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1st Service Commando OD border rare patch warning


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mortaydc60

This patch is currently listed on Ebay as "Most Rare" version of this patch. Has multiple bids but the problem is it is a reproduction which has been around for years. Item #295343873282. From the front you can notice the uneven width in the borders. The big tell on the back is the greenish color which by the way you will see also on reproductions of the old version of 15th Corps. This is another you can file away in your reference material.

 

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JerseyDevil117

Uneven borders is a bad way to ID ww2 fakes.  That is caused by either bad tension on the machine or  the fabric moving while the patch is being stitched out.  Both original ww2 era patches and fakes can have that error.  It does seem like a massive amount of error patches did make it into the collectors market, usually they are thrown away.  

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Some fakes try just a bit too hard to be a “green back”.  After all, nothing is more effective at sucking in an unsuspected collector.  The “lightly salted” green reverse threading on any patch (like this one)  should always be a red flag.
 Same philosophy applies to Vietnamese language newspaper reverse backing on a Vietnam era theater-made patch.  

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mortaydc60

Will have to disagree alittle with statement that uneven borders are a bad way to detect WW2 fakes. OK missing threads and such errors are seen all the time but really disagree with uneven borders on WW2 patches which as a general rule were very uniform in construction and symmetric in shape.

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JerseyDevil117

Id love to here input from someone who ran the old machines.  I highly doubt "missing threads" is the only issue one could run into.  Especially considering this statement from the article linked below 

 

"Keep in mind that back then there was no “undo button” on a Schiffli machine. One wrong move and you could potentially ruin hundreds of embroidered items." 

 

https://www.digitizingmadeeasy.com/schiffli-embroidery-machines-lace/

 

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ASMIC2971

Uneven borders, much like the black light and other methods, is just another tactic to figure out authenticity. 
 

However, when it comes to this specific unit’s patch, in the first style with the green back, uneven borders is always indicative of a modern made reproduction. 

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