Wow, I had no idea this could go wrong in so many ways. I'll be sure to halt this thinking.
Thanks for the comments, it's just ridiculous how the fakes are out there. Wouldn't it be great if there were only originals like the US military artifacts?
We should burn this thread instead.
Please read this carefully: there were fakes of Nazi regalia prior to 30 January 1933. The Nazis were outraged by fakes after 30 January 1933, and employed a large mechanism of party and state machinery
to combat this practice. And, most important, fake Nazi regalia has existed since May 1945. You have gotten some very sound advice from some very learned people for which I see no reason for you to then ask for such advice to be expunged.
..and while I do not collect US military artifacts, how can you say that these items are free of fakes, too?
I recall US civil war and or Indian wars regalia of the state militias being made into regular army regalia with great aplomb when I worked side-by-side with advanced collectors of such regalia.....or uniforms from the post 1865 epoch being modified to fit the pre 1865 epoch and so forth.
I try to make a point of not only pointing out fakes in my field of collecting, but also explaining exactly what details can be observed to help enable ascertaining good from bad and what makes each so. Sometimes I feel that this makes things a little dry for most, but I like to think that over the years i've helped others to save many thousands of dollars/euro's/pounds on the way, and that makes it worthwhile to me, I try to help if I can.
Just lately i've tried not to jump into a new thread too early though, as to encourage thoughts from others. But this hasn't in my opinion really helped much regarding if something is genuine or not. Only today a high end combat badge was shown and went unquestioned with some positive comments (although to be far it was in a group of items) when it was in fact a worthless fake.
It's difficult to know how to tread sometimes.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
American items are indeed faked, and increasingly so! Civil War buckles, WWI-WWII Patches, Web-Gear, Uniforms...On the other hand, there is an active reenactment community as well...