If I hit the lotto or sell my car I will be sure to research them on here before I purchase one, or two haha
There are many reputable collectors that have these beauties at a fair price. The key as Friedrich-Berthold has mentioned is patience and validation.
The other cap that Shea has attached, an early cap made of Tuch for someone named AH on the staff of the I Sturmbann of Sta. 81 is not nearly as expensive, and is of note for its early date and sound preservation. It has none of the stamps, tags, and doo dads that we love, but it is still a nice cap for someone with experience and a keen eye.
The badges do not match especially well, since an earlier eagle would better fit this cap, but that's for someone else.
I do not get any kick backs on this thing, either, so there.....
PS Shea says the Hoheitsadler is post 1945 one, so all the more reason this is an early cap.
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 02-07-2013 at 04:45 AM.
This one is good value for money in my opinion. A Heinrich Wille example with very sought after aluminium badges.
Allgemeine-SS Enlisted/NCOs Visor Cap
SS = $$ now... where is the hobby in this top $$ ? where is the Knowledge and Fun in these crasy prices ? the value has killed our Hobby and the fakers in the world are very happy...
As to knowledge, many collectors cannot understand knowledge even when we bust our a$$ to give it to them on a silver platter. There is much more knowledge around than when I was a pup, so it is also true that you cannot collect this material on a subsistence wage salary or rely on garage sales to find complete black SS uniforms.
Life is inherently unfair and the digital age is more unfair than earlier times.