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Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:51 am
I thought I might publicise a few (in my opinion) fakes. Starting with fake regimental engraving.
Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:53 am
Fake blade etching
Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:54 am
Fake (or rather repro) scabbard
Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:01 pm
With shame I can add a past buy, now sold which which Richard gently told me was a fake!
Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:49 pm
Would appreciate your thoughts on this engraving
Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:17 pm
I have seen this QORYC marking before (on 1821 LC troopers’ swords) and it’s the same font so I think it’s ok (but one can never be 100% sure). As Chris said, Staffordshire Yeomanry.
Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:56 pm
Another example of faked etching has been highlighted by Will under the 'Wild claims by dealers' thread. I am copying Will's post here to keep all examples of fakes under one roof as it were:
One of the most elaborate sword I saw was a good presentation sword that was "faked" as a Wilkinson belonging to a VC winner. Sold for $13,800 US by a reputable and large US auction house. The truth was relayed but obviously not entertained.
I posted it some years ago and surprisingly it is still online: viewtopic.php?f=2&p=313#p313
Note the positioning of the proof disc and the letters on the blade. The etching is not Wilkinson. A good attempt that seemingly has fooled many.
John H replied:
Wow - somebody really went to town with the Letraset there!
Below is a somewhat poor photo of what they are talking about. I agree that this is almost certainly faked etching undertaken using acid-resistant Letraset which was widely available and used for that purpose in the 1970s and 1980s.
Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:30 pm
Unfortunately not all the photos of faked Wilkinson remains online. Closeups of the Wilkinson name and proof disc showed major inconsistencies.
It was a good presentation sword probably made by Mole, Pillin etc. but now worthless to anyone who knows it's been heavily modified.
Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:47 pm
Here it is ....
Posted: Wed May 01, 2019 8:09 am
The etching below was undertaken by somebody I used to know (R.I.P.) using acid-resistant Letraset in the 1970s.