Recent German Absurdities

These fakes have appeared just recently and all seem to originate with one dealer in Germany. This dealer seems to have quite a stock pile of these.

While most conterfeiters of relics are quite sophisticated with the deceptions they produce, these fakes are the work of a rank amateur. I am a former teacher and I have seen first grade students with more artistic ability. They would be absolutely laughable if it were not for the fact that there are actually gullible people purchasing them.

Why do I say this?

  • They appear to be mass produced - which is rarely seen in the real relic world unless it is a religious order producing multiple relics for an upcoming canonization event. (eg.:Padre Pio in 2002)

  • There are no authentication documents.

  • The imprint on the wax sealing the theca is not an ecclesiastical seal. It appears to be a fleur-de-lis stamp available in almost any stationery store. What's more, it was applied slopily to wax that was still too soft.

  • The wax seals appear to not be of genuine sealing wax but, rather, the faux wax that is used in a glue gun.

  • The thecas are of recent manufacture, not from then 1960s as noted by the seller.

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