Can somebody please summarise the key features that distinguish copy clasps from originals, perhaps using the clasps in the last post as illustrations? Looking back at the previous posts these seem to include thickness of the metal, lack of definition and uneven alignment.
I must confess to not having bothered very much with the authenticity of clasps over the years. This probably because I source most of my medals from family directly - it appears that mainly collectors and/or dealers affix copy clasps in the absence of the real thing but I could be wrong.
Now that I am finding the odd item on auction sites I ought to be more aware of this phenomenon. A question I do have though is; does it affect the value at all if copy clasps are intermingles with originals?
Coming straight from the families lessens the chance that the medals have been interfered with which is good.
My belief is that copy clasps to which the recipient was entitled do make a material difference to the value of the medal because of the cost and work to rectify the medal to its original (or intended) condition. The cost of some clasps can make this re-work considerable.
Not everyone wants to return the medal to this condition and are happy to possess a medal in the same condition that the original owner wore or maintained it. So I guess its down to personal preference what to do about the situation but I would expect the price to reflect the problem.