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Title Fake SS skull & cap eagle with real eagle
Nationality German
Period c 1980 (real eagle 1942)

The top two items (skull and eagle) are both marked 'SS475/43' and are copies. The bottom eagle, which is a period example, is marked 'SS475/42' (ie 1942). (These items do not belong to me and are not for sale.)

With originals, only the eagle should have the SS stamp. This firm (ie 475) is only known to have made eagles - they did not produce skulls and, moreover, no real examples by this firm have so far appeared dated any later than 1942. The final proof of the pudding is the flat format of the skull's forehead - the originals, without exception, all have domed foreheads, ie a nicely rounded edge to the top of the skull, giving a correct physical impression of a forehead. Also note, on the fakes, the use of brass pins and a different securing method, which differs considerably from the period item purportedly by the same maker.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : Known fakes : SS Police Fire]


I have in the last six months inherited my late father Alan Swain's police memorabilia collection along with much paperwork receipts etc. I would like to pass on to you my thanks for such good dealership with my father going back to the late 80s and well into the 1990s.

Laurence Swain, UK, 20.08.2016

The RFC buttons are Wonderful, thank you.

D D, Canada, 11.11.2009