Edmund (eBay seller toby-20) has listed another over-painted plaque on eBay. The photo on the left shows the over-painted plaque. Once the corners have been damaged, it's very difficult to hide repairs running through the copper lustre. In this case Edmund appears to have over-painted all the copper lustre with brown gloss. For good measure, he's also added a few green splodges to the central transfer (see middle photo). The photo on the right (a 100% genuine plaque) shows how it might have looked in better days. Click on the images to enlarge.
If you are sure that an eBay item looks wrong, click on 'Report item'. Then select 'Fraudulent listings' and 'You suspect a listing is fraudulent (you didn't bid)'. In the above case I gave the reason as 'Fake over-painting'.
Please see the Fake over-painted items page for many more examples.
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