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Old 28-05-19, 10:33 AM
Neibelungen Neibelungen is offline
Join Date: Nov 2011
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It's been double struck.
Usually you find if the first strike didn't emboss the detail well enough or was too light a strike, then the badge would have been restruck to redefine the detail.
The double effect is from a slight misalignment from either repositioning or the male part shifted between the two strikes.

You often see the effect when a press is being set up and testing strikes for alignment. The bottom die holders have and x and y adjustment and you adjust a screw or bolt down to alter alignment. Occasionally these shift in use if not tight enough. Top dies are usually rigidly fixed to the ram.

These later designs are hydraulic compression rather than embossing, so the metal is slightly thicker and squeezed down rather than earlier drop presses which tend to emboss by pushing the metal both up and down rather than compressing it to conform.
You have less depth and thicker metal than victorian designs but the machines run a lot faster and more consistently. Drop presses tend to need multiple strikes with anealing between to get the depth.
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