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Old 23-05-14, 08:02 AM
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for whats its worth

i purchased a nice Anson btn badge direct from the late recipients family along with his medals only last week.

it has no gaunts plate but was brooched to the reverse and showed signs of several years of polishing

as the brooch was broken it has gone off to be repaired

however i will post some pictures when i get it back

100% genuine in my opinion

cheers
Andrew
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Old 05-01-15, 09:59 PM
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picked this up the other day




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Old 02-06-16, 05:49 PM
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Default Roual Naval Division Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and other Insignia

(Moderators; This reply may be a duplicate, if so apologies, and please delete.)
Have been reading, and rereading, this thread as it is updated with additional data. Consider myself extremely fortunate never to have collected, nor even contemplated collecting, militaria of the Royal Naval Division. However, as a retired naval intelligence officer, find the subject particularly the forensic analysis, to be fascinating.

Having identified Paddy early on in my membership in the forum, as both extremely knowledgeable and forthcoming with assistance on the subject, I have tried within my limited capabilities to integrate his expertise (and active cooperation) with associated subjects in my blog page. It seems to have been recognized and appreciated by virtue of the resulting very heavy reader traffic.

Just a momentary Segway to reinforce the comments davec2 has made earlier in this thread. Recently, after a lengthy search (about three decades) I found a spare magazine for the near mint Webley .455cal. Pistol, Self-Loading, Model 1912 Mk I, I had previously acquired (1982), in excellent condition. The seller knew exactly what he had, and the significant ”buy now” price reflected that fact. But to his credit the seller had included a complete set of close-up colored photography of the magazine, allowing me to make a detailed one-on-one comparison with the original gun’s magazine, an absolute identical match. The seller had an excellent feedback record on a reputable Internet auction site, with the only significant reservation being he was located in Warsaw, Poland. After much introspection, and knowing I could use PayPal plus a credit card if recourse was required, decided to make the purchase. In an added exercise in “due diligence”, conducted an Internet search on the seller’s name and web site. Buried in the hits, were the comments of one individual, citing the seller and his entire operation as a complete scam. Immediate gnawing in the stomach! Bottom line, magazine received in record time, exceeding all expectations, just as promised by the seller. Obviously one sullen, dissatisfied, and vindictive individual trying to sully and subvert the reputation of an honest dealer. Truly libelous, if you ask me. Needless to say, left glowing feedback on involved web sites, and personal message of thanks to the seller.

Back to the subject at hand. It is unfortunate that a comprehensive forensic template, i.e., litmus or better still DNA test can’t be practically and economically developed. Such a test, if achieving a quantifiable confidence level, would be a “God send”. Not likely to happen any time soon, so will personally continue (with specific thanks to Paddy) to update my very limited data base of verifying criteria, hopefully being of some small assistance in the process. The interested reader may want to glance at the recent addendum; http://arnhemjim.blogspot.com/2016/0...-addendum.html . Suffices to say this particular thread has added a great deal towards those objectives.

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Old 17-06-16, 12:26 PM
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Hi All,

I've been offered this Drake Bn badge for 38, I think it's real going off Arnham Jim's website but I'd really value second opinions before I hand over my hard earned.

Is 38 a good / fair price for it? I'm not sure of the going rate for these.

Thanks,

Michael
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Old 17-06-16, 12:40 PM
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Michael, I would snap it up before someone else does.
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Old 17-06-16, 12:49 PM
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A dealer's list price is at generally about 100-120.
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Old 17-06-16, 05:30 PM
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Bite his hand off!
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Old 17-06-16, 07:33 PM
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Thanks a lot everyone, I'll get right on to this.

Michael
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Old 07-09-16, 05:13 PM
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Hi All,

I got the Drake badge for 20 and another badge I used as a swap so I was really pleased about that.

I'm now looking for an opinion on this Hawke Bn badge that I won on ebay. Again, using Arnham Jim's website I'm pretty confident but would value some other opinions.

Thanks,

Michael
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Old 07-09-16, 06:09 PM
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Hi Michael
Firstly, I am no expert and there are variations I believe, but I don't like the Hawke badge. The beak looks wrong, the top of the bird's head looks odd and there are flaws between the 2 srolls. Unless it is an OSD collar badge, the poor detail on the rear is not a good sign.
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Old 07-09-16, 06:27 PM
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Michael

Like Alex I'm not a fan of your Hawke badge. The shape of the head and the beak are the first things that give it away for me then the font of the scrolls and the alignment of the letters on the scrolls. On what I consider to be genuine badges the E of Strike sits almost above the E of Hawke, on most copies the E of Strike sits either right in the middle of the gap between the K & E of Hawke or even partially over the K like yours. I believe the back is even worse, the Gaunt plate is the nice crisp modern type found on copies whereas the genuine ones are pretty poor quality stampings in comparison, the positioning of the plate is also wrong, it should be between the 2 lugs and not on the back of the bottom scroll. Lack of detail is also a bad sign. I have attached pics of what I consider to be a good one and pictures of a right facing officer's OSD collar so that you can see the differences.

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Old 08-09-16, 07:32 AM
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm disappointed (obviously) but I suppose you live and learn.

The seller does offer a 14 day money back option so I'll have to have a think. I wanted it for a "family tree" type display I'm doing and while I'd rather have a real one it might still do for that.

Thanks again,

Michael
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