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    buyer beware Ebay listing

    I don't think this Ebay listing is what it seems.

    I would be interested on hearing from you all as well, if there's something I'm missing.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/MASSIVE-ANT.../222745285210?

    If you were just to show me the photos, I'd say it's a typical standard pattern civilian Pipe Band brooch.

    Dates are hard to pin down on these "Highland ornaments" (as they were called in the old catalogues) due to the same patterns being in production for many years. This pattern of brooch shows up in vintage catalogues (1930s) and is still in production today. The first Pipe Band I played in issued me a brooch identical to this in 1977.

    I think it's cast from solid German Silver (nickel) which probably places it in the c1920-c1960 period. At some point in the post-WWII period they switched from solid German Silver to nickel-plated brass.

    The claim that this brooch is from the mid-19th century can be dismissed IMHO unless there is air-tight provenance.

    The price is astoundingly absurd. Vintage German Silver brooches often go for around $100 on Ebay.

    Here's the brooch in the typical tri-fold sporran catalogue photos which a number of sporranmakers used throughout the 1960s to 1980s, called PSB1

    Last edited by OC Richard; 6th December 17 at 05:08 AM.
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first white settlers on the Guyandotte

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    It's always difficult to datepieces like this when there is no provenance. Irrespective of it's age that is a silly price, one might even say a greedy price and for that amount I'd expect it to be all marked and have a Cairngorm.

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    On eBay, sellers have the right to set whatever price they wish. In some eyes, prices can be way out of line to market value and greedy, but that is the sellers choice. The thing that gets me, is if the OP really believes this is a fraudulent description, why does he not hit the report button? Thatís what it there for. I have reported listings before, seems doing that is more reasonable than publicly posting on another site comments questioning someoneís honesty and business practices knowing they have no way to answer, bad form really.

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    Yes I thought about hitting the "report" button, but I can't actually prove that the brooch doesn't date from the 1840s, though it is extremely unlikely.

    I did want to spread the word about it here.

    I don't hesitate to hit the "report" button, and I have done several times when it's certain that the listing is fraudulent.
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first white settlers on the Guyandotte

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