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Sappenpanzer Gesichtsmaske Snipers mask genuine?

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This Sappenpanzer Gesichtsmaske came up at a countryside auction in the UK today. They seemed very certain of the authenticity, I was bidding. but it sold for over £2000, What do people think of it?  I thought it looked good but I am no expert. 

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johnboy

Not seen one before , Have you any pics of them being used during the war?

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printguru

there are lots yes, this one is being worn by a British soldier in 1917. There are quite a few images of them across the net.  It seems the designs vary slightly, I assume the width of the eye slits varying depending on user. 

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zuluwar2006

ABSOLUTELY ORIGINAL, A VERY RARE CONVERSION OF SNIPER MASK

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printguru

I know these things are rare, but also there are forgeries, I certainly thought it looked good. Perhaps I should have bid more.  

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zuluwar2006
18 hours ago, printguru said:

I know these things are rare, but also there are forgeries, I certainly thought it looked good. Perhaps I should have bid more.  

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This is my elephant mask.

I bought it recently, from UK, from an auction house, for 1500 sterlings.

this is a different model from yours.

yours is more rare, as has spikes on it, which means is the first models produced.

Let me know your opinion about mine.

regards, D.

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trenchtrotter

Aside from authentic or not, if you don't know or are not sure then unless there is a 100% guarantee of money back in perpetuity if found to be duff why gambol £2000 plus. A really good one and better than above on condition recently went for £6500-7000. They are rare and copied expertly.

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zuluwar2006

paint is absolutely non original.

this must put you in thoughts about the originality of the whole item. 

regards

D.

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printguru

My gut feeling is it's wrong. 

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Gunner Bailey

I've seen a few of these recently. That sets off alarm bells for me, big time. Just like the dribble of 'original' tank masks.

 

There are many fakers around. About 6 years ago I was staggered to hear there was a man making quality replicas of M16 and M17 helmets in a workshop in Lewisham. Most were aged and sold as original.

 

BUYER BEWARE!

 

 

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Gunner Bailey
On 04/11/2018 at 18:31, printguru said:

I found this on eBay, what do people think? I really don't like the paint on it and it just doesn't feel right. I am no expert what do people think?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WW1-German-Sniper-Elephant-Mask-With-Paint/292774256709?hash=item442ab4a045:g:2H0AAOSwi5hbxzUn:rk:1:pf:0

Looks at his other items Tank Mask, WW1 gas goggles.

 

Looks too good to be true.

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