Collecting anything inherently involves some risks, if the items being collected have any value at all. All collectors have “paid their dues” over the course of time and picked up items they may have thought were good, but did not survive “peer review”. I’ve included a few here that fall into that category, to include some items that may well be good but also have their share of naysayers.
M40 Tropical Billed Field Cap
Among the most copied items of Third Reich military headgear is the iconic M40 billed field cap, made famous by the Deutsches Afrika-Korps. The following cap was seen in hand by several well-known collectors in the field who gave it a “thumbs up.” Unfortunately, almost no one else has. It was recently sold by me to a reenactor and collector as a “super fake.”
Black Enlisted M43 Billed Field Cap
One of many black M43’s I’ve acquired over the years. You’d think I’d have this down to a fine science by now. Unfortunately, the fakers seem to have it down to an even finer science.