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Old 11-10-17, 12:28 PM
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Default Glowing shoulder Eagles?....help!

Was about to buy a pair of RAF 'WW11' printed shoulder eagles but they appear to glow under a fluorescent light gizmo?........they look totally correct for ww11, why would they glow?.........Rayon? Nylon?.......copy? fake?
Purchased a very nice,bog standard pilot wing and pair of Corporal stripes which didn't glow.

Much to my shame, although I am a minor RAF Collector, its mostly goggles, clothing and I don't have much in the way of basic insignia so when I saw these I thought I would have them for 12.00.
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Old 11-10-17, 01:05 PM
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If laundered, the flakes or liquids can cause a glow.
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Old 11-10-17, 01:22 PM
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....also you can use the "burn test" on your badges.
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I personally discount the black light test, it's never been conclusive and really shouldn't be used anymore. Glowing dyes have been used since the late 1800s so it doesn't tell you anything. Perfectly good badges can glow, as mentioned above, if either laundered/washed or treated, and if different inks have been used.

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Thanks for replies, had an attack of what I call 'Collectors blindness' (not for the first time)
I now think sleeve Eagles are ok, BUT the Corporal Chevrons are all-black, oops! what would they be? not RAF...
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Old 16-10-17, 07:10 AM
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Thanks for replies, had an attack of what I call 'Collectors blindness' (not for the first time)
I now think sleeve Eagles are ok, BUT the Corporal Chevrons are all-black, oops! what would they be? not RAF...
Could be St Johns.....
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