Originally Posted by AndyC
Doesnt this CA badge look thicker than normal?
Certainly an odd one. Hard to say about the thickness but it would be good if Nordsudeten could provide a weight and dimensions and compare to the stats presented in the S&L Coastal Artillery thread here:
The finish and texture seems atypical for these S&L badges (see the reference thread) and it's hard to tell if there's a catch plate there or not. If there isn't a catch plate then I would say the catch was not applied by S&L.
Also, at the very least there has been some manipulation of the round-wire main pin. Aside from the fact that it looks a little wavy and bent, on the side view you can see the mark from the tension foot below the hinge but the tension foot no longer contacts the badge at all when the pin is in the closed position. I think the pin was removed and re-inserted for whatever reason.
I share Hubert's concerns about it. Staegemeir's vast stable of reproductions cover a variety of styles of finish and this is one texture that you can see. Can't say definitively bad and can't say definitively good -- all I can say is it's just not quite the usual look for these S&Ls.