A recent thread asking about a possible “fake” prompts me to start this discussion.
A “fake” cartridge is generally considered to be one that is manufactured, altered, or modified in a way to represent something that it is not. Usually with larceny in mind.
OTOH, a “reproduction” or “replica” cartridge is one that is intended to be as much like an original as possible, but for more honest purposes. Good collecting ethics tell us that a reproduction or replica should be clearly and permanently marked in a way that cannot be removed. Otherwise it could become a fake.
A cartridge that is made in someone’s shop for no purpose other than to see how it would look, or possibly as a conversation starter or joke, I (and others) call a “dingbat”. A primed case with a nail gun “bullet” is a good example. Most often, the dingbats are not marked because most of them are so obvious that it’s hardly necessary.
Which brings me to the next category. Such as a recent thread that discussed a 7.9 Mauser-German 1938 Chromed Dummy. I don’t think anyone has positively identified the cartridge.
I doubt if it’s a fake. No one is going to get rich faking chromed dummies.
If it’s a reproduction, what is the original that it supposedly reproduces? And why?
A dingbat? Possibly but if there are other known examples, that would be ruled out.
So, how would you classify it?
Where am I hoping to go with this thread? I have no idea. I’m throwing the subject out for discussion. I know you guys will have opinions and maybe we can agree on a term that describes these types of cartridges.