And, since I own many of these things as per the attachments, they really do not have the attraction for me that they might have for those who do not own them, truth be told. I look at them a couple of times a week and am puzzled. Let us state the truth: part of the lure and magnetism of items is the quest for them. Once in one's hands, the process begins once more to secure yet another sacred relic, especially if same is, as Ben notes, fetched out of the paws or maul of another.
I even let a cap go for a fire sale price two years ago, even though it had perfect badges and I resisted nobly the urge to rip them off and sell the carcass of the cap. In the process, I made someone here a happy man, and that is karma, I guess.
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 12-17-2011 at 09:38 AM.
I sold this cap, though I could have robbed it of its badges. It was a cap I had owned for decades. It is now in Belgium, and has made its new owner happy. The Swedish dealer promptly replaced the authentic chin strap with another, claiming that the thing had not originally had said strap, though same had been there for almost four decades, and likely since 1938. Such goes to show, really, the misdeeds of many dealers, but that is not my goal here.
As for buying online, fortunately I have had only good experiences with those I've dealt with. I can see your point too about not wanting to pay a price for a badge you could have once obtained a cap for. I was extremely lucky to find my SS TK for as low as £70, I think.
I am seized of my earlier experiences, when all of this was on a very small, innocent scale, and the money involved was modest, and the amount of affect, distortions and down right bull sh!t was somehow quite bearable.
The world has spun many times since then, and I am too prone to my pet peeves and frailties in the explanation of the evidence of the past to such a seeker as yourself.
Surely, if I wanted to devote the thousands of dollars to this particular object, I could do so, but I never have seen them as anything other than a cap badge along with the cap, which remains my center of gravity.