AUSTRIA – BADGE – U-BOOT – WITH PRESENTATION CASE – REPRODUCTION
I would like to point out at the outset of this description that this Austrian U-Boot badge is a REPRODUCTION. I don’t make many mistakes but I did with this badge. A collector brought the mistake to my attention and I cheerfully refunded his purchase price. My word is my bond and we have our lifetime guarantee for a reason so that MY mistake does not become YOUR mistake.
The badge is silver toned and has a fouled anchor and on either side we see “UB”. The reverse has a spring clip which operates in the same manner as clips on Austrian flight badges. The interior of the case has a blue upper lid on which a beautiful Austrian coat of arms is seen in gold. The bottom half of the case is fitted and accommodates the badge and the spring clip in a snug manner.
Now I have looked at the badge and case carefully since its return. Clearly I see the mistake that I made on the badge. But as I look at the case there is a VERY good possibility that the case is correct. It has the look of age to it with a little nip to the right lower corner. There are also wear patterns to the reverse of the case. The same is true for the interior while the gold embossing is crisp there are just signs of age to the interior.
If the case is correct it is more than worth our asking price as I recently saw a correct badge that sold for $1,250.00. If you can’t find an authentic one or the price is too steep then this could make for a nice substitute.