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    British SAS beret

    Post by Mercenary25 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:00 am

    Here is a unusual find. I didn't expect that I would find something like it in US. Not sure peroid but the guy said that it is current (his judgement questionable because he deals with WWII or earlier stuff and WWII boys like to anything post "current" or "modern")

    But what a hell, here it is.



    It is outside my collecting field so I plan to sell it. Will list it soon. Brit collectors, feel free to contact me if you are interested.


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    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:34 am

    Not sure if current or if the beret itself is Issue,could be private purchase.

    Cloth banded (issue)berets from memory were in use late 70s/early 80s?

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    Post by filupe on Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:58 am

    I'm pretty sure Kangol berets were issued at one stage - don't know if they still are, though.

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    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:22 pm

    Probably still are and certainly were but that doesnt look issue but could of course be wrong Laughing

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    Post by Bury_Dave on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:53 pm

    There are about 5,000,000 million more 'SAS' berets in circulation than men ever served in the Regiment. Bearing in mind that not many ex-blades are ever likely to part with their own berets whilst they are still alive means that just about every one you see is a made up one.

    Cloth banded ones were the ones given out but everyone bought leather banded ones and then proceded to shrink, shave and shape them. The beret above looks unworn and un-shaped.

    My dearest wish before I die is to see berets worn correctly on TV and in movies. "Who Dares Wins" got it right (1980!!) but then at least Lewis Collins did serve as a Territorial Para.

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    Post by Mercenary25 on Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:14 am

    Thanks guys for your input. One question before selling it..How much does SAS berets worth on market nowadays?


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    Post by Bury_Dave on Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:00 am

    A beret is about £17, a badge around £5. Even IF it were genuine (which is most unlikely - especially without provenance), it is unworn and 'issue' berets and badges like that abound for the prices I've just quoted. All made by MoD contractors. It is very different to being one worn by a Blade over a period of time.

    Silvermans in London are one of many who sell 'genuine' SAS kit. Many people fall for that rubbish. Caveat emptor.

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    Post by loski on Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:02 pm

    Fabric banded kangol berets were issued in the early 80's I was issud with a navy blue one when I joined up.

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    Post by Tommo on Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:01 am

    Bury_Dave wrote:My dearest wish before I die is to see berets worn correctly on TV and in movies. "Who Dares Wins" got it right (1980!!) but then at least Lewis Collins did serve as a Territorial Para.

    Sure he also passed selection for either 21 or 23 SAS, but was told he couldn't join due to being famous, could of been the mascot!

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    Post by bravo_2_zero on Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:43 pm

    I'd like to add something to this.

    I think it's made up item, why you may ask ?

    No squaddie in their right mind would keep that god awfull square plastic patch in the top of the beret. The first thing any squaddie does to a beret is to rip out the plastic patch at the very least if not the whole liner.

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    Post by Tommo on Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:28 pm

    Badge looks like one of the repro copies as well.

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    Post by loski on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:04 pm

    bravo_2_zero wrote:I'd like to add something to this.

    I think it's made up item, why you may ask ?

    No squaddie in their right mind would keep that god awfull square plastic patch in the top of the beret. The first thing any squaddie does to a beret is to rip out the plastic patch at the very least if not the whole liner.

    Im in agreement most squaddies take the plastic out their berets when they are issued at the begining of training, the training coy full screws to take the plastic out of our berets but to leave the liners in them untill after we passed out of the depot.

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    Re: British SAS beret

    Post by Mercenary25 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:12 pm

    Thanks everyone for their input! It is very helpful as I don't collect brit items. I saw it in $5 bin so I just couldn't pass it up with chances it may be original SAS beret. It was worth gambling the $5.


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    Re: British SAS beret

    Post by loski on Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:25 pm

    What ever way you look at it 5 bucks for a sand beret and badge isnt bad It may not have been issued to a serving SAS member But I will give you $10.00 US plus shipping for it

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