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Old 18-07-17, 07:29 PM
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Many thanks everyone. Interesting and useful info.

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Old 19-07-17, 07:38 AM
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A recent pick up that came on a postwar german beret, but the badge had ben on there a long time and I'm not liable to discount it because of that. It is curved and feels some what thinner than others I have and have handled. The crown is off putting to me, partly due to the lowness to which it sits on the canopy. This doesn't look right to me, I don't think the stamping on the crown is very good, but the usual die fault isn't there I'd look for and the feathers seem ok-ish.

If anyone can confirm/deny (I have my own suspicions, but before it gets made into a French para badge for an upcoming display I'd like to check it's not real ).

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Old 19-07-17, 09:36 AM
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Compare it to the one in the 'sweetheart parachute regt' thread below this one about a converted badge and it's a match.

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Old 19-07-17, 09:37 AM
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A recent pick up that came on a postwar german beret, but the badge had ben on there a long time and I'm not liable to discount it because of that. It is curved and feels some what thinner than others I have and have handled. The crown is off putting to me, partly due to the lowness to which it sits on the canopy. This doesn't look right to me, I don't think the stamping on the crown is very good, but the usual die fault isn't there I'd look for and the feathers seem ok-ish.

If anyone can confirm/deny (I have my own suspicions, but before it gets made into a French para badge for an upcoming display I'd like to check it's not real ).

Thanks...
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Hi Tom,

This badge used to be thought of as not genuine by some collectors because it had parallel chute lines on the left hand side. I have noticed recently however that this pattern has become more popular and generally accepted as ok.

Personally I am keeping an open mind about it, I have on one occasion seen one with a post war group of medals which apparently came straight from the family.
Although I have not yet seen one on a WW2 beret with provenance it may be the case that this is a post war pattern as there eight post war years of King's crown which is sometimes forgotten by collectors. I have also seen these sell on eBay for between 15 and 25.

I have a couple of these in my collection and would advise that you find a cheap fake, die flaw in the LHS wing (with the pointy wing tips) badge to turn into a French example for display.

Jack
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Old 19-07-17, 11:23 AM
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Thanks Jack and Alan. An even better buy then.... I reckon in that case it's probably a veteran piece given the beret, or possibly just used for display, so I'll keep it around for now

I got it in a large lot for 31..... and someone hadn't looked at their belts.... one is indeed a nice para regiment belt, and the other other... was a Zimbabwe para regiment belt

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Hi Tom,

This badge used to be thought of as not genuine by some collectors because it had parallel chute lines on the left hand side. I have noticed recently however that this pattern has become more popular and generally accepted as ok.

Personally I am keeping an open mind about it, I have on one occasion seen one with a post war group of medals which apparently came straight from the family.
Although I have not yet seen one on a WW2 beret with provenance it may be the case that this is a post war pattern as there eight post war years of King's crown which is sometimes forgotten by collectors. I have also seen these sell on eBay for between 15 and 25.

I have a couple of these in my collection and would advise that you find a cheap fake, die flaw in the LHS wing (with the pointy wing tips) badge to turn into a French example for display.

Jack
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