mm Deschler Badge
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Golden Party Badge is much sought after by collectors, it is inevitable
that it has been copied. Early copies were crude, but more attention to
detail has made these forgeries more convincing as time goes by. Have a look at these recent fakes. Some are sold
as replicas initially, but make it into the reseller market to trap the
genuine Golden Party Badges should have the look and feel of good quality
jewelry. Fakes usually lack both the rounded oak leaves found on originals
and the quality of preparation is very poor. Most fakes are cast, while
the originals were die struck. Scratches under the plating indicate finishing
from a power tool to remove the roughness caused by casting.
on this page and the next is a gallery of fakes
currently being offered for sale as originals.
fake of a 30.5mm pin came out about Jan. 2001, and presented collectors
for the first time with both a good front and a plausible back.
The "O" is more round and the leaves are well done.
The way to tell this is a fake from the front is the hyphen is
too far over the edge of the "L" and the swastika does
not touch the inner edge of the border around the wording. Otherwise,
very convincing and dangerous to the new collector.
back of this convincing fake 30.5mm badge has both "Ges.
Gesch." and the Deschler mark on the pin-pate. There should
be a "u" between "Deschler" and "Sohn".
The "Ges. Gesch." is sometimes found stamped this way,
but is usually not this close the the edge, and should be uniformly
deep. The numbers are not in a straight line and are thinner,
taller and closer together than originals.
Golden Party Honor Badge has been sold as an original. The leaves
have very noticeable ridges and veins and don't go all the way
to the edge. The "O" is also not round as it should
be for the 30.5mm version, and the hyphen between the "L"
and the "S" does not overlap the "L". The
back has the "AH" and date raised instead of impressed,
and the form of the letters and numbers is wrong.
copy of the 25 mm Fuess badge, except the leaves have noticeable
ridges for the Deschler version, and don't have the "railroad
ties" of the Fuess version (which this is supposed to be). The
center is properly silvered.
reverse of the badge to the left. Fuess badges were never marked
this way. They have attempted to recreate the way the numbers follow
the bottom edge, but made the mistake of having them completely
front of this fake looks very good - the "O" is round
and the leaves of the wreath are well formed. It was probably
cast from an original. The back is too plain and the front is
flat instead of domed.
is an interesting badge, but not a fake. This was a dressmaker's
sample for display in RZM shop windows.
is the back of a large Gold Party Badge with the maker "Souval"
on the pin plate. Souval never had a contract for Gold Party
TO FAKE BADGES PART II