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

Copyright 2000, 2001 by Mitchell E. Reis

ADULT INSIGNIA

REAL
INTERNATIONAL COMMISSIONER
PATCH

1) Khaki background.
2) Gauze back..

FAKE
INTERNATIONAL COMMISSIONER
PATCH

Clues:
1) Background is Dark Green.
2) Border has Bright Green threads showing on back

FAKE
INTERNATIONAL COMMISSIONER
PATCH

Clues:
1) Wreath and Eagle are white.
2) Back has paper backing.

 

REAL
CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE
PATCH

1) Shield on eagle is silver
2) Khaki twill behind BE PREPARED.
3) Red and Blue hardly visible on back.

FAKE
CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE
PATCH

Clues:
1) Shield on eagle is red/white/blue
2) Khaki embroidery behind BE PREPARED.
3) Red and Blue very visible on back.

  FAKE
CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE
PATCH

Clues:
1) Black Border

Given out to Professional Scouters as part of the "Chief Scout Executive - Winner's Circle" program.

 

REAL
ASST. COUNCIL COMMISSIONER
PATCH

1) Vertical stitched background.
2) Patch is 76mm high.

FAKE
ASST. COUNCIL COMMISSIONER
PATCH

Clues:
1) Poor quality embroidery
2) Horizontal stitched background.
3) Patch is 81mm high.

 

REAL
ASST. DISTRICT COMMISSIONER
PATCH

1) Vertical stitched background.
2) Patch is 76mm high.

FAKE
ASST. DISTRICT COMMISSIONER
PATCH

Clues:
1) Poor quality embroidery
2) Horizontal stitched background.
3) Patch is 81mm high.

 

REAL
NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
PATCH

1) Purple filly-embroidered background
2) Plastic back


FAKE
NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
PATCH

Clues:
1) Purple twill background
2) Cloth Back
3) Wrong type eagle.

This I acquired this patch from a Scouter in Spain. It is identical to the fakes that are being sold EBay by MyGiftWorld.Net, who clearly states that she gets patches on a regular basis from a friend who lives in China (he gets them from the manufacturing factory).

NOTE: Just because a patch has a  BSA Manufacture sticker on back, doe not guarantee it is authentic. The stickers can easily be removed from a common BSA made patch and placed on a rare patch, to make you think it is real..

 

REAL
AMBASSADOR
PATCH

1) Purple filly-embroidered background
2) Plastic back

FAKE
AMBASSADOR
PATCH

Clues:
1) Purple twill background
2) Cloth Back
3) Wrong type eagle.

This I acquired this patch from a Scouter in Spain. It is identical to the fakes that are being sold EBay by MyGiftWorld.Net, who clearly states that she gets patches on a regular basis from a friend who lives in China (he gets them from the manufacturing factory).

NOTE: Just because a patch has a  BSA Manufacture sticker on back, doe not guarantee it is authentic. The stickers can easily be removed from a common BSA made patch and placed on a rare patch, to make you think it is real..

FAKE
AMBASSADOR
PATCH

Clues:
1) Purple twill background
2) Cloth Back
3) Wrong type eagle.

 

REAL
SPECIAL NATIONAL FIELD SCOUT COMMISSIONER
PATCH

1) Purple twill background
2) Eagle hard to see on back of patch

FAKE
SPECIAL NATIONAL FIELD SCOUT COMMISSIONER
PATCH

Clues:
1) Dark Blue twill background
2) Eagle is easy to see on back of patch
3) Wrong type eagle.

This I acquired this patch from a Scouter in Spain. The design is very similar to the fakes that are being sold EBay by MyGiftWorld.Net,,who clearly states that she gets patches on a regular basis from a friend who lives in China (he gets them from the manufacturing factory).

NOTE: Just because a patch has a  BSA Manufacture sticker on back, doe not guarantee it is authentic. The stickers can easily be removed from a common BSA made patch and placed on a rare patch, to make you think it is real..

 

REAL
MYLAR SCOUTMASTER
PATCH

1) Silver Mylar border and letters
2) Horizontal stitched background.
3) Clear, white or light blue plastic back.

FAKE
MYLAR SCOUTMASTER
PATCH

Clues:
1) Poor quality embroidery
2) Gold Mylar border and letters
3) Vertical stitched background.
4) Cloth back.

 

REAL
MYLAR ASSISTANT
SCOUTMASTER
PATCH

1) Horizontal stitched background.
2) Clear, white or light blue plastic back.

FAKE
MYLAR ASSISTANT
SCOUTMASTER
PATCH

Clues:
1) Poor quality embroidery
2) Vertical stitched background.
3) Cloth back.

 

REAL
EAGLE KNOTS

1) White knot is on cotton twill
2) Dark Blue knot is on felt.
3) Dark Green knot is on cotton twill.
4) High Quality embroidery.
5) Backs can be plain, gauze, plastic, plastic over gauze or plastic over fine gauze.

FAKE
EAGLE KNOTS

Clues:
1) White knot is on polyester twill.
2) Dark Blue knot is on polyester twill.
3) Green knot is on polyester twill and the color is too bright
4) Gray knot was never issued by BSA
5) Poor Quality embroidery.
6) Backs fine gauze or plastic over fine gauze.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
Fake square knots exist for most of the official knots and a bunch that the BSA never issued. Because official knots have existed for over 50 years, many varieties exist. This makes identifying the official ones from the fakes more difficult. On a whole, the fake knots have certain distinguishing features.

  * Most are on polyester twill instead of cotton twill.
  * Most of the ones on dark blue are on twill instead of on felt.
  * The green background is too bright.
  * The embroidery quality is poor.
  * Sizes on some are too large or too small.
  * Many are cut unevenly.

Last Updated: March 23, 2012

 

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