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Renate and Shawn's interesting exchange summarized
Looking on eBay I saw brooches that have the same shape as mine has, but all were longer soaked in whatever. Mine is black, has a smooth surface and some green patina. After dropping acetone on the back side, some patina came off.
This piece is genuine style though it is Thraco-Getish from Bulgaria, southern Romania and western Serbia and not/not from UK. It is also not "Greek" as described by many vendors. They date to circa 3rd century BC. Is this actual example genuine or fake? I can't tell from the image alone.
e) http://tinyurl.com/367mgz - 230058625037 - relicstreme This
Again, this type is genuine and this time a UK variety. Hard to tell from images alone if this one is genuine. It is in great shape but then again some are. If so it has been very well cleaned and should be worth about $100 or more. Strikes me as quite a complex item to fake.
You are right that the foot area does look "Balkanish". I am no expert of British trumpet brooches but I know there is a huge variety. One of these brooches in this state of preservation would be worth quite a lot and therefore should be bought from a very trustworthy vendor only.
A new variant of the fake galley brooch>>>
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