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Rusty72

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 20, 2015
438
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Wanted to ask for an expert opinion.
Is this Indian badge on eBay real or fake ?
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,244
Seattle, United States
You can reproduce anything today...this is a easy one to do if you have the orig measurements..
 

Dave Stromberger

I'm Afraid I Can't Let You Do That
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System Administrator
May 20, 2006
2,107
50
Cheney, WA

Dave Stromberger

I'm Afraid I Can't Let You Do That
Staff member
System Administrator
May 20, 2006
2,107
50
Cheney, WA
Here's a photo of a real one... it really does look SO close. The only thing I can see that doesn't quite look the same is the lettering "Hendee Mfg Co". On the pic I posted, it looks like this lettering was stamped in with a die, wherea's the one on eBay is so perfectly even and flawless, it looks more like it could have been acid-etched. I looked at pics posted on eBay of the reproduction badge that Jerry Turner (Nostalgic Reflections) posted.... not the same, his has slight differences in the "Indian" lettering cutouts. So if this eBay badge is a repop, it didn't come from Jerry.

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the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
2,723
Planet Mongo
They were ripped off. It is clearly fake. Look at the "S" in USA. Alignment over the hole is different , and the bottom hole itself has been stuck by a punch to make it appear that it was damaged by removing it from the original bike. I've pried off and damaged head badges myself, and seen countless other damaged badges from poor removal, but have never seen one that the badge hole gets "smaller," or filled in. It always gets elongated or bigger. I think the bottom hole was intentionally tampered with, and the picture is intentionally fuzzy. Problem is the fellow that bought this fake, artificially aged badge will eventually pass it on with his bike .
 
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
17,937
Evans, GA
You would think before someone drops that kind of coin they would do some research. V/r Shawn
 

hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
4,228
Fairborn, Ohio
A potential buyer really needs to know
even the very-subtle ''tells'' ... as to
whether the badge is authentic or not.


The upper badge in the foto is authentic.
(She used to be my girl.)


Both badges are in the @47jchiggins collection.

Re-Peep the @Dave Stromberger badge
in Entry #4.


..... patric


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