One point to bear in mind.
Original insignia does get put onto fake items. Especially in years past when insignia found loose was much cheaper than today. I have seen many Janke caps and jackets with real insignia upon them. Reason being, many people tend to look at the insignia first and this lulls them into a false sense of security....
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No offense taken, dzyner. I don't collect tunics (because I can't afford them), so I haven't taken the time to become very familiar with their construction yet. I still say the eagle looks pretty good, despite the poor photo quality. The embroidery seems a little worn out (especially on the left wing), and one of the wings looks shorter than the other because the sleeve was not flattened out before the photo was taken. However, it looks very similar to this authentic eagle:
My opinion on the eagle, though, has nothing to do with the authenticity of the tunic itself. As Ade said, it is certainly possible for reproduction tunics to have authentic insignia on them. If I were you, I'd have to pass on this one. The number of negative opinions from the experts in this thread would be more than enough to convince me that it was a reproduction. I know you don't want to acquire a tunic that you'd have doubts about afterward. My advice would be to save your money and wait for something to come along that everyone can agree on. Then you'll be truly pleased with your new item. Good luck!
Mike Davis will be posting a beautiful mint depot captured M43 SS tunic in Italian wool that belongs to me. Here is a picture of the tunic layed out on the floor. Note that all of the insignia, except the sleeve eagle, is just sitting on the tunic to give the appearance of being all badged up. I know that these tunics cost quite a few $$$$ but I will work with you to help you, or anyone else who would enjoy adding this wonderful piece to their collection.
So be on the lookout if interested in obtaining a real Waffen-SS combat tunic in exceptional condition.
All the best,
That's a real gem David! Thanks for sharing. While we're all in the sharing mood, here is my one and only...
SS "Götz von Berlichingen" M42 Tunic
This is not for sale! It is one of my personal favorites and will likely be buried with me
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I assume your are recycling the vendor's pictures.