Very true. Except in the rare occasion when a specialist firm guarantees authenticity of an item, if you buy a fake, you are stuck as the terms are always everything is sold "as is." An aquantance years ago in the late 70's purchased a fake signature Japanese sword in an auction of high end swords at Sotheby's. He was able to obtain a refund after he submitted the blade to a Japanese shinsa and received a rejection as fake signature.
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08-06-2013 06:21 PM
Auctions are like grab bags mixed with great stuff and total junk, except you get to see what's in the bag effort you grab it. I have snagged some nice helmets from online auctions and I have also seen some fabricated helmets go for ungodly amounts of money. As with everything, do your homework and ask for more photos if needed. Most auction houses will accommodate you with extra photos, and in the end I made it worth their time. Others provided more photos that showed me an item was junk. I, too, saw this one on proxi bid.
It bears all the hallmarks of one of the Indian made fakes, as does the utterly crappy trumpet. Try blowing that and all you'll get is a hernia. This stuff is produced in increasingly vast amounts on the Indian subcontinent.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.