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Old 07-04-17, 12:53 PM
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I am afraid all mine are mounted in frames so i cant photo the rear, but with Gilt Helmet Plates the fronts are as good an indicator as the rear.

These items used a gilt containing mercury which cannot be reproduced by the fakers of the helmet plates. The process is still possible (overseas) but too expensive for fakes.

It has a unique patina which you will become familiar with with experience when viewing or ideally handling them.

Also these were suberbly made with crisp sharp points and edges. Look at the silver star on your RS plate, its not sharp at all and looks clearly moulded and smooth to touch, a sure fire give away.

The rears should bu dull and not be shiny, the fittings showing signs of wear.

I hope that helps.

Simon Butterworth

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