NEC SOLI CEDIT
FINK is quite correct and the word that I will be describing fakes from now on!
This fake has only the attribute that someone has learned to make straight crown piping, but the markings are very out to lunch as concerns comparison with an original. I should look in my RZM Handbook to see if this Moser person existed.
The Moser label looks as if t was scanned from some print source. It is quite out of place in a cap, and the forehead pressure free thingy is also not as in the prototype.
I do wonder why these skilled people make such Finks. The shape is good and the machine sewing expertly done.
If you look, Ben, in the career agency thingies in southern Germany and Austria, young women are being trained as apprentice hat makers, as well as haute couture persons, so maybe someone has hit pay dirt.
In any case, this item shows much more craft and art than much of what we see, which is plainly made by people devoid of skill.
I have no idea who makes these, where, or in what socio political economic and cultural context.
Maybe they are taking our criticism to heart FB!
If they are reading what we say, I would simply suggest that they produce these very well made hats for the re-enactment market instead of trying to pass them off as original. They would sell hundreds at $300 a pop and we, in turn, would get some quality time to discuss something else of more worth instead.
When I was a pup, I met many of the fakers, such as they were in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but the scene today is pretty breath taking from what I gather and on a much wider scale.
At least someone has the skill to sew the piping in the crown, and also make the stiffener of the crown and the cap spring fit properly, so it all looks trim and proper.
We should discuss other things of merit, instead, that is for sure. I find the parade of fakes freak show somehow exhausting and only reinforces all the things in the present that are deficient.
Ages of paranoia tend to end badly, in witch hunts, show trials and mass murder....we would do well to contribute our own small part to somewhat less paranoia, especially when innocent people think that their, in fact, real caps are fakes, which I have seen more than a few times here and elsewhere.
The cap from Graetz or whoever versus Pascal's stinker show to me, at least, how the internet has worsened the fakes in the last decade or so, all assertions to the contrary notwithstanding. It is also true that the Schiffer books include authentic prototypes, but Mr. Mint's and Pascal's post (which I have dilated on elsewhere...) surely embody a more refined and practiced fake.
This item is a relic of a departed age when the internet dawned and the challenge and response of fake and fraud underwent a major acceleration.....
Someone who wants to waste the time can look in the machine to see if such a firm really exists.
It is all far too droll for me.