When hunting for badges to add to your collection or to fit to your car, you have to consider that also unscrupulous firms and individuals are active on the market, to earn some "easy money".
For years there has been and still is a firm from India active on eBay. They act under different names and sell second rank badges of bad quality, which on a picture look identical to well known badges.
Popular and hard to find are the Wolfhound badges, issued
a few years ago by Morgan Ireland. There are green and
blue versions of this high quality badge.
The infamous India firm for fake badges has also
discovered its attraction, and has offered a supply of fake
copies on eBay.
Thererefore, if you are looking for such a badge, take
GOOD care and don't fall into their trap.
There are two reasons for this: 1. the quality is inferior.
2. the price is too low to represent the real thing.
Another player has entered this market and is selling several so called "hand made, limited edition" badges on eBay. One example is the 80 Years of Morgans badge (originally produced by Melvyn Rutter) shown below. This badge shows obvious signs of being reproduction (no enamel, poor finish), but the same firm also sells plain metal badges of for example SpotMog.
Watch out for these is the device.
When in doubt about the authenticity of a badge, please ask for information before buying or doing a bid. In general beware of bidding on any rare one/off badges appearing on eBay.
Probably even more dangerous are badges that do look like the familiar badges, but are reproductions.
In some cases the name of a well known badge firm (correctly or incorrectly) has been stamped into the badge.
An example of that is a reproduction of the early 1980s Morgan Sports Car Club New Forest Centre badge.
Also that badge was produced by Melvyn Rutter at the time.
Now reproductions of these badges are sold with a different firm stamp on the rear, of a badge maker who never produced these badges!
The above badge is out of shape and poorly reproduced. Morgan NEVER issued the badge like this!
The badge on the left is an original New Forest badge. On the rear it has a Melvyn Rutter Specialist Services name stamp.
The badges that have come on offer carrying a name stamp of Gladman & Norman are fake, as this firm never produced these badges.
Also the horses on the fake badges are poorly reproduced.