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#1 CNY Militaria

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 04:20 PM

I just bought these on ebay as reproductions (it was advertised as such). I needed a cheap pair that looks real for a certain display, and just wanted to confirm that these are NOT original. Any opinions are welcome!

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 04:23 PM

These are the full 3" by the way...

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 04:29 PM

They look like modern production by N.S. Meyer from their original dies. Can't tell if it has the Meyer mark but I can see the sterling incised stamp. If the pin opens to 180 degrees.....as in flat that's the first sign of a repop. The vintage Meyer wings had a lock stop on the pin which holds it at a 45 degree angle.
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Posted 24 July 2007 - 04:34 PM

Thanks for your opinion!

Edited by Schottzie, 24 July 2007 - 04:35 PM.


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Posted 24 July 2007 - 05:56 PM

I think it is fake one. but 18$ is acceptable.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 05:59 PM

Thanks, It will work fine in a display case with a bombardier's grouping I have, and the price was right.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 06:56 PM

Justin,

I am in agreement with everyone here, however - I must chastise you in the most repectable way possible. Never, ever buy repro's! They won't ever go up in value, and besides, a nice set of original Bd'r wings would have been great to augment a grouping. Repro's - well, their repro's, what can I say? lol....

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 07:13 PM

I agree, but I didn't want to spend an arm and leg getting an original pair just to stick into a display case. I am not at all a fan of repros, and this is the first time I sought one out, but the price was right, and to the average looker, they will never know.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 07:14 PM

By the way, what is the tell-tale indicator on this set that makes it known as a repro? Is it the back? Any details for future reference are greatly appreciated!

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 07:53 PM

Justin,

What are they made of? They look to have a gold-like tint to them. My suspicion is that they are not completely silver. This, to me, would be indicator.

Secondly, there is no evidence of age or wear. I am sure that there are mint wings out there, but even the minty ones have some hint of age.

I am in no way an expert on wings. I know just enough to get me by. But this is what I spot off the bat.

Chris

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 08:04 PM

I also wanted to point out the artificial age that is seen on these wings, and also can be found on re-strike medals, and the like. The black in the recesses are a tell tale sign.

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 12:55 AM

if you check manion's auction page
http://www.manions.c...~newtoday~false
you will find bunch of similar fake wings sold at $30.
good luck!!

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 06:50 AM

Thanks!

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 04:46 PM

Here are a pair I bought at an estate sale about a year ago. I was a little unsure about them. Pin only opens half way. Opinions??

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 05:08 AM

Dave,

These look good , hard to tell from just pictures of course, but the pin looks correct, and the centered raised hallmark is the one I look for. Of course Meyer used these dies for a while, but the 1950s and beyond versions had first the 9M then the 22M hallmarks added. I would buy these.....

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 04:03 AM

Meyer re-strike - Made by Fox Militeria, Chicago, IL


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