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Here's something I noticed as a 'hat guy'. That Berkshire officer's cap features the frame with US Patent number 2,475,794 which was granted in 1949. Was Spruance seriously demoted after the war? Patent: https://www.google.us/patents/US2475794

 

All I've got to say in response to that is........

 

OUCH

 

Nice find, Matt!!!

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I made IMA aware of the concerns about these uniforms and caps last night. To their credit, I received this response this morning:

 

"Thank you very much for emailing this information.

In regard to the Spruance hat, we do concur with the information you provided which is why this item was removed from stock and therefore made unavailable for sale within hours of it begin offered on our website. In retrospect, it should have been deactivated so it could no longer be found. We will deactivate the listing now.

In March we purchased a collection of named uniforms offered to us as totally original from a widow and her daughter through a dealer who is located in Indiana.

Just so we are clear; we'd never sell something we knew to be incorrect. As seen here, its far to easy in this internet age for people to research and evaluate items like these. We hide nothing; we publish multiple large images with every listing and show every marking, nook and cranny.

There is nothing to gain by fooling people, maybe in the short term, but in time that always catches up with you. We've been in business far too long to go that route.

Best,

Alex

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Alex Cranmer
VP
IMA Inc"

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Gotta give the guy credit for manning up on his response.

I figured there was always the chance they'd bought all this stuff from a 3rd party. That's why I never automatically assume ePay vendors are the fakers as the seller could always have been fooled before trying to sell it while being unaware of the problem.

Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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Puller's uniform is a new one to the lineup. I just can't imagine him wearing misplaced birds and modern ribbons...but that's just me... :D

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In this auction, the LeMay flag has been around, but the briefcase is a new one...

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What a bunch of crap..... but people with big $$$ buy these things and cycle continues. Agreed on the "Puller" one.....looks like he went shopping at the clothing sales for his ribbons last week. Also, are those modern enlisted EGA's? I don't see the wire rope......

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In reference to the Tibbets items - I am loosely acquainted with Paul W. Tibbets IV - I have corresponded with him in the past on ebay items claimed to be his grandfathers and he has always emphatically denied their authenticity. He was clear that what isn't in museum's is still in the hands of the immediate family with no plans to sell. Given his current duties I assume I will have a rather difficult time contacting him this time around :) but I assume that the same holds true.

 

Very best,

 

Bill K

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These things are everywhere!

I was doing a google image search and came across this one for General Chennault, as sold by RIA back in 2012!

 

 

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And for some unknown reason, the builder stuck on an AF Outstanding Unit Award...instead of the other couple of dozen awards Chennault actually earned...

 

And note the same gold leafed initials stamped in the sweatband as well as the ink stamped name on the label... sigh...

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FYI, it's worth bringing this to the top as Morphy Auction's May auction has DOZENS of fake embossed name caps to pretty much every big name General and Admiral of the 20th Century. Based on their auction estimates and the way they're being advertised, I am assuming the auction house knows they aren't the real deal.

 

These are not real, please be careful!

 

A few samples...

 

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Ebay Sales: wwii.uniform.collector

 

Auctioneer Website: http://www.cnymilitaria.com

 

Facebook Sales Group

 

 

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