Like bad pennies, this fake helmet has reappeared on the tat bazaar with a starting price of £195. It's one of several helmets that I have now learned were produced in south-east London and sold at the flea market in Greenwich. I have previously blogged about a fake West Ham example from the same hand. This Greenwich one, along with the West Ham example, had all the hallmarks of a well-known shyster in the Midlands but although some of his crap mirrors these, they are not from his garden shed production line of fake militaria.
I don't want this blog to turn into a raft of fakes but if the buyer does manage to see a post after purchasing they may be able to get their money back.
A short film from Birmingham showing Consol Shelters being tested.
It would appear that the current way to turn a few bob is to buy up cheap unmarked Zuckerman helmets and then apply lettering of a firm (see previous examples for the WVS and Avro Aircraft). This garbage comes from a regular shyster on eBay known for hawking all sorts of faked militaria. I expect we'll see quite a lot of these helmets in the future.
Coming from the same shed as the previously blogged Avro Aircraft Zuckerman helmet, is this WVS Mobile Canteen No. 4 example. The seller is notorious amongst collectors for fabricating all sorts of militaria. This is another recently lettered Zuckerman with distressing added to give a whiff of authenticity. At time of writing, bids on the tat bazaar had driven the price to £156. A waste of money and the seller is an utter disgrace.
This rare ARP Report Centre Staff badge is of a design I had not seen previously. The generic wording would allow the badge to be bought and issued by any local authority for members of its Report Centre. A nice item which is sure to command a good price on eBay.
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