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GAB & IAB (unmarked) for assessment
Old 06-07-2019, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default GAB & IAB (unmarked) for assessment

Just acquired these two unmarked examples in a small collection and will research them. However, I would appreciate feedback and opinions as to period originality or not and - if good - an identification of the maker, please.

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Old 06-07-2019, 01:17 PM   #2
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Possibly late war issue in silvered (finish missing) grey alloy or zinc (non-magnetic).
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Old 06-07-2019, 01:21 PM   #3
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IAB: appears to be a later war issue Silver Class in gray alloy or zinc (non-magnetic) and the silver finish is gone over time.
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Old 06-07-2019, 01:22 PM   #4
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Hi John
Old 06-12-2019, 11:07 AM   #5
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Cool Hi John

…...Personally, I don't care for the GAB, but that's just me. I don't usually evaluate a given badge on hardware though I associate this hardware(hinge and clasp) on a GAB as belonging to a FAKE. I really only started seeing this hardware on TR combat badges on this forum. That just says that I haven't seen it all(nor will I ever I'm sure). So....for me this GAB is questionable.

The IAB looks like a good unmarked badge produced under the auspices of the ShuCo consortium.

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Old 06-12-2019, 03:05 PM   #6
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The GAB IMO is a fake. The hinge is not a type used on solid GAB's. The type of catch is used on post war badges, not war time. I would try and get my money back if possible.


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Old 06-16-2019, 03:35 PM   #7
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Thanks for the feedback thus far. So it appears the GAB is a dud, but any other opinions of the IAB...original and, if so, maker (ie. ShuCo, as Bruce has suggested)? Feedback is appreciated.

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Old 06-17-2019, 07:47 AM   #8
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Hi John,


I tend to agree with the others, the GAB is bad but the IAB is a fine original SHuCo design.


At first I though the GAB itself stood a chance and just had replaced hardware on it, but the more I look at the obverse the more I don't like the weak detailing so I suspect the entire thing is a cast fake.


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Thanks, Tom, Much appreciated.

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Old 06-18-2019, 10:26 AM   #10
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For me also a cast GAB and a good Schuco design. The front of the GAB isn`t too bad for a cast piece, but the soft details are not like any of the Vienna design GAB.
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