Interesting Zimmerman Skull (499/41)
Hey guys. I found a Zimmerman 499/41 skull up for sale, and I'd like to see what you guys think... Here's the skull in question (I have circled the major problem areas that concern me):
The little globule/bump on the left is strange, and I've never seen it in any other Zimmerman photo (real or fake). The same goes for the large lump between the two bones on the right...
The problem for me is that there are things I definitely want to like about this skull, such as the characteristic suture mark on the right "eyebrow," the clear detail on the backside, the appropriate maker's mark, and the proper prong attachment points. However, the previously mentioned spots worry me. I did notice "extra" bits of metal on a zinc Zimmerman in another thread, and no one called it out as a fake:
So, what's the verdict? Is this a fake, or is it simply a "unique" cupal Zimmerman?
Last edited by daveward; 02-07-2015 at 08:16 PM.
02-07-2015 03:21 AM
Thanks, FB! I'm interested to hear what the others have to say about it... I think Zimmerman is beginning to replace the Deschler M1/52 as my favorite skull!
By the way, if this is original, what is the explanation for these strange "extra" bumps?
I see a little speck of something between the two bones on the right in your picture, but nothing like the large lump in the picture I posted... I'm curious as to what might cause this during manufacturing...
In post # 7 the badge has a flaw, like a tear, which I never noticed in real life, even with a lupe, until I made the image. The cap is authentic, it came with a black SS uniform for an SD officer. The badges are authentic
and integral to the cap.
My point: these badges vary in reality, and the variations are amplified by the pictures.
Sometimes there are features that do truly bespeak a fake.
Other times there are variations that are meaningless.
what you are seeing on the right is actually a die flaw that progressed as these were being produced. This was explained to me here:
MINTY aluminum RZM 499/41 Zimmerman skull - Wehrmacht-Awards.com Militaria Forums
Us and them - and after all we’re only ordinary men. Me, and you - God only knows it’s not what we would choose to do. Forward he cried from the rear, and the front rank died, and the general sat and the lines on the map moved from side to side.
- US & THEM, THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - PINK FLOYD