I have been collecting these visor caps for a few years now and I can tell you without a doubt that every cap which you have posted is unequivocally real. The important thing to remember is that later issue DDR officer, NCO and soldier caps (excluding general, admiral and early era caps from the 1950s and 1960s which had a variet of production differences and are more sought after) are far to common to fake WELL. That is not to say that they are not being faked, but the fakes are very bad quality. Here is an example:
This is a fake Grenztruppen officer cap that was for sale on ebay a couple of months ago and is also sold at places like Checkpoint Charlie (the primary market for these things). If you compare it to a real cap, you will notice a myriad of differences which makes for a very poor fake. The material is wrong and highly synthetic, there is a grommet at the peak of the cap, the leather sweatband is the wrong colour and the interior of the hat is the wrong colour, the sweat diamond has no size, 4 digit factory code (e.g. the most common '1856' for Berlin) or date code (from 1968 onwards a single letter, for example 'L')
No fake has ever encompassed any of these factors well, because the cost and knowledge involved is prohibitive for fakers. In the DDR field, what you should be more wary of is wrong combinations and put together hats, which are made of real pieces but never existed at the time.
02-01-2016 03:05 AM
by Jonathan Wenberg
Thank you, Sir. Jonathan.
Thank you for your feedback and contributions on this forum, it is always good study on this topic.
These really are false, bad examples of caps.
Thank you so much.
4 pages later, and we're still at this ^ point?
They're common post war German caps, they're on eBay all day, everyday for a $9.99 opening bid... and not many people jumping up to get one, so why would anybody fake them?
Edit, got to page 5, I sit corrected, there are fakes. They look horrid. My guess is, human nature being what it is (devolution of the species) they might sell better and for more money than the real ones...
Your caps are still real.
@Astrath No problem, glad to have helped
Hello Roberto ,ive just clicked the link ,the cap is not a chinese copy ,even though DDR i would assume the inner liner would bear the marks mdl (military police )so not nva issue
Olá Sir. James, eu coloquei o link errado, me desculpe, era um link que encontrei no WAF e que mostrava os quepes falsos comparando com os quepes chineses.
by James C
Atenciosamente, Cristiano Niero Astrath
Hello Sir. James, I put the wrong link, I'm sorry, it was a link I found on the WAF and showing false caps compared to the Chinese caps.
Sincerely, Cristiano Niero Astrath
Yes, all authentic, as are 99,99% of all NVA/DDR-caps. The one you've posted above, from the 'Chinese' seller - just an authentic cap with non-DDR cap cords, nothing shocking. There is no large-scale reproduction of East German caps of 80's vintage, period.