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Authentic WW1 cap?


Alibear27
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There is a RWF cap on ebay at the moment that says the following:

"original World War One British soldiers Khaki cap. Badge to the front bears the emblem of the Royal Welsh Fusilliers. To the interior the piece is tamped 18 WD P, 5 RWF, 4184980 and 6-23."

Please can anyone tell me if this is genuine? I had 4 relatives who all fought & survived in the RWF and this would be great if it was an original!

Thanks in advance.

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Why not just post the link to the page?

http://cgi.ebay.com/WWI-British-Soldier-Kh...1QQcmdZViewItem

-------Edited: Please read http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/i...showtopic=39713 ---- note the very few rows of reinforcing stitches on the peak as opposed to genuine caps - this is of course entirely my opinion, and in no way reflects apon the honesty of the seller, etc...

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the chinstrap is too wide - definitely a ww2 type. He says he has photos of the interior which could be of help. I would give this a slim chance of being real.

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I am not a 100% sure about the cap badge either but I woudn't want to be to outspoken on this issue, there are so many re-strikes on the market.

I think the buyers beware tag must aply.

Rob

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Possibly a genuine cap - just not of the period the seller ascribes it too.

Not least: a seven figure service number - which is a no-no of which, I would say, the majority of non-anoraks are not aware. I believe seven figure No.s can fall into the WW1 period, but generally they are best avoided.

And: 8-23 would be, er, the date. Tons of stuff on eBay is listed WW1 - but obviously given away by markings that say things like, er, 12-05-56. You know: 1956.

It's not a question of the seller being dodgy or anything: it's assuming that everyone out there has the knowledge - or the common sense - that you do. Which patently can't be the case because we 'exist' in a specialist environment.

Best wishes,

GT.

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I think the cap is genuine, just postwar. I've seen these before dated 1922 with 5 lines of peak stitching instead of the usual 6. If the wide chinstrap came in in 1922, that would make it perfectly bona fide.

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