First of all welcome to the forum. If you can live with it and enjoy then keep. Trust the gut and if your not feeling sure get the money back. I have only bought a few items from dealers in the 30+ years. Is Denis a dealer and if he is worth his salt at all as one or a collector he should offer an inspection period to authenticate and for you to inspect. What if any are the terms you arranged? Personally I would return and hold out for a more stable purchase. Wish you well.
Last edited by Rossi; 06-27-2016 at 10:00 AM.
06-27-2016 04:18 AM
It is never wise to try and convince yourself to make a purchase. A lesson I learned after numerous mistakes. It is up to you.
LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.
Hi Troy, welcome to this fine forum.
I can only reiterate what the others have said.
Don't make the mistake of feeling bad or the worse one of convincing yourself you got a good deal. In my short experience, these do not exist for TR SS items anymore. I'm sure in twenty years or so, us new collectors (I'm still new and its been ten years for me) will boast how cheap we purchased our WWII US items or even Japanese items, but German items do not come cheap, SS items especially so. 2 k is A LOT of money, don't get me wrong, but 2 original SS helmets in that condition would be MUCH more. Keep in mind 2k is about half way there to a decent SS helmet. You will be there soon!
If you are comfortable with the the fatal flaws, by all means go ahead with your 'deal'. I'm not at all the same high caliber of knowledge as others who have commented; but the pretty obvious rust/patina over-paint of the name, to me, catches the fraud strait away. I must add to the advice given, that sure, keep it if you are happy and do not plan to invest in your militaria, only enjoy it. But golly, I for one would want my 2k spent, to be for an investment for the future, otherwise I would go to the casino for my kicks and god knows where-else!
If you are happy to enjoy them, knowing that the flaws and expert opinions (of others than the 'esteemed' 'mr kelly') are on this forum for eternity, then enjoy! If not, REFUND now!!! Its really easy with Paypal.
You have been given sound advice, what you do with it is up to you. cheers
"Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also."
You'd better take the advice from the members here , Kelly is really bad with photos and has blessed fakes like that before.
It will be in my opinion a waste of time and money from your side.
From the photos provided I would pass and I am sure better photos would even give a more definitive conclusion.
The helmet is also an NS , we know they did not do factory decalled SS helmets so the decal must hold up to being a CA Pocher one.
A note to the buyer - Paypal has a guarantee that only
covers up to $1000. If he is honest, the seller
should return your money promptly if
you are not satisfied.
I personally would never spend $2000+ on relics
in such poor condition.........
Thanks Steve, I forgot about the dollar limit.
With due respect to our Croatian colleague, if we have to forensically examine them to arrive at a yay or nay then best to err on the side of caution. As i said earlier, they are now not what they once were........
" When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "
I agree with LeonardoL about the white camo paint. I have a relic helmet in similar condition which is show below:
No opinion on the ss decal.