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eBay is beginning to take action at long last! / Re: Real or fake objects?
« Last post by monkeymaster on January 05, 2022, 05:37:37 PM »
I agree with much that is stated here, though I confess to personally knowing the original finder of this "opa signinum" who is a detectorist and ancient history enthusiast of long-standing and considerable experience. A great many of his finds have (like this) been non-metallic and identifiable based on the context in which they were found. I note also comment to the effect that yorkantiquities (whom I do not know and have no connection with) mainly purveys genuine artefacts (albeit perhaps pricey in comparison to their intrinsic value). However, I do understand that when an item is subtracted from its context, provenance becomes a matter of trust, in which case "caveat emptor" as the Romans would have said.
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eBay is beginning to take action at long last! / Re: Real or fake objects?
« Last post by gaius asinius on January 03, 2022, 05:41:56 PM »
Alan is correct in expressing skepticism on the provenance. Without further analysis you have no way of knowing whether the concrete is from the Forum Romanum or the old McDonalds they're tearing down somewhere in the city.

Gaius
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eBay is beginning to take action at long last! / Re: Real or fake objects?
« Last post by Alan Botter on January 03, 2022, 09:26:33 AM »
I know very well that the Romans were great builders and are considered the inventors of concrete (I'm Italian). The problem with this object is that if you read it carefully it is described as "having a part of iron incorporated", so I made the joke that "Roman reinforced concrete" was put up for sale. From what you can see and the dubious provenance it could also be a remnant of an old building or taken from a construction site
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eBay is beginning to take action at long last! / Re: Real or fake objects?
« Last post by monkeymaster on December 28, 2021, 11:22:18 AM »
Just an observation from an interested (very far from expert) amateur. The item shown is not described as "reinforced" concrete and the Romans were otherwise famous for their expertise in the use of concrete (viz the roof of the Pantheon, to name but one example).
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FAKE-RING-data base / Re: identify my ring?
« Last post by gaius asinius on December 17, 2021, 02:52:25 PM »
Lars the 700 year span in the merchant's guestimate leaves an awful lot of wiggle room. Certainly these plain copper/bronze bands are plentiful from the Iron Age to Migration Period and onwards. Seems to have enough dings and oxidation (?) damage to at least make it appear ancient.

Gaius
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FAKE-RING-data base / identify my ring?
« Last post by Lars on December 17, 2021, 10:40:06 AM »
Hi!

https://imgur.com/a/gaogjk5

Could you help me identify my ring?
I bought it for 10 euro's from a Dutch seller who dug it up at the location of where the river Rine used to flow in Holland.
He found several bronze coins in the area aswell and estimates the time period between 200-900 AD. The ring is 19mm in diameter.

Could you tell me something about my ring?
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FAKE-RING-data base / Re: Understanding the history of my ring.
« Last post by Lars on December 14, 2021, 07:44:54 AM »
Thanks for your reply!
I was mainly looking for an authentic ring (not faked this century :)
But 15th to 18th century, i'll take it!
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eBay is beginning to take action at long last! / Re: Real or fake objects?
« Last post by Alan Botter on December 12, 2021, 10:23:55 PM »
hello thanks for the answers, when you mentioned Alan I thought: It's me? 🤣 However I found that they sell "Roman reinforced concrete". Absurd
I also saw that he found an Anglo-Saxon "treasure" in his garden ... what a coincidence
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eBay is beginning to take action at long last! / Re: Real or fake objects?
« Last post by oldthings on December 12, 2021, 07:57:03 PM »


I didn't have the energy to go through all the fragmentary bits and pieces he is selling but there are several pieces called "Viking" which are certainly not Viking. Most of the fragments I saw were genuine but of little interest.
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FAKE-RING-data base / Re: Understanding the history of my ring.
« Last post by Archaic on December 12, 2021, 04:06:15 PM »
Worthwhile to show images I think.
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