The Heiber volume on Heini H and elsewhere includes the point that the Waffen SS persons also demanded the change from military style badges to police style badges worn by SD men, as did, I think, regular soldiers because of the murderous reputation of such SD persons.
08-18-2013 04:55 PM
and, when I look at these things with the naked eye, I hardly see such little, startling grooves, sutures, pockets, blemishes, thingies and what not....
The badge is either real or fake, and it either has been on the cap, or has been replaced, and either is of the epoch in the III. Reich or maybe not....
Mr. Derek's document on the introduction of the cap badges is a real point of data versus what otherwise is often just balderdash.
Ben's observation about the variations in the nose piece is also germane as likely just being how the little buggers were stamped out.
The place where these were made was still going in recent memory, and someone might have asked the people there a few questions, but such knowledge never seems to intrude here.
I went to Breiter in Munich and asked them about how caps were made, only to be told that those who made them in Munich had long ago turned to dust and their knowledge has vanished.
An example: the 1927 or 1929 Hoheitszeichen is an object of which I have perhaps a dozen or more on caps, and not one of them is identical to the other: they are all somehow different.
These variances in details tend to drive the collector to madness. I was reviewing an old thread that centered on the variations of Litzen and what is considered as correct and what is not. Opinions were given, then changed, and then changed once again. It is indeed riddles in enigmas.
The above photo was provided by Greg D.
Thank you. The riddles in enigmas morph into maddness on the part of those who are trapped in the present, who work in some idiot cubicle on standardized software or hardware or something standardized and rationalized into oblivion, and who buy in big box stores their overpriced globalized junk sold on all the continents. The mental and spiritual slavery that this system imposes on us makes us into fundamentalists, who respond to any ambiguity and subtlety and contradictions with rage and the impulse to crush the offending thing as in the Lords of the Flies and the pig. Or, as in the case of the "scull" savants, into obscurantists and snake oil salesmen who clamber atop their wobbly pedestals wafted upward with tall tales told to them by the Deschler shop foreman (who met his silver smith in the sky ca. 1959) speaking in tongues. Pfui.
Ben has given me the RZM circulars and Mr. Derek has enabled me to read the SS orders, all of which make clear that the attempt at standardization (the unhistorical presumptions about which form a crutch for lazy collectors) went to pieces on the indifference, resistance and or Eigensinn of those to be standardized. The evidence of this actual process in the past is legion, but it is not in the Schiffer books, and it defies the label of "textbook," or such also eludes the received wisdom of some unobservant persons who like to refer to one another in their vain attempt to generalize about this regalia.
Ben is very observant, made more so by his skill as a craftsman.
Nor do I wish to divulge how many publications I have written since certain of these savants announced years ago their manuscripts on Nazi regalia, but it is a number larger than zero.
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 08-19-2013 at 02:41 AM.
Collectors also want a certainty in the face of the pressure from all the fakes. This wish is normal, but the path to success lies in knowledge that goes beyond the passive consumption of the colored pictures in the Schiffer books, or the passive, docile exertion of point and click of web searches that last for, at most, fifteen minutes.