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Great Mistakes and other Classic Errors in My Cap Collecting

Article about: Hi I was looking at the thread on the Latvian SS visor with coloured piping and got thinking about the "learning opportunities" presented to me by various buying decisions over the

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    Default Great Mistakes and other Classic Errors in My Cap Collecting

    Hi

    I was looking at the thread on the Latvian SS visor with coloured piping and got thinking about the "learning opportunities" presented to me by various buying decisions over the years.

    There is nothing worse in collecting terms than that gut wrenching, sinking feeling of having bought/been sold a fake.
    The joy of adding to a collection turns to misery especially when just starting out but with the benefit of hindsight these mistakes offer the best source of learning...........

    Here are a few of my "best" buys and learning curves from when I was starting out..................and what to look out for because all traps are still our there


    Classic post war BRD conversion to Lufti Officer.................

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    Post war Police cap made by Peküro with the tell tale name on the sweatband...............

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    Alkero Gebirgsjager cap that is 1960's border guard conversion..........

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    Lufti admin/fireman cap, post war police conversion...........

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    Sold as a cavalry cap, this one was a cause of much confusion in my early days .........

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    Even Reichswehr caps were faked.............

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    I can't even believe I bought the Naval cap, boy was I green .............

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    Please feel free to add any other classics for those that come after us..............

    cheers

    Tony

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    sorry mate no pics

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    Back on track now........................

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    Thanks Tony. A very honest thread which many would not admit to.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Been there and done that!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    I think we've all been conned at some time or other. I've even looked at things in the past and thought they were not quite right, but the price was - and I ended up buying them just in case they did turn out right!
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Many would be ( are ) fooled by less ........ that's why I admire visors from afar!!!

    Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Tony, an excellent lesson for all.
    I myself was burnt first by an Alteste Berliner Panzer officer visor which had the tell-tale plastic diamond removed.
    Then it was the Jankes and BRD poseuers--we have all been there and done that.

    However, thanks to the internet and this forum, many can avoid the same (expensive) mistakes we all made.


    IMO, visors are one of (if not the) safest area TR Militaria to collect, due in part to the fact that making these hats is a lost art.
    While visors may be one of the most faked areas of TR collecting, they 99% of them are easy to spot just by photos alone--the other 1% just need a hands-on.

    Do not let the multitude of fakes intimidate you--if you are new to collecting visors, simply post the hat you want to buy before buying (or after, as long as you have a rock-solid money-back guarantee)--there are many veteran collectors here who will help you (and who have already made the mistakes so you don't have to....)
    NEC SOLI CEDIT

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    This is why I have only one cap and I was sure to post it on this forum before purchase.

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