There is no substitute for actually handling items, a photograph can prove to be very misleading either way! Websites such as this can be invaluable when appraising items. But I wouldn't mind betting that some collectors have been told that their prized posession is a fake when it has actually been genuine! There are people out there who are experts in their field, and then there are those who just think they are. There is a whole world of difference between the two. I don't claim to be either of these two.
An important lesson is to just avoid those people.
Good photos are enough to make an evaluation. You cannot hide important details from the camera eye.
And 'got it from a veteran' isn't necessarily meaningful- a guy may claim quite truthfully and actually recall that he brought something back from the war but really got it later and forgot or is otherwise mistaken about the matter and, not being anything near an expert, has a fake unknowingly- I've seen this happen; my local army militia unit has a few FAKE breast eagles and other pieces in their little museum donated by WWII vets who supposedly brought them back but clearly must have acquired them later and nobody has any idea because they're 'vet bringbacks' to them...
Ohhhhh- pillage then burn...
The real ones have to be out there lets face it.
Whether the experts like it or not its only an opinion and at the end of the day its your desicion.None of us served in WWII although somtimes you may think otherwise.Best of luck with it
I am more knowledgable about WW1 German medics, I have a lot of postcards of them, and it is very rare to see one in a helmet with the red cross on it, not saying none had them, but they are rare and far between.
But in the WW2 German helmets that I see for sale, there are lots of medically marked helmets, very white, large red crosses. I have not spent lots of time looking, but I have not seen (if my memory is right) lots of marked Red cross, white helmets. In fact, I don't recall any in the photos sections of my WW2 books. I have seen reenactors wearing white bid/possy like things and these well marked type helmets, but while that may make them safer and more medical, in real war, I would not be too happy to have large white and red marked troops around my position, since it pretty well ruins our camo discipline! Also, I am not sure I would like it as a medic, since anything that stands out tends (in my opinion) to draw fire. Geneva convention or not!
So, my question- is it a fair assumption to highy doubt all these well marked, super noticable helmets' authenticity, and to assume they are fake unless otherwise proved?
Or am I just a skeptic
Guys, are you all noticing the slowly ascending prices for ground dug helmets?
And after such spirited discussions as in this thread, one can see why!
Yes, I know they can fake a relic too - but at least you get a fighting chance of it being 'ridgy didge'
I've noticed Dan! And I suspect that this rising price trend for relics will drive the fakers to start improving their techniques for faking them! It's soon going to be worth all the effort to prematurely age a helmet.