Has anyone seen these floating around on ebay? Although the description is wrong and the DFC a bit fanciful, they seem to carry the hallmarks on the reverse. Although nice, I can see a few of these with the DFC removed being offered as the genuine item in the near future..
http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie ... 0135492402
Buyers beware, as the genuine item can sell from anywhere between £700 and £1400!!
I asked the seller of these badges for more details. It seems he has one that had a miniature DFC attached Which was what I suspected. However, itv appears they also carry the Sterling Silver Hallmark and the J R Gaunt stamp, which could make many collectors vulnerable to being ripped off. They do appear very shiney though which gives the game away somewhat. I have one which is unissued and still in its box, and the finish is slightly frosty.