Badge Forum Today, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Thomas Durante
I am a skeptic on these. On the one hand,...

I am a skeptic on these.


On the one hand, the finish seems to match O&C belt buckles, but I wonder if anyone has actually tested a buckle to see if the silver finish reacts with acetone like the...
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Today, 12:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 171
Posted By Thomas Durante
TarnX. I don't normally clean my badges and I...

TarnX. I don't normally clean my badges and I don't recommend it unless its a pretty hard core case of dark oxidation like on my PAB here. Its a pretty harsh chemical and works well, but can give...
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Today, 08:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 127
Posted By Thomas Durante
AGREED, common fake unfortunately. Nicely made,...

AGREED, common fake unfortunately. Nicely made, but fake nonetheless. :thumbdown



Tom
Forum: Wound Badge Forum Today, 08:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 68
Posted By Thomas Durante
Hi Klaus, Nice Carl Wild VWA in nicely...

Hi Klaus,


Nice Carl Wild VWA in nicely worn condition with textbook reverse hardware setup. Nice example, one I am still missing in my collection thumbsup



Tom
Forum: Wound Badge Forum Today, 08:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 108
Posted By Thomas Durante
Hi Rodney, I can only agree, all 3 fine...

Hi Rodney,


I can only agree, all 3 fine originals, but as mentioned the silver and gold are merely stripped black grades unfortunately.


Tom
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Today, 08:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 171
Posted By Thomas Durante
Thanks Job, it was a local US vet bringback, he...

Thanks Job, it was a local US vet bringback, he was in charge of prisoner interrogation so had a bunch of nice goodies. [love]



Tom
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Today, 08:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 63
Posted By Thomas Durante
I can only agree, an original unmarked F&BL with...

I can only agree, an original unmarked F&BL with crimped hardware. Possible repair to the catch, would need to see some closeups to be sure but other than that is looks fine.


Tom
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Yesterday, 01:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 171
Posted By Thomas Durante
Hi Jurgen, I think Jelle nailed this one...

Hi Jurgen,

I think Jelle nailed this one pretty well, original Juncker with frosted silver finish. Typical appearance with some age spots and oxidation giving it a somehat speckled look.

I...
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Yesterday, 12:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 160
Posted By Thomas Durante
Hi Ralph, Very nicely worn early S&H with...

Hi Ralph,

Very nicely worn early S&H with some great character. Certainly saw its share of the action with wear like this and repaired hinge and catch. Very nice addition, I would have snapped...
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Yesterday, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 141
Posted By Thomas Durante
Hi Ron, Nice original Aurich, for me one of...

Hi Ron,

Nice original Aurich, for me one of the nicest detail and finish of all the Heeres flak badges. I would suggest wiping it down with a little vaseline and it would help bright out whats...
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Yesterday, 06:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By Thomas Durante
GAB Uknown #8 (attributed to F&BL)

GAB Uknown #8 (attributed to F&BL)
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Yesterday, 06:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By Thomas Durante
Few F&BL IABs with identical finish

Few F&BL IABs with identical finish
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Yesterday, 06:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By Thomas Durante
F&BL CCC in Silver

Hi guys,

A friend sent me pics of this F&BL CCC in Silver with a question on the finish. While it looks minty and almost too good to be true, I think it is completely correct and 100% original...
Forum: Luftwaffe War and Qualification Badges (Tim Calvert's Eagles Nest) Yesterday, 06:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 248
Posted By Thomas Durante
Nice original B&NL for me as well, as Jacek...

Nice original B&NL for me as well, as Jacek stated this is a textbook Type B variant with brass eagle and zink wreath making it a relatively early example.

Tom
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Yesterday, 06:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 176
Posted By Thomas Durante
Hi Jurgen, Nothing wrong with this one at...

Hi Jurgen,

Nothing wrong with this one at all, lovely early Juncker PAB in nicely worn condition with textbook reverse hardware setup. As you rightly noted, its the earliest type with no...
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Yesterday, 06:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 113
Posted By Thomas Durante
AGREED, this one is a poor quality fake with...

AGREED, this one is a poor quality fake with terrible reverse hardware. :thumbdown

Tom
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Yesterday, 06:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 246
Posted By Thomas Durante
Hi Giel, Great addition my friend, you just...

Hi Giel,

Great addition my friend, you just cannot beat a nice early Juncker PAB with nicely detailed cutout. Great look and a PAB that certainly saw some action being the first PABs awarded...
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges Yesterday, 06:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 59
Posted By Thomas Durante
Hi Alex, You are right, this one is a common...

Hi Alex,

You are right, this one is a common fake based on the Zimmermann and MK designs. While they have nice detail, they are very flat on the reverse and the reverse hardware setup is quite...
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges 03-28-2020, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 128
Posted By Thomas Durante
Nice family portrait of these hard to find...

Nice family portrait of these hard to find Hymmens.

Tom
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges 03-27-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 117
Posted By Thomas Durante
Hi guys, Its an Egghead IAB, however this...

Hi guys,

Its an Egghead IAB, however this one is a Staegemeir fake. The hardware setup is always a big red flag with these well made fakes. :thumbdown

Tom
Forum: Luftwaffe War and Qualification Badges (Tim Calvert's Eagles Nest) 03-27-2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 208
Posted By Thomas Durante
Hi John, great early ROAG set in really excellent...

Hi John, great early ROAG set in really excellent condition. Unupgradable. thumbsup



Tom
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges 03-27-2020, 07:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 334
Posted By Thomas Durante
Hi Marko, Maybe I am wrong, but the...

Hi Marko,


Maybe I am wrong, but the acorn caps still look odd to me, they are flat like we see on some fakes where they appear to have been hit with a cross-hatch stamp to make them look...
Forum: Wound Badge Forum 03-27-2020, 07:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 172
Posted By Thomas Durante
I can only agree, a very good fake. The reverse...

I can only agree, a very good fake. The reverse is really well done with the circular pattern and wide pin, very similar to originals. But has the others have pointed out, several red flags when it...
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges 03-27-2020, 07:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 334
Posted By Thomas Durante
The reverse looks pretty good. Can you post some...

The reverse looks pretty good. Can you post some closeups of the acorns on the obverse?


Tom
Forum: Heer/SS War and Qualification Badges 03-26-2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 236
Posted By Thomas Durante
Gorgeous original FLL clasp, very nice. By all...

Gorgeous original FLL clasp, very nice. By all means show so more pics of this one, try some different light as that can really affect how the finish looks but this one is right as rain. The...
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