Badge Fakes, Re-Strikes & Reproductions
A very poor copy of the "Hand & Lock, London" LDYPAO Officers side cap badge.
"Kings Crown" copy of the LDY NCO's arm badge.
Regiment was formed in 1957 and therefore have only ever worn
the EIIR Crown in the arm badge.
Modern "plated pig-metal" copy of a pre 1970 Other Ranks AA
Gaunt made cap badge.
A re-strike badge from an original die, the metal is not brass
and not Anodised Aluminium, the badge will not oxidise like
brass and will have patches of very orange looking areas. An
eBay seller based in Yorkshire sells these badges "honestly" as
re-strikes and they cost around £7 per badge. Do not confuse
this badge for the post 1952 badges described in K&K Vol. 2
KK1424. NOTE: Look at the "N" in the "Albert's Own" scroll.....
its partially missing because of bad voiding, this is a common
Gaunt post 1970 re-strike.
Bronzed metal 1970's re-strike, you can also see the "nick"
shape in the top right ribbon.
Fake K&K 1423
1916-28 Cap Badge
The above badge is real but the slider is a modern fake, the
two old N/S loops have been ground away with a modern tool (dremel)
and then a modern slider has been put on using a white braise
Fake K&K 1422
1908-15 Cap Badge
There are many things wrong with the fake badge, but highlighted
in in red circles are just some of the errors. The crown is the
wrong shape, its just a poor reproduction.
A basic observation is sharp pointy
leaves. There are also flaw marks inside the "LY" that can be
seen in other brass versions of the fake illustrated, indicating
a flawed die.
Below is what appears to be a Bronze badge (left) and Brass
(righ). Note the very
pointed Laurel Leaves and the "stippled" interiors of the L&Y. Nice
looking badge..... but a fake.
White metal fake type1 with slider
Bronzed type 2 (complete fantasy badge) and a Gilding metal
White metal type 2
1904-08 Cap Badge
One very basic observation about the above fake is the
"stippling" inside the "LY", the original badge (seen below) has
deep grooved horizontal lines only.
More fakes can be seen below, slightly better made than the
first example but still from the same fake die.