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8th Canadian Reconnaissance Regt Cap Badge

 Original Badge front

Original Badge front

 Original Reverse

Original Reverse

These excellent copies of a rare WWII insignia are coming out of England, sold by Andrew Butler Insignia for around $30. They are marketed as “copies,” but the badges are not marked anywhere as such. The copies measure 2” from top to bottom and are made of plated brass. There are no maker marks. Comparison to originals reveal lack of depth in the obverse details. The reverse of the copy makes it more obvious, revealing very heavy details that lack the crisp highlights of an original piece.

 Copy Badge Front

Copy Badge Front

 Copy Badge Reverse

Copy Badge Reverse

SS Officer’s Buckle

Relics of the SS are some of the most commonly faked items. This officer’s buckle is a good example of the quality of fakes that abound in the hobby.

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The telltales on this officer’s buckle include the “Z” on the “RZM” mark on the reverse — it does not have a horizontal cross line. While not all SS officers buckles had RZM marks, all the originals that do, have the “slashed Z.”

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Other obvious differences from the original include the SS runes in a diamond instead of a circle on the reverse. Basically, stay away from any SS item stamped with SS runes in a diamond. EM buckles, tinnies, dagger, and sword hangers have been observed with the SS runes in a diamond mark — all were bad.

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