Corey, I know what it means and I realize that you do too. I simply said that "some" seem to take that saying way too far... as in literally
There is nothing wrong at all, when an item's history is known for certain. Knowing where something has been is always a good thing. But, too often, it is simply a matter of a seller making up a plausible but knowingly unverifiable story to go with an item to give it extra selling polish.
The helmet in question is Not in it's original form. The wire has been added post-war to a relatively low value shell with no liner,strap or decals, and by adding it, it has increased the potential selling price by an absurd amount. The rust beneath the wire and surrounding it is Red and therefore has no age to it. As for the seller offering to send it for inspection and offering a free return policy, this is only a matter of smoke to further draw the attention away from the fact that this helmet is not in it's original configuration. Many newer collectors once they have something in hand find it nearly impossible to send things back. They minutely examine the items over and over again and convince themselves that they are seeing something that is not there and that all the advanced opinions are wrong.
You heard here from Extremely advanced collectors and experts-such as DougB and the universal conclusion is that this helmet is a Fraud. It would be Nice if it were genuine, but it is Not, and all the wishful thinking and positive energy a person puts toward it will not change this. Why you insist on believing in something that should be glaringly obvious as being bad is beyond me. If you have this kind of money to throw away on tarted up trash that will never be worth anything, then so be it. Put it on your collecting shelf and enjoy it for whatever your mind is telling you that it is and ignore the rest of the World's collecting community and experts and be proud of it. We can only Try to help collectors avoid being defrauded of their moneys, and if they choose to still insist on an obvious fake as being good, then good for them. Carpe Diem....
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
Wagriff I couldn't of said it better myself, well said my friend. Just want to add one more thing. When it comes to stories, just because the seller just discovered it in some old, run down barn or some vet estate sale doesn't mean the item wasn't a reproduction purchased in the 90's and left behind. The stories may be true, however what is unknown about the item before the new owner comes in contact with it is just as important. This is why we study the items and don't just buy the story.
On with the item.
We shouldn't go so far as to claim the seller is intentionally selling a fake. He has a lot of crap on his site, but maybe he just doesn't know how to spot fake German helmets. It could be honest ignorance rather than trickery. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt for now.
Well, "intentionally" would probably be the key word in your post there... no one seems to have much faith in the item itself either way.
Not for me.