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  1. Hi Gil,  Thank you for the earlier information for the 388th.  Hope you don't mind

    verifying these other patches for me.  I believe they are reproduction fakes. 

    I have no use for fake patches...brought them on a whim...should of know better!


    Better off in a Garage Can...Right!


    s-l1600 - 2020-06-16T172101.318.jpg

    s-l1600 - 2020-06-16T172114.927.jpg

    s-l1600 - 2020-06-16T172133.550.jpg

    s-l1600 - 2019-11-06T214908.033.jpg

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    1. gwb123


      Actually, I encourage people to keep a stash of fakes and  reproductions, just to know what to look for the next time.  


      If you are going to trash these, I have a place for them in my archives.


      I think all three are repros.


      The first one 15th TAC could fool a lot of people from the front.  It could almost pass for a patch made in the 1950's or early 1960's.  The real tip off on this one was the staining on the back.  It doesn't look like the staining bled through to the front.  For some reason Vietnamese fake artists like to dab their patches with tea or coffee to try to make them look older.  Most times it does not fool anyone.  For real examples see https://usafpatches.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=117&page=2    You will note the ones with the cotton picker tab are fully embroidered rather than just partially embroidered with an exposed base cloth.


      Your middle patch for Tiger FAC was most likely made in the Philippines based on the stitching and construction.  The rendering of the design is really wonky using very heavy lines rather than fine details on the main design.  


      The second Tiger FAC was most likely made in Vietnam.  The stitching and construction are similar to your 15th TAC.  But in this case the maker decided to stain the front as well.  This is generally done to conceal the shininess of the modern synthetic material. 


      I have to say the Vietnamese made reproductions are getting better and better as time goes on.


      Thanks for sharing!

    2. sky eagle

      sky eagle

      Hi Gil.  Thank you for your insight and knowledge.  I showed these patches to Randy.

      And he has the same opinion...So nice to have you both on my side for verification.


      You may use these repro Images anyway that will benefit others.  As for me,

      I have deposed of these patches which are not desirable.  Off to the garbage

      they went!

                                                    All the Best>  sky eagle


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