I have some queries about this item, what era is from, and therefore what's it worth, if anything?
Thanks in advance.
CollectinSteve wrote:Hard to say for sure, but this one like a repro. You can easily tell by the backing. If it is a coarse, white square weave then it's not legit. If it's nice and soft, no visible square weave (usually the backing is a grayish cloth) then you're good to go.
I often see used pairs (arc and shield) sell for EUR 1. Because they are no longer in service, and were sliced off of uniforms when surplussed, there's tons of these.
The trickier part is finding the right sized one for a particular garment. Over the years the BGS made more than a dozen variations in size, materials, etc.
sh4pak wrote:This parka came to me via a US Ranger who'd gotten it from a German contact, about ten years ago. Basically, it sat in a box for a long time until Gary asked about his patch. I'm not going to say that I am surprised that it was put-together... but I'm really surprised that it was put together.
I probably won't take it apart, and reassemble it, I've never actually done that (I have at least 3 sets of trousers that I want to have altered, but I still haven't done it-- I am *lazy*).
Back into the box it goes...
Easy Gee wrote:
I can confirm this one has a grey material backing, and was never attached to a garment.But still not 100% on it's originality.
I am amazed there are repro's out there, but then why not,there's repros of just about everything, sadly I own quite a few, but was totally unaware on purchase.