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Original or fake: Heer Officers Schirmmutze

Article about: Hi to all, hope you had a good xmas. Have just recently acquired this cap for a song so am a little bit worried if original or not. I hope the photo's have uploaded ok. It came with the ali

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    Quote by Steven Macquillin View Post
    Hi Larry, thanks for your quick reply. Yep I wasn't expecting a reply to quickly, most likely a lot of hangovers out there to get over.
    All the best
    Steve.
    Hi Steven, The cap belonged to me once, although when I had it, the ageing wasn't as pronounced. And when I sold it, I did so as a copy (to a dealer). The underside of the peak is an obvious pointer to fake ageing. The wear in that area should be commensurate with contact from finger on the outside and thumb on the underside. The 'wear' in that area has obviously been applied by scratching the surface with something - such as the edge of a coin. The sweatband shows the same treatment .
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    Hi there, the guy who sold it to me, was I think Polish. He has a whole load of German stuff he is offering me for sale. He says he is living in Scotland. I have just sent him an email expressing my displeasure at the fact of being ripped off. Glad it was only 80. I will most probably keep it as a reminder of what is out there. I need to purchase a genuine WW2 artillery cap, I think I have found one from a dealer, RJ Militaria for 325. Looks a nice cap, maker marked, 'G. Lapf, Kassel, Kolnischestr.12 thanks for the info.
    All the best Steve.

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    Good morning my friends. Can you please give me your opinions of this cap please. I am told it is original and having some better photos sent. http://cdn.iofferphoto.com/img/item/...-1571.jpgc.jpg Thank you Steve.
    P.S. I don't think the pictures will load so will have to wait for the one's being sent by email.

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    http://cdn.iofferphoto.com/img/item/...knuth-355d.jpg

    Reposted a corrected link for you.
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    Hi Adrian, yes just noticed.

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    Hi Adrian, yes that's one of the pictures but not one of the best.

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    From the one pic shown, note the air vents on the underside of the cap.
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    Now read this thread:

    http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/cap-au...oseurs-338398/

    Hope this helps you?

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Thanks Ade. Helps a lot. I am going to our local book shop today to try and find a decent book on these caps. This site is a wealth of information and is very much appreciated. I spent most of last night looking at pictures of 3rd Reich caps to try and get some sort of 'rule of thumb' to give me an idea what to look out for in a fake and found that some of these forgers are very clever. I can start to see why us novices get taken in, we are all to eager to buy instead of taking the time to talk to specialists like you and the others on this forum. I have quite a large collection of military gear from medals, uniforms, caps, deac's etc. but nearly all British stuff is original and the fake is easy to spot. German stuff is new to me and is quite a different story. New Years resolution is to read, study and ask you guy's before buying. All your help is very much appreciated. Thanks again Steve.

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    Hi Steve, RJ Militaria are one of the more reputable dealers. I have dealt with them several times and never had a problem with them. As for the cap you purchased, one of the more obvious signs of it being a fake was the price you paid for it. I don't know of anyone who would sell a genuine one so cheap!

    Cheers,
    Steve.
    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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