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Stalag 308 and 344 POW tags -- authentic? Opinions please.
Old 02-13-2018, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default Stalag 308 and 344 POW tags -- authentic? Opinions please.

Hello All. Posting these for a friend who doesn't currently have a paid membership. I have no knowledge of such items. Nor do I have any dog in the fight.

He's looking for opinions on authenticity. They were purchased recently in Europe, and sold as original Stalag tags, issued to Allied POW's. Any help that you can offer would be appreciated.

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Ok. But I think the reverse side inscriptions have been added post-war to increase the value. 344 tags were recovered with consecutive numbers ( unissued) in big lot. I doubt if any had any inscriptions.
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Ok. But I think the reverse side inscriptions have been added post-war to increase the value. 344 tags were recovered with consecutive numbers ( unissued) in big lot. I doubt if any had any inscriptions.
There are areas of corrosion/wear contained within some of the “etchings “.
For example the “9” in 1940 and the “d” in Wood.
So does that mean the aging has been fabricated? My assumption is that if the etchings were created later, that the corrosion/wear would not be present.

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That's very likely that these engravings have been oxidated and artificially aged.
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Had a look through the listings for Allied POWs' from Stalag 344 named Jones and this number was not among them. So I agree the details have probably been added and sadly ruined original items.
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