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I recently got these from eBay. I couldn't be sure from the photos on the auction site so I took a chance on them. Now that I have them in hand, I'm not all that sure. I'd like the opinion of some knowledgeable EGA collectors on the authenticity...or not, of this pair. The last picture, the close up of the Eagle with Sterling hallmark, wouldn't fit so I'll attach it to a subsequent post.

 

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Here's the last pic, a close up of the eagle and sterling hallmark.

 

I just looked at another set of collars and cover EGAs and now I'm worried. This set looks very close to the collar EGAs in that set except that they are not blackened.

 

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They are repos. These were discussed on the following thread... http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=67394

 

Mike

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Thanks for posting these and helping out new, less experienced collectors.

 

Is the main give-away the lack of detail? Any other tricks of the trade to tell these from the originals?

 

I wish something could be done to prevent these from hitting the market to begin with. I feel for the new folks just starting out ...

 

Thanks,

Tim

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Is the main give-away the lack of detail? Any other tricks of the trade to tell these from the originals?

YES - the lack of sufficient detail AND overall softness are the primary clues (albeit these early 1900's emblems did often exhibit a "dull" appearence, not as crisp as latter years). The repro's do not have the same "bulk" of the globe, lack the requisite die extraction markings along he edges of the eagle or anchor. And you will note the lack of any stempling on the surface of the globe. These shown, can be seen in much greater detail here:

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=18315

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Thanks for confirming what I suspected as soon as I got them in my hands. I've been in contact with the seller and advised him that they are replicas and he's sort of backing up and saying he's not sure what they are now.......more to follow.

 

By the way; this was eBay auction #260549408998 in case anyone's interested.

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YES - the lack of sufficient detail AND overall softness are the primary clues (albeit these early 1900's emblems did often exhibit a "dull" appearence, not as crisp as latter years). The repro's do not have the same "bulk" of the globe, lack the requisite die extraction markings along he edges of the eagle or anchor. And you will note the lack of any stempling on the surface of the globe.

 

Thank you Darrell .... I can now see the difference.

 

Thanks again for posting this information ... I appreciate it.

 

Tim

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Fellow forum members:

 

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