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Information on identifying the differences between REAL and FAKE (or reproduction)
Boy Scout Insignia

Copyright 2000, 2001, 2006 by Mitchell E. Reis

Fakes, reproductions and private issues exist in many collectable fields. Unfortunately individuals looking for a fast buck are reproducing hard to find Boy Scout insignia items. Although many of these are initially sold or traded as "Reproductions", as time goes on it becomes "Buyer Beware". Below is a comparison between some of the know fakes and the real items. If you have any other examples, please send me the information and I will post it here.

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YOUTH INSIGNIA

REAL
LODGE CHIEF PATCH

1) Plastic covered gauze back.
2) Bottom of Eagle's tail is angled.

FAKE
LODGE CHIEF PATCH

Clues:
1) The tips of the Eagle's wings are split.
2) Patch has white plastic backing.

FAKE
LODGE CHIEF PATCH

Clues:
1) Wrong type of arrowhead.
2) Eagle wrong color brown.
3) Eagle tail too thin.
4) Back marked "REPRODUCTION".

(Note: marking can be removed)

FAKE
LODGE CHIEF PATCH

Clues:
1) Wrong type of arrowhead.
2) Back has white plastic backing.
3) Back marked "REPRODUCTION".

(Note: marking can be removed)

FAKE
LODGE CHIEF PATCH

Clues:
1) Wrong type of arrowhead.
2) Bottom of Eagle's tail is flat.

 

REAL
EAGLE PATCH

1) High Quality embroidery.
2) Even border.

FAKE
EAGLE PATCH

Clues:
1) Poor quality embroidery
2) Uneven border.

 

REAL
BLACK BEAR
NO BSA - PATROL PATCH

1) Bear Faces right.
2) Back side of outer ring is solid
black.

FAKE
BLACK BEAR
NO BSA - PATROL PATCH

Clues:
1) Bear faces left
2) Back side of outer ring is black
and white.
3) This patch was a created by removing the BSA from the bottom of a Felt BSA Patrol Patch. When held up to the light, the BSA needle holes shine through. This type of deception can be done to any Patrol patch, turning a $2.00 patch into a $50.00 one.

 

REAL
FIRST AID TO ANIMALS MERIT BADGE - SILVER BORDER
(MADE IN ERROR BY BSA)

1) Narrow border
2) Clear Plastic back.

FAKE
FIRST AID TO ANIMALS MERIT BADGE - SILVER BORDER

Clues:
1) Wider border
2) Light blue Plastic back.

This badge was created by removing the border of a green plastic back First Aid to Animals merit badge and having a silver border sewn onto the badge.

 

REAL
ACHIEVEMENT
TENDERFOOT  PATCH

1) Embroidered on
     Tan Cloth
2) High quality silk
      embroidery.

(Photos supplied by
 Paul Myers)


FAKE
ACHIEVEMENT
TENDERFOOT  PATCH

Clues:
1) Embroidered on
     Dark cloth Cloth
2) Poor quality 
      embroidery.

(Photos supplied by
 Roy More)

 

REAL
SWEATER EMBLEM PATCH 1930's  

1) Top and Bottom tip of "S" is same distance from middle part.  
2) Gauze Back


FAKE
SWEATER EMBLEM PATCH 1930's

Clues:
1) Bottom tip of "S" is much closer to middle part (almost touching).
2) Paper Back


 

REAL
SILVER AWARD PATCH ON RED  

1) Wing is thin and almost flat.


FAKE
SILVER AWARD PATCH ON RED

Clues:
1) Wrong shape wing

This was probably cut out from a Explorer activity patch.

 

Last Updated: November 04, 2007

 

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