Hello again. Pardon my absence, I spent a few days in Cambridge visiting a sibling. Thank you for all of the informative opinions and photos, as per usual they're a tremendous benefit. I've decided to purchase the tunic, under the agreement that if it is not genuine I shall be allowed to return it. When it arrives I'll post large, clear photos of each necessary part to the forum and dealers; if its authenticity is still not verifiable then, FB, I will most likely accept your offer of a professional consultation. If it passes the test, fantastic, should it not, I'll return it and will not be that much out of pocket for a potentially good deal.
Thank you Mat for letting FB know that I was away and had not simply neglected the thread.
On Ebay these pieces that were posted as the beginning of the thread are a copy (IMO) of the CHINESE junk thats is being sold on ebay.Ebay would let sellers post Buffalo chips if it means a profit.This chinese crap goes along with the poison dog food and toys for our children with lead in them that they dump here in U.S.A. AND ELSEWHERE!Look at the tunics,caps visors,A-Z that is for sale and all you newer members view F-B'S photos and learn and dont say why do you post so many photos as its his and any other members privledge to do so if it prevents someone from getting the shaft and losing some big money!!!Carl
There is little comparison to a Chinese imitation and the real thing. There are Japanese firms that make better reproductions, actually. However, I do not want to cast aspersions on Asians, or anyone. In my youth, many fakes came from California, a trend setter in the 1960s.
Life is inherently unfair, and since I am a history teacher in real life (imagine...) my goal is the promote knowledge via this medium which remains totally alien to me, whereas it is natural for you young people. It is not for me. I learned via medieval methods, to which I still adhere. The interoperability of these methods in the present is likely hopeless, granted the mentality and expectations that others have about the process of learning and the imponderables of our interest. My images may be omnipresent, but they are only a fraction of the reality of these items.....and, of course, in real life, they look quite different. Until the internet allows you to smell, feel, and otherwise divine foetid woolens, this will all remain a snare and delusion.
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 02-18-2012 at 05:55 PM.
Yet for everyone else they're a precious commodity. Keep posting them FB! Nowhere else on the web is there such an extensive collection of such useful images.