The opportunity for me to finally get a PH Hood to add to my collection has presented itself. As I'm sure many of you are aware, these early pieces do tend to command quite high prices due to their rarity and desirability. This one is rather fairly priced (which suits my rather tight budget) based on its condition, which is less than perfect but is still far from being a relic. However, it's still not what you would call cheap.
I've researched these hoods extensively myself, and as far as I can tell this one is looking very promising. However, reproduction/fakes are getting more and more sophisticated, and due to the amount of money at stake it's not something in my opinion worth taking any risks with. The example in question is coming from a private individual, not a dealer so there's unfortunately no real reputation associated with their name, which is something that is quite important in these cloak and dagger days.
Hence, I come before you all today seeking some second opinions on this piece, as at the end of the day it never hurts to be on the side of caution.
I look forward to all comments and opinions.
Thanks in advance,