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 Post subject: Help Authenticating a Handmade Truncated 3x3x3 Octahedron
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:47 am 
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Hello everyone (particularly the collectors), I am in need of your help.

Last Summer I was lucky enough to buy a lot of hard to find puzzles from a Female collector in the U.K and one of the puzzles I bought from her was a White handmade Truncated Trajber's Octahedron.

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I knew that the puzzle was handmade and first made by Wayne Johnson, so I while communicated with her through emails I asked her what she knew about the puzzle, however she only said both the name of the "guy" and the puzzle rang a bell. She also commented that she bought the puzzle quite a few years back and paid a lot of money for it.

I tried to contact Wayne via the forum, however I am yet to hear anything.

I've done research, however I am yet to find any more evidence (beyond what I know) that could help me authenticate this puzzle.

I've taken some pictures of the puzzle and some of the more identifying features, which I will now explain.

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The centre parts are quite unique; from the screw and size of spring to the markings and "tabs" on the centre cap and piece.

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The edges are also quite unique, but also inconsistent; some are filled more than others with what I assume to be a type of casting material.

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All stickers (except the centre stickers) look as if they were hand cut from vinyl material.

and some more pictures.
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I've also made a quick VIDEO

Thanks, any help or information will be appreciated.
Ryan

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