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  1. Spread the word----All we had a HUGE attendance with all tables sold last show----thank you for your support. Almost feels like we are back in the old days with the renewed vibrancy. Amazing stuff was sold and walked in the door. Next show is Sunday May 5 (see attached flyer) until noon. Come and support one of the oldest continuing militaria shows in the US. See you there. Please contact Dave Johnson (on flyer) for table availability. ​1306 F St Woodbridge VA at Ocquoquan Lorton Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Hall
  2. Ryan. The I believe button is a powerful thing. There was only one real theater made piece. The rest were rank fakes
  3. He yanked them. He appreciated feedback from everyone. Sometimes seemingly great “discoveries” with good story allow honest and well meaning people to push proverbial “I believe button”
  4. I am with you brother. These patches have taxed a friendship of more than two decades. He is truly honest but is not part of main stream and does not stay ahead of the market and frauds. He sadly reflects the mentality of long time collectors who have their ideas of who is reputable and who they trust. Very much explains why some major problem dealers remain viable. I showed him how they should be made and which ones are real. He pulled amphib after I sent the thread. He does want to do right thing
  5. These are the work of a faker who moved on from making patches of old material and selling one at a time on ebay a few years back, to enhancing common patches with bullion. He goes back a long time. Seller is honest, but was duped by unsuspecting collector. I examined some of the patches at a show last weekend, and all were done by same hand. Told him, that patches did not match style of materials of theater of origin, but he obviously thinks he knows better.
  6. These are the work of a faker who moved on from making patches of old material and selling one at a time on ebay a few years back, to enhancing common patches with bullion. Seller is honest, but was duped by unsuspecting collector. I examined some of the patches at a show last weekend, and all were done by same hand. Told him, that patches did not match style of materials of theater of origin, but he obviously thinks he knows better.
  7. I want make one thing clear. I think we should recognize that Scotty is intending to use his vast experience to protect our community and I value his input as I do many others'. My doubts were not put to rest until I had a chance to hold it any examine it in person. The workmanship is super and shows all hallmarks of German tailors. Details that are not apparent in photos
  8. That is true but the tide is turning. Wording is meaningless. I have sees so many weird things. The patch was discussed yesterday at asmic illesheim and they too are in agreement. Construction and materials. That is what matters. The wool is identical to ww2 German collar tab material and other special order patches from the period. We are entitled to assessments. That is what makes us a community of collectors. After I posted a number of other advanced dealers and collectors took a second look and are seeing what I see. Appreciate your opinion and my 30 years in biz and 20 in Europe taught m
  9. Also a lesson for all. Nothing beats experience handling And CLOSELY examining any local made patch at every opportunity. In this internet age photos, photos serve as a starting point. Going to shows and seeing some of the old collections that came out of tailor shops in Germany are some of your best references. Appreciate all the individual messages from colleagues supporting these responses. However only reason I enagaged was to defend the sellers integrity and not a piece I am putting in my collection. Most of you know I try and stay out of the fray
  10. Roger that Dave. Also an important fav overlooked in the previous discussions is the detail and workmanship. The key is made with 3 different billions with the swat being silver and key gold. Again at variance with known examples. Also the multiple details on the scales. And much more. What people always forget is that is that,like with motto tabs, soldiers took liberties with their insignia. I have seen countless original non regulation theater made pieces over the years. With patches as with people different does not always equal bad.
  11. Well said Robert. This young man is in my opinion of fine character and very conscientious. He would rather have eaten money than sell a fake
  12. Scotty certainly knows a lot. But when it comes to German bullion there are some in Germany who know more. And I am not talking abt Bill Bruce?
  13. Here is the lesser of the two identical variants ---with this weird special piece, that makes five total in the collection.
  14. However, there is an important lesson. I would never have purchased it without an approval period to evaluate it. I subjected the damn thing to every means of evaluation, including 50XLED....and nothing, surface, sub-surface, backing, etc glowed. I sent high resolution pictures to the most advanced German bullion colleagues, and we discussed---all agreed we liked the bullion, just not the wool. Then compared it to similar documented period pieces, and it matched, so..hey if it is fake, it is made by someone who exhibited amazing talent. But the stitching on the uniform and fading on thre
  15. Scotty, I am not sorry. According to people who know more than both of us, it is good. I took it on approval, and spent 45 minutes doing close exam...it is good. So, it is one of those times that a photo does not always tell the whole story. Only close examination and comparison to similar pieces from the period. According to a person we both respect, it is "A super bullion patch. But the swatiska over the scale should come out in more details. Believe this patch was made by special order." I concur, I have sold hundreds of bullions over the last few years. Many out of Germany and h
  16. So everyone....I kept off this thread until I had firm information. As many know, I am an advanced collector and dealer of high grade insignia. I am only chiming in because the young man took quite a beating, and I held my thoughts when someone questioned the textbook 9th infantry. Yes, the Lauer is a little odd. I was an active member of ASMIC in Germany for many years, and still have contacts with folks who have seen and own things that you can only dream of. Additionally, there is an individual over there who is THE EXPERT on Lauer and crawled all over the place since the 50s. He vouc
  17. All, for those who were at the last show, it was quite a wonderful event. Almost 100 tables filled with quality insignia, uniforms, medals, etc. A super event. Details below. Feel free to contact me with any questions. There are still tables available. 8 Foot tables are $15 each. The Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton Fire Hall is located just of I-95 just over the Occoquan River, between the highway and US Route 1 at 1306 F Street. Setup is from 7-8 am, and the show goes until 1 PM. Contact Dave Johnson at bro6970@gmail.com for reservations.
  18. Great post...amazes me that there is not more interest in these medals. I had several for sale and no one ever asked for one. Also sad to say, the same goes for bronze stars. Happy you guys pulled this together. Thank you
  19. Garth, if it is blue grey it is the Red Cross skirt. Looks a lot like the pattern
  20. Great piece...thanks for sharing
  21. Kat makes a good point, and it is essential in studying female uniforms...especially WAC and Nurses. I have handled literally hundreds of women's uniforms over the years, and the tailoring, especially on British, French, and CBI made ones bear little resemblance to regulation. Additionally, sometimes they wore pins that were given to them by their men's counterparts...kind of flair....and they wore them with pride. It was also PERFECTLY acceptable. I recently spoke with a former Nurse, she is now 96. And we discussed this very issue. Also recall, that men's dress uniforms also took regu
  22. Wonderful stuff, great reference material, thanks for posting
  23. Nice discussion of the personal side of the women in our Service. It is good to see the human side of history we study and the artifacts we collect
  24. These were part of the series of "Emergency Rates" that came about mid-war. Lots of WAVEs were in the X rate...not to be confused with today's version )
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