I must be very blunt: I have around fifty or more real SS peaked caps. I look at these badges with a lupe, but I do not yank them off the caps and such.
The on line savants post images of these badges with bombastic statements about their make, their date of make, and the Werkstoffe and on and on.
When I look at the pieces I own, I fail to find the traits, characteristics and whatever that fill up these posts from the "scull" savants.
When I closely examine all metal cap insignia, for instance, army cap insignia, I find endless variations, differences, subtle oddities that I think are just random. I.e. meaningless.
Hence my skepticism.
My eye sight is not very good, I warrant you, but I also think we on this site have applied professional historical standards to our inquiry.
I am a great partisan in favor of knowledge, but real knowledge, and not much of the blather that especially adheres to these cap badges.
from me too.
That thing is for sale on a website where you have to wait 6 months to have a reply from the seller.
G'day Dave and welcome to the forum. Many of us here value Sid's (carlson1982) opinion highly, if he says your badge is authentic then I believe it is. I don't know anything about the people selling it but I wish you good luck if you go ahead with trying to buy it,
Dave ( another one!)
I am actually halfway looking at acquiring one myself, so... thanks to Friedrich and Carlsson here for sharing their knowledge! I'm not ruling out the possibility of me adding another "is this SS skull real" thread when that time comes though
http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/ss-met...9-41-a-521213/, if I can confirm that it is indeed authentic! In my opinion, the Zimmerman and Deschler skulls are much more visually striking.