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Outside the fraudulent reasons to owning a actual police badge, another incentive remains the popular hobby of collecting, marketing and trading outdated police badges. Antique collectors and hobbyists buy the collector's items away from individual auctions, individual sellers also internet site such like Ebay or Worthpoint. Antique police badges are worth hundreds and thousands of dollars, if they are really real also never worthless reproductions or "repros" as they are called by way of hobbyists. The ability to identify any accurate badge remains crucial in a hobby where fakes and reproductions flood the industry.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

1 Research the design regarding the badge. Make sure the design matches the year and department within the state that produced the badge. The traditional five-pointed star is one of the oldest designs, but antique badges also integrate state seals, laurel wreaths, eagles, scrolled borders and enamel decorations.

2 Verify the hallmark. Makers stamp real badges with identifying indicates that is aid see the genuineness of a badge. Most reproductions have fake hallmarks from non-existent firms, such since H.C. Magnus & Company or J.H. Duncan Engravers, two from San Francisco.

3 Research the maker. Badge makers are properly recognized and listed in books and price manuals, such like "Law Enforcement Memorabilia," a book written by writer Monty McCord? in 1999. It contains some thorough listing of makers and corresponding hallmarks.

4 Note the pin or fastener. Types of badge pins not only authenticate outdated badges, but help date it as well. The Burgess Safety Stop remains the most popular fastener type used after the year 19 website9, as noted in "Law Enforcement Memorabilia."

5 Appear by the condition. If the badge is stamped or engraved with "sterling," look for the telltale signs of rust. This proves the badge is merely silver-plated also not correct sterling, indicating a fake. Beware of obvious signs of weathering, as even antique badges should be with great shape, due to the attention of the original official.

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Antique Trader: Official Tin Police Guide: Fakes plus Reproductions Secure Law: Public Employee Insignia also Uniform Law Enforcement Memorabilia; Monty McCord? ; 1999


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