Jimmy; First, welcome to the CR List. Now there are two Hetchin's collectors on the list. Well, I've got 14 Hetchins and one Malvern Five Star.
I got the note below from Len Ingram on the head badges, and as you'll read that he's unaware of original cast brass badges from Hetchins, but he did have a few made up himself cast in brass from an original Pre-war brass badge. And Nick at Lloyds had a few made up as well, but he seems to think that Hetchins only made the Pre-war brass, the later Mazak, and the later flat badge of the 60s and 70s. So I'm not sure what Norris has. He needs to measure the distance between the fixing holes and if they are 57mms apart, he most likely has a repro from Nick.
I'm not sure about alloy badges, unless your referring to the later flat badges of the 1960s-70s. ................................................... Hi Peter
You are correct about the brass pressed pre-war head badge. It was used for a very short time. The fixing holes are 66mm apart. Nick Tithecott's CAST reproduction of the Mazak badge is also brass but only has the holes 57mm apart. A very small number of Cast badges in Brass using the pre-war badge I have was made a few years ago. The fixing holes are slightly closer together than the originals about 65mm. I think there were only 11 made. The quality is very high, the brass is slightly more yellow than the original.
Trust this helps Len ................................................... Best regards, Peter Naiman Glendale, WI
> Hi, my name is Jimmy Thomson and I'm new to this
> list. I collect
> Hetchins and one Ephgraves.
> Norris Lockley said he had bought a cast brass
> Hetchins head badge on
> E-Bay and as far as I have been told they are
> original. I have two of
> them which are unpainted and I have had them for
> many years.
> Over the years there have been different metals used
> in casting, my
> first Hetchins was an all chrome 1948 Super Special
> bought in 1948 and
> the badge was cast aluminum. It was unpainted and a
> little soft and
> after a few years of polishing the frame and badge
> to keep it clean
> against the Scottish weather it stated to lose some
> of its detail. I've
> been told by a couple of well meaning people that
> Hetchins didn't make
> any cast aluminum badges but they were misinformed.
> Jimmy Thomson
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