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From Chris at ancientartifakes - with thanks



The Eastern European Fake-Triangle


From former Yugoslavia , Bulgaria and Serbia flood the market with fakes - cleverly mixed with some real artifacts.


The change from the fake mass production to the individually manufactured forgeries took place almost unnoticed.





The following rings come from a Serbian (former Yugoslavia) counterfeiting workshop, initially even a layman could see that these rings were not genuine.

The surface treatment (aging) was made with fine blasting equipment with which one can alter, inter alia, the surfaces of metal and stone objects.

Depending on the used medium (coarse sand grains, ruby grains, etc.), the surfaces look different.

The drawback to this method is that the surfaces are roughened evenly.

Pictures  5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 

Then the counterfeiters experimented.

Different methods for aging the rings were used (acid-treated artefact baking, violent damage by hammering,"engraved" scratches or blisters, sandblasting).

Depending on what one wanted to achieve, these methods have either been combined and applied individually.

Nevertheless, each ring reveals the different individual hands of the forgers.

Pictures 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

To show the current (early 2016) state of their false aging techniques.

pictures 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,22  

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