Hi Bill, sadly your suspicions about the piece are correct. It is a fantasy piece, and rather crudely done as evidenced by the better photo's you have posted. Very simply, everything about this piece that could be wrong... is wrong, as you have shown in the composite photo. And with respect to any like with post WW1 emblems... very simply no. The cast items you've seen from the collections in the recent thread on the topic, do come with a "history" and when compared side-by-side have entirely different appearance, cut and patina. I believe the seller began listing these about a month ago. One of the EGA forum mod's had contacted the seller surreptitiously about the emblem and found out there was a dress mate that came with this one. And pic's were forth coming... but, were never sent. I suppose we concluded it would be best to wait... to see what this seller was up to as there was were no previous sales from the seller of these fakes. Now with two sales and a third up for sale, one can conclude there is likely a relationship of "maker & seller". At which time "brig" posted here: http://www.usmilitar...mp;#entry172394
That being said, you are not the first nor last to acquire a fantasy or fake. We've all "been there, done that". And thank you for posting these pictures, its helps us all identify who is making and selling these pieces. Semper Fi, Darrell
Edited by teufelhunde.ret, 02 August 2008 - 02:50 AM.