I can recommend for new collectors to get items like such collar tabs approved some other collectors with much experience with such matters.
I just received some days ago an email with a 5th Sturm skull tab in bullion and all I can say my instinct was gladly wise. Really high end bullion copy's are out to fool others.
Early so called Pirate skulls are since some days total of my list as the good copy's are out since ever so that they cannot detected for my view anymore if original or copy.
My 2 cent Euro ;-)
You might help us all, Robert, with some visual material and some concrete guidance for the less experienced collector, while avoiding aid to the fakes and frauds.
Also, do let me note that the company level in the SSTV was called a Hundertschaft versus the Sturm as in the SA/SS.
I am surely no expert in this, other than I own somewhat more SS embroidery than some, and can look at it every day, which gives one an insight that is not possible with the casual reading of say, Angolia, or even looking at these pictures here.
I do not move and shake in the SSTV collar patch circles, but we are grateful that a handful here do and share their wisdom with us.
I would like to thank Mr Bob Hritz and Mr Robert Hassler for their comments and advice.I bought this tab from Mr Martin Stilles,Hannahsreich site.I recommend him strongly,excelent dealer and really a gentleman.
Mr. Hritz has a fine collection of these badges along with many other notable treasures. So does Robert H, of course.
I looked up the items in the upcoming HH auction in Munich yesterday.
Some SS collar tabs and ALL skull collar tabs are copy's. Shame for the HH experts, all about money not about quality.
6903 and up ... the 6907 maybe OK but I don't want to judge it closer ... just horrible all I can say.
Tunics, headgear ...
Do please show us images of what you don't like. Otherwise, these comments do not have much meaning.
just those for an example, the rest can get judged by own