I know a very nice couple, well apart from their madness in following the sealed knot , to the bloody letter. Even their dog has a sealed knot name and has to wear historically correct stuff.Word.
The medal collecting world is currently shaking off the recent conviction of 2 Black Country-based dealers who were churning out MCs, DFCs, AFCs etc at a regular and most alarming rate.
And damned good they were as well. Somehow, they managed to persuade a tool die manufacturer to cut some very good MC and DFC dies (the AFC die was a lesser quality). The story used was that they worked for a distant Regimental museum and needed to replace the current (genuine) display with copies for insurance purposes.
That tied in with obtaining the necessary presses from another company and Bingo! lets make some money, boys.
The trial suggested that they turned at least £70+k for their efforts - the anorak world suggests that figure probably needs to be doubled.
. . . as to collecting German WWII-era badges and decorations?
Don't. The bulk of them on the market are fake.
Both are exceptional artists, he is the metal smith , she the potter. Their stuff is good enough to be used in the Tower of London and other palaces to replace broken pottery, tiles and metal work.
He was approached by a wealthy American to , “Can you make some Coins from the 1600’s , just for my private collection you understand” .
Yes of course, I will also be putting in a sliver of modern metal to prevent them from being sold on.
WTF are you mad.
Well he is but not a mug.