02-17-2015 07:58 PM
Hi Dave, as you say, this method of stitching the contract tag may be unique to this maker. I don't know for sure, not having looked at these in this level of detail.
The RZM would have specified that a tag must be sewn in place, but may not have said it must be stitched along the long or short edge. Sometimes a drawing might illustrate exactly what was wanted.
This is the beauty of original RZM documentation WHEN it can be found. This kind of minutiae which collectors revel in (and really meant very little at the time) all helps build up a picture of how the RZM contract system worked.
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Indeed. I was telling my wife the other day that a lot of us on the forum sound more like tailors or metalworkers than anything else when we get to discussing the different patterns in stitching on an armband or the casting flash on a fake cap skull. It is an interesting little obsession that we have here!