Having seen a lot of Prussian (EM) kokardes over the years with what looks like quite thick 'enamel' style paint - often chipped- I had assumed that most manufacturers of most kokardes had teams of painting staff , in much the way some ceramics manufacturers employed nimble-fingered women and girls to do the delicate designs on their products, no? (Sorry, this should properly belong in the 'Discussion' category.)
Bitter-sweet purchase! It just arrived and turns out to be a Badener, as mentioned above by James. The 'faded black paint' is just dirt and discolouration on the gilded brass. Well, at least I now have a lovely old patinated kokarde for an M71 Baden helm I don't yet own!
No reflection on KPEmig, he advertised it as 'A' genuine kokarde- and it is, just not quite what I hoped.
Needless to say, I am therefore STILL looking for a Wurttemburg 50mm kokarde.
I often have thought of collecting kokarden, they are colourful and would probably make a nice display. The different styles would also be cool to collect. James and I usually pick up a couple of Reichs OR kokarden at the SOS providing the price is not too high. It is always pays to have some of these at hand. Hang in there Steve, you will find what you need.