Would it be inappropriate to ask what you paid for your items mate? I have no SS items, the only piece I had was a helmet that my mum bought me for my 21st way back in 1980 (she wasn't too happy with my choice of present!). It cost the princely sum of $80 Alas, that was stolen in 2003 and now is out of my range to replace I do like your collar tabs.
I paid $4000 for the dagger, from Paul at lakesidetrader.com
$480 for the runic collar tab from collectors guild
$270 for the unterscharfuhrers collar tab from collectors guild
$1000 for the skull from Sid, a forum member
$400 (I think) for the eagle, again from Sid.
I work with a mate on saturday mornings and I use the money I earn with him to buy things for my collection, that way the missus is alright about it. It takes me a long time to afford these things - the dagger was a year but I'm not in trouble when I get them. Cheers mate,
Hi Dave, well done on your collection.
You are going about building this up the right way and I wish more people would do the same: vetting things on the forum first and not getting into debt!
Thanks Ade, I appreciate the comment. I try to buy from reputable people, I may pay a bit more but I think it is worth every extra cent to have absolutely no doubt that my items are 100% original. This hobby is just too expensive to take risks in my opinion. Since I discovered this excellent forum I feel even more confident in my purchases as I now have access to a combined knowledge in the hobby that must be in the hundreds of years. I am very grateful for the advice and help I have received here, I'm sure I am not the only person who has saved a lot of heartache thanks to the freely given help by everyone here. Thank you all.
by the way I forgot the SS armband, $400 from Paul at lakesidetrader.com - another genuinely decent, honest and helpful man.