I really do not know what has become of these internet forums, they have always been a bit rough but in recent years they have turned into an unregulated cage match and common decency has taken a back seat. Now I have seen some knock down drag out fights, and I have engaged in them as well so maybe I am a hypocrite in a way but that chalice thread was a disgrace. Not only did a guy get the crap kicked out of him by what looks like a wolf pack for asking a question but respected persons joined in for the fanfare. That had to be one of the most rude and mean spirited displays I have ever seen by a gang of forum people.
First of all if you want to make a cash deal on an item there is no safer area to do so than inside an airport, its federal property and there are no guns. So if you want to buy a big dollar item and you do not know the seller you meet in an airport. So that argument is a non-issue. The chalice or cup based on the drawing is plausible but would certainly require scrutiny on a high level. Obsidian is a lava rock and I am not even sure you can engrave it as its so brittle, a skull on the interior makes me squirm but the design is interesting and not out of the question. Photo's not being supplied is of course a flag, unless of course you have experience with forums and know that putting anything unique or out of the norm can lead to disaster and the reason that many people no longer post photos of such items. The participation level of knowledgeable persons in this hobby has dropped to a level that I have not seen before and items are not being posted in many cases at all. Personally I never post anything for opinion and use e-mail if I have to.
That guy posted a question and he got his ass kicked for doing it, that was a disgrace and it was rude, mean spirited, and it was carried out by a gang of forum participants from top to bottom in experience levels. I was shocked to see Freidrich with his tomato photo and that was the icing on the cake for me. That was so bad that I did not want to say anything for fear of getting trounced, and I can handle myself.
That was shameful and I feel bad for the guy.