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Can YOU tell a real Decal from a fake?

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2 out of 4 of these decals are reproductions...can you tell which ones?

 

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Real Heer Decal

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Yeap!!!  It's a FAKE!!!!   Very Dangerous one!!!!

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Real Second Pattern Luftwaffe

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Fake German Decal - were you fooled by this one?

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Can you tell the difference?
Don't be burned!!!

I offer this section to illustrate how some reproduction decals can be easily identified as not being  authentic.  While others can be very difficult to distinguish and require close inspection.  The reproduction decals above were World War II German Helmets that were being sold on Ebay.  Early on in my collecting I was ripped off several times by the fraud artists that use on-line auctions as a way to get them into the market.   Ebay, Manions, & Gunbroker.com are all risky places to buy.   Yes, original helmets do show up on those venues from time to time but a high percentage have been post War tampered with in some form or fashion.  One of the above helmets sold for $600, and the other sold for close to $1,000.    The $1,000 helmet was represented as an Original Double Decal Waffen SS.   If the helmet were real, it would command a price of $5,000-$15,000.   Imagine how this collector is going to feel when he finally learns his high end fake is only worth about $250.  

A word of advice, if you buy a German helmet from an on-line auction, be very careful and ask the right questions.   If the seller sends you fuzzy pictures or seems apprehensive to answer questions, do not bid.   A very high percentage of German helmets listed at on-line auctions are fakes or have at least been tampered with.  Most likely the number of non-original helmets approaches 95% or more.   You can get lucky and find good German helmets at an on-line auction.   Collectors usually know the good ones when they come up and they usually they command a high price.  On the flip side, if a deal seems to good to be true, then most likely you are dealing with a reproduction.   Stay away from helmets outside the US.   Virtually all have been tampered with in some way.  Ebay is a very dangerous place to buy German helmets.  It has become a dumping ground for the post war fabricated pieces.   There are also several Ebay sellers in the US acting as fronts for various East European fakers.   They all have the same story, such as direct from a Vet estate, or a small museum.   The best way to have a high quality collection is to buy your WW II German Helmets from reputable dealers, that offer an inspection period and stand behind the product with a Lifetime Guarantee.  

Here are some tips for identifying a reproduction World War II German helmet.

Collecting World War II German Helmets can be a great investment when done correctly.    Demand for Authentic German Helmets is increasing and is at an all time high.  If you are going to be a serious collector, learn, learn, learn.  Education is your best defense against being ripped off.   Enjoy your hunt for Original World War II German helmets.  

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