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#1 American Heritage

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 06:17 PM

I saw these EGAs in an antique mall today for $95 for the set - they are silver, no ropes, and are very blizted down. Any opinion as to cost or age? is that OK / in range? I know these pics are hard to see, but I took it with my phone camera. The single one has a rope, look like an officer and is $85. The other is a sweetheart EGA. Are these costs in range?

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 07:27 PM

I am not an expert especially on prices, but I can tell you that I have a pair on an identified uniform that belonged to a Lt Col that retired in 1962 and from what I have heard they weren't used after 1963. Perhaps those with more expertise can help, especially with value.

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 07:31 PM

the collar set are fakes, the others are sweetheart pins worth about $20. No deals there.
Mike

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 03:44 AM

the collar set are fakes, the others are sweetheart pins worth about $20. No deals there.
Mike


...ditto.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 07:14 AM

the collar set are fakes, the others are sweetheart pins worth about $20. No deals there.
Mike



Mike,

I am trying to learn about EGA's. Would you mind please telling me what clues you in that these are fakes? The lack of a rope?

Thanks for any help.....Kat

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 02:57 PM

Mike,

I am trying to learn about EGA's. Would you mind please telling me what clues you in that these are fakes? The lack of a rope?

Thanks for any help.....Kat

There are a few things. #1 Why would this set (which if real would demand $600-800) be $95 and the sweetheart pieces which are worth $20 be $85? The guy has a mix of items in his case (I see a German observer badge which is a tough badge to find...thinkin fake) which means, he is probably knowledgable in militaria, so his prices and items have to viewed with skepticism. #2 The biggest reason is, these all sterling fakes have been floating around E-bay for a while, and are easily distinguishable with the poor quality detail and appearance. #3 Experience. It is something that can not be bought, I have been actively searching and acquiring EGAs for over 10 years, and have developed a pretty good eye for what looks good, what is good, what is fake, and what is fantasy.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 05:19 PM

Thanks for saving my hard-earned $$$. I've never seen the sterling ega's closest to us in the photo but they looked really sharp and appeared to have age, becuase as I said, they were blitzed down (worn in other words) but had no rope. So I was unsure. Even though I once wore the officer EGAs myself, I am no expert on them and realize that there are many periods and patterns. Kind of disappointed as they looked so nice, but that is why I asked the experts! Thanks again!!
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Posted 29 May 2010 - 05:38 AM

Kat, I believe Mike is referring to these "gems" as the ones available on ebay (and appear to be identical to those pictured above). Aside from the unsuspecting folks who occasionally unload these "reproductions". There are two dealers, one who does, who who does not reveal this are fakes. Interesting to note they have now landed in antique malls, not surprising - too bad. s/f Darrell

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 06:39 AM

Kat, I believe Mike is referring to these "gems" as the ones available on ebay (and appear to be identical to those pictured above). Aside from the unsuspecting folks who occasionally unload these "reproductions". There are two dealers, one who does, who who does not reveal this are fakes. Interesting to note they have now landed in antique malls, not surprising - too bad. s/f Darrell


Darrell, those are the exact ones for sale in the antique mall...thanks for posting these.

s/f

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