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Old 12-07-2018, 12:27 AM   #1
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Default New Book on the Close Clasp Clasp

Hi guys,

I am happy to announce my new book on the Close Combat Clasp. This is the 2nd edition to the first printing more than 11 years ago. I have gotten alot of requests over the years to do a 2nd printing and I took the opportunity to add in as many variants of the clasp I could put my hands on and am happy to say that this book will not disappoint!

It is a complete book on the Close Combat Clasp, including every individual clasp maker and all their variants. No unique die characterstic or reverse hardware setup change was too small; each has been categorized and examined in great detail along with an explanation of what sets that variant apart from other clasps.

I have also added several "Quick Reference Charts" to all chapters for quick and easy identification of each maker and each clasp variant. This will be a big help in sorting out the many variations of AGMuK clasps, among others.

My first book was 309 pages, this 2nd edition is 464. It includes all the information from the first book, along with all the additional variants.

A large chapter on the Golden Presentation Close Combat Clasp is included, with several examples of each pattern being shown, along with their respective cases.

There are many nice groupings in the book, but also Award Documents have been broken out separately and given their own chapter which will make them easier to identify and search.

Cartons, packets and cellophane bags have also been shown in a separate chapter with all the variations found with each example, and what sets them apart from reproductions

And last but not least, a full chapter on all the most recent and dangerous fakes on the market. More than 11 years have past since the first printing and unfortunately the fakes have gotten better and harder to detect so I feel a dedicated chapter on the best reproductions to date is an important aspect to any collector book.

Over 460 pages and 1,350 high quality, color images in 7" x 9.5" format.

The books are currently being printed and are scheduled to be done and shipped from the printer to me on January 18th.

Book price will be $159 + S&H. The first 100 will Limited Edition, serial numbered and signed by me, and I will offer those at $179 + S&H.

I am offering a 10% discount for any orders that come in before January 18th. And all contributors to the book will also get a 10% discount for their kind and generous assistance.

Please email me at tmdurante@gmail.com if interested.

Thanks guys, I know you guys will be very happy with this book.

Tom
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:33 AM   #2
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Includes a full chapter on the History and Regulations of the Close Combat Clasp
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Construction process, methods and materials is covered in detail
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Quick Reference Charts are shown in the beginning of each chapter for ease of identification, and will be very helpful to sort out certain confusing makers like AGMuK and FLL.
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Another Quick Reference Chart showing key features in identifying a particular AGMuK clasp
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Each clasp maker has an introduction as well as a quick breakdown of all the variants
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Each variant is then shown in detail with explanations of the key features of each clasp.
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Finish chart at the end of each chapter showing all the possible finishes used by that maker.
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Provenance for each maker and clasp is also provided. There are many highly detailed studio portaits shown in the book where the maker of the clasp could be identified and those are also included.
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Separate chapter on cartons, cases and packets..
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Award documents...
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And last but not least, the latest and most dangerous Reproductions a collector may encounter.

Hope you guys like it!!

Thanks

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Old 12-07-2018, 02:12 AM   #14
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Great news Tom!

A shame I gave my left arm for a first-edition a couple of months ago. lol
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Wow! Fantastic! Your contribution to the hobby will long be remembered with this endeavor to surpass the previous work from the past. Myself, as I'm sure many others, missed their opportunity to get first edition and I would like to thank you right off for the effort to release the second. Have sought the original for some time, but unable to find any seller with reasonable price... Really looking towards a copy! Well done!!
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