06-01-2014 08:53 PM
it looks very 'fresh' - almost like it perhaps wasn't nearly 50 years old when you purchased it in 1996! In the pictures it doesn't appear to have any age at all!
Books published to date... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack - Andersonstown'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.
An interesting observation but not always a valid method of authenticationg an item. Something well stored can appear fresh. Camoflage is not my area of expertise so I will leave authentication for others.
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Hi, Swas not looking very symmetrical, Maybe just late war, bash,crash, next.
You did a fairly Good job on the sleeve Adler , by choosing a late-war pattern, sometimes referred to as 'Dachau' made. My m43 W-SS tunic has the same pattern eagle as well. I also respect that that you payed attention on wether it ever had a sleeve Adler or not, instead of just slapping one on regardless.
These camo feldBluse weren't always issued from the factory with the Adler sewn on the sleeve and many soldiers added one later if they chose.
I'm not sure if this reason had anything to do with the regulations regarding insignia applied to camo items , or not...hmmph! I'm sure someone will clarify this for us.
BTW, I can't leave without giving my utmost thanks and respect to Mr.Coleman for chiming in with his knowledge of such things hidden away in moth-free, moisture-absent dark corners of the world, where items can and STILL turn up every now and then (and end up in his collection, of course )
( the photo below is of my m43 W-SS tunic with the same type bird you used .)
Hi Rob, sorry not good news.
This is a Janke made copy.
A couple of things give it away: not the green dots, there should be three tones of green used, not two. It lacks the mid tone dot. Secondly note the font used for the size markings, these are typical for Janke. The time frame in which you bought these was really the peak of the Janke era. I had a set of these back in 1988. Surplus buttons have always been around especially more so back then and were often added to his products.
Sorry for the bad news.
PS: your avatar always makes me smile.
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PS: the pants have a horrible cloth on interior (waist reinforcement) and poor finishing.
Thanks, guys! I thought that they maybe fakes, I just wasn't 100% sure. That's why I kept them in the back of the closet. Even for fake/repros, I still got them for a very good price. I always did like this pattern of camo. Now that I know they are not original, maybe I'll cut off the buttons and sleeve eagle, and replace them with repros. Now I can wear them in the fall when I go deer hunting with my rifle........
This forum is great. I'm always amazed at the knowledge of the members here.
Ade, my avatar makes me smile also. Thanks again, Rob.