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Old 20-01-19, 11:13 PM
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Default No.10 Commando "France" Shoulder Title

I am assuming this is junk, but wanted to double check just in case.
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Old 21-01-19, 02:41 AM
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This is a fake one, indeed. It seems a significant number of bad Free French badges have sold on the market lately. Be watchful on these repros.
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Old 21-01-19, 08:10 AM
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Yes the title is a fake, the “spaghetti” stitching on the reverse a common trait of the Pakistan made fakes...

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Old 21-01-19, 08:24 AM
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A whole load of French fakes appeared on the market a year or so ago (may be longer) and some were snapped up by well known and respected dealers, almost in a feeding frenzy - they were said to have come from a museum - they were in fact fakes. Many Commando units were represented and I think I can guess the French source - best be careful given others are coming across them too.
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Old 21-01-19, 07:16 PM
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Thanks guys, that's what I figured. And yes Mike, the seller of this one claimed the source was a museum, but I know that does not mean anything either way.
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Old 22-01-19, 03:36 PM
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At least one of these currently on eBay, stated to have
provenance to "the F. Knight Museum".
Edit - two, not one.
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Old 23-01-19, 03:56 AM
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Both did. But again, coming from a museum means absolutely nothing.
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Old 23-01-19, 08:00 AM
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They did? (I am aware that the "museum" bit carries as much weight as "it was my grandads" or "Found in a loft / barn / in a pot at the end of a rainbow").
Commissioned by a museum for legitimate sale at their souvenir shop or just a bunch of fakes aquired for sale as genuine by an "enterprising" chap who ran a museum?

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Old 23-01-19, 09:17 AM
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The moral of the story is 'caveat emptor', do lots and lots of research, ignore descriptions by people you do not know. Share advice in a productive way, among people who you trust, adopt a forensic approach, and always take care.
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Old 24-01-19, 03:07 AM
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Yea it was the same seller Leigh. I think he just copied and pasted the same description referencing the museum in both listings.

Mike I agree completely, and this forum is a great tool towards that end. Thanks to information I've learned on this forum I was fairly confident in considering these to be junk, but I also don't ever want to miss out on that unusual variant original that everyone knows about but me.
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