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Old 07-30-2018, 08:09 AM   #5
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I can't find the SE5 link either, but I am suspicious that the Sopwith prop looks a little too prisitine. Even with "re-French" polishing, one would expect to see nicks and other blemishes from an item that old, unless it had been carefully packed and stored since its manufacture. But if it had been stored like that, why would a dealer in military memorabilia think he had to alter it to sell it?

If the SE5 prop appears unblemished as well, then I think I'd be even more suspicious. See this photo of an original Camel prop and note the types of imperfections (wood checks, slight delaminations, etc.) that would persist with French polishing. One would expect to see similar changes along the entire length of both blades. Dents on the leading and trailing edges of the blades are very common with age.
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