I got a fake one for free many years ago and still have it for some strange reason. I would rather have a nice cap or tunic than a real one ,. however.
Best regards, Patrick
Thanks for the kind words, dear friends. Very odd means of exchange via a post modern medium and I am never really sure of the parameters of the thing. What is certain is this: culture and civilization require that the legacy and tradition of one generation pass that which is valuable and exemplary to another.
We might be on the verge of paradise or of human suffering on a unparalleled scale. Patrick will see the full shape of things to come, as I shall not. Maybe my experience with these things will form something of merit in his life and that of others. Or maybe all of this will vanish in an instant or slowly.
That is also a nice piece. If it were before me, I would buy it. I have others not unlike it. Kupper of Wuppertal made these early caps, of course. I did buy a cap from the UK recently ex the Peter Jenkins treasures, but the money transfer was a total headache. The vendor, though, was a very congenial and pleasant soul, to be sure. I must dig out their name, as I endorse them fully. I have never bought from Stiles.
I have never bought from Stiles, but I have heard pleasent reviews. And their caps are quite nice. Even though most of them are marked sold or on hold. But that said, this cap ticks all the boxes on the type of cap I like, early, leather visor exc. It has a repair on the side, I can just make it out on the first photograph. But it shant be, as it will be gone by the time I can afford to buy it. Hopefully I can find a similer piece in anouther five or six years when I have enough dough.
Best regards, Patrick
"We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."
Surely not what you meant about our future, but still one of my favorite quotes ever.
(Well, actually it is kind of appropriate here, as, after all, we are all busy piecing together dissociated knowledge... While some venues of collecting - like the hunt for SS breast badges - could surely lead one to go mad from certain revelations.)