Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 12-13-2011 at 04:38 AM.
Truth be told, Mr. d'Alquen has something even better, and it is quite real: it is the black field cap with the cloth peak, and the early badges Maybe he will grace us with an image, since I do not want to importune him more than I usually do in my ill bred way.
Let us examine real items versus the endless, suffocating cavalcade of fake sludge and silage that crushes all our hopes and burns our minds with such horrid.........j u n k.
Could we possibly have a winner here? Dave has kindly allowed me to post the photos here.
As additional information, M & G Gompertz of Crefeld/Krefeld certain did exist.
Last edited by BenVK; 01-17-2012 at 02:12 PM.
F-B,You are 100% correct in your assessment of Manion's Auction House.Back in the late 60's and the 70's i picked up SWORDS, UNIFORMS, VISORS,OVERSEAS CAPS galore and i still have many of those pieces.Ron Manion sold the business and gave the business to Jody Tucker who inherited over a million dollars in debts!Now the junk and garbage that are offered are flea market junk for the most part with a few decent thing thrown in.These new auctions are selling as is, no returns, and the photos are horrible (on purpose i believe)They popup all over the internet and i would advise any newbies to act with caution in bidding on these items as such!! CARL
I believe the hat to be Imperial or (less likely) Weimar. It is not TR, and not SS. Gompertz was a necktie making concern, and may have dabbled in hats. Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that Gompertz met the "Aryan" requirements of the SS (or RZM for that matter).
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I did some research on the Gompertz firm yesterday, quite facinating really. A jewish firm as Chris has pointed out but I'm not sure if that automatically exludes them from making/supplying hats for the Party or SS in the earlier years.
I'm not a fan of the VA SS stamp either but the configuration of the hat does match the one in the photo for example.