UK Militaria Dealer Convicted

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by hucks216, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

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  2. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    As I believe you will already know, many medal collecting enthusiasts spent a great deal of time and effort to have this individual investigated and ultimately dealt with.
  3. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    Hopefully there are others that are worried by this.
  4. ceolredmonger

    ceolredmonger Member

    I would have hoped medals were covered by a Crown/Mint interest rather than just being local trading standards. This is a crime beyond simple fraud surely?
  5. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Which will include many who in all innocence bought medals from him at some cost.
  6. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    I do wonder if they would of gone after him if he was selling fake Third Reich medals?
  7. jonheyworth

    jonheyworth Senior Member

  8. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    From what I've read elsewhere about this I got the impression it was the fake Poppy badges that got him in trouble (which it absolutely should) rather than the dodgy medals, I wonder if it was just the medals if he would have got away with it
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  9. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    I doubt it. Fakes are endemic. I remember in the early 2000's every collector forum was full of threads where all the dealers were calling each other out as forgers/fakers and a lot of respected big names were exposed. It did not seem to effect their sales as they are still in business. Anyone remember Roger Honts?
  10. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    If this dealer was doing what the Police seem to have alleged, making re-strikes of decorations that fooled medal collectors, then it was a real waste of his talents. More likely that the blanks were coming in from abroad. He certainly wasn't doing his own enamelling on that scale. It does seem to have been the trade mark / copyright fraud that got him into real trouble.
  11. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    Fakes are endemic and many of us knowingly buy them, especially cap badges and uniform insignia, as 'gap fillers' for collections. Where this chap seems to have fallen down is that, rather than selling fake aka 'restrike' or copy medals etc and describing them as such he:
    1. Misrepresented their provenance in a fraudulent way
    2. Infringed RBL copyright.

    Also a case of Caveat Emptor?

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