Thought to have first appeared at one of the military shows a few years ago, these fake ARP London Transport have been doing the rounds since. They crop up from time to time on the usual online auction sites (like the below example) and also as items at auction houses. They are a fantasy item.
Not seen for a few years but now back like the proverbial bad penny is this fantasy AVRO battledress. We've seen fake AVRO insignia many times before. Being hawked by a well-known shyster of militaria, the jacket is even post-war (it's has had the WD number messed with) and also had some spurious maker's mark daubed inside (they were always on white labels). The badges are utter fantasy as well. Hopefully, people may look to research the BD and learn it is complete garbage before wasting their hard-earned on it.
A good chance to compare two District / Divisional Wardens' helmets on eBay; an original helmet (priced at £65 buy it now) v a fake helmet (from the Stansted Shyster at £175. Always good to know who the utter tosspots on eBay are, and to avoid them like the plague they are.
Another piece of utter garbage from the notorious faker in Stanstead. This shyster has for many years being foisting his wares on unsuspecting eBay buyers. Here is a genuine WW2 helmet that's he done up to look like a CONTROL helmet. It isn't.
He has a veritable production line making fake WW2 flags to SAS insignia (and everything in between). He was responsible for a plethora of fake ARP badges which happily haven't been seen for a while. If you were sadly taken in by this huckster, do send it back.
This egregious fake wooden bowl recently sold on eBay for £78 (plus £9.50 shipping). Some shyster has stamped around the rim (incredibly poorly while drunk it appears) and base to make out that this bowl was made from wood salvaged from Westminster Hall following an air raid in May 1941. The lettering is absolutely atrocious with some fake name (Preston J. Miller) impressed on the base.
This type of bowl - called Cambridge Ware and also Dice-Ware - was manufactured in the 1950s and 60s. I wouldn't normally post items like this but should the buyer research their "collectible" they may want to send it back for a refund...
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