Newsletter No. 215 August 25, 2016

Newsletter No. 215 August 25, 2016

Here is a communication from an advanced German buckle collector, along with photographs in support.
“Dear Mr. Royster:
I am a German belt buckle collector and have been for some forty years. I also subscribe to the Military Collector and read the article on RODO SS buckles by Dr. Thayer.
I also read the uproar on the Wehrmacht Awards Forum about the article, several belt buckle dealers proclaiming that the pictures Dr. Thayer showed were all of fakes.
I have news for them. The buckles Dr. Thayer showed are 100% genuine. I have several original RODO pieces that I have had for 40 years and I assure you, they are not fake.
The loudest voice is one of a Jean-Pierre Redeuilh.
He sells buckles and “authenticates” them for dealers like Gottlieb and here are excerpts from a complaint about this one posted on the WAF site:
“Do you really write C.O.A’s for dealers as an expert on buckles as Royster is saying?. And for Gottlieb?. Is this a service you charge for and do you trade in buckles?.”
And “… You know that there is a book full of bad CH helmets with C.O.A’s out there, you know what their worth?.”
RODO made buckles for many different branches of German service but they were always made in the same way, regardless of what unit they were intended for.
There have been a number of newly-made buckles flooding the market. These are made in India, China, the UK and Poland. None of them have maker’s marks on them so crooked dealers (most of them) stamp in any kind of maker’s name they wish.
That is why there are so many RODO buckles in collections and being offered by the crooks that are made differently than the originals. And that is why the collector who has one or the dealer who sells one, hates what Dr. Thayer wrote, what the Military Advisor published and your own articles.
The screaming of Jean-Pierre Redeuilh reminds me of the old saying that it is the kicked dog that yelps. Anyone who works with Gottlieb is not to be considered as a reputable source and an SS dress brocade belt he “authenticated” is a complete recent fake.
Just keep up the good work exposing fakes and fakers and think that if the simpletons who jabber on the WAF don’t like you or your work, consider this a compliment!
Henri Fouché

Details of original RODO Waffen-SS EM buckle
Details of original RODO Waffen-SS EM buckle

real RODO buckle

2 thoughts on “Newsletter No. 215 August 25, 2016

  1. My, my, you are stirring up the children again! On the other hand, gentlemen, you use polysyllabic words and it would take most of them upwards of an hour to read two sentences. Why bother with the belt buckles? This is the cheapo-junko end of the collecting hobby. The fake and fantasy daggers are much more interesting. You spend ten dollars for a rusty buckle and howl like a sick cat if someone shakes your crib but what happens when someone spends $30,000 on a fantasy dagger? The crooks won’t give money back and the sucker can’t sell his fake piece. Now you have two furious people swinging their purses at you.
    You have done terrible damage to the marketplace and I see on the Internet that the camouflage SS paratrooper helmets selling for $12,000 are not going anywhere. I see one of those fake Hitler Youth Olympics dagger being offered by a screwed collector for huge money. Why not put up a picture of this abortion and keep the monkey house really mad? Remember that a fool and his money are soon parted!

    1. Unkind as usual. I agree that the buckle articles are not important and yes, daggers are coming up again. Also fake Soldbuchs, Guerrilla Warfare badge fakes, SS cloth fakes and a large number of fakes from Poland (cigarette lighters with DAK insignia engraved on the, Eva Braun napkin rings, SS statues,etc) and a long posting on fake German military and political rings is also on the stove top. As far as the outraged WAF-type doofus brigades are concerned, they are getting what they paid for. How about exposing the new trend, SS trouser buttons? “Mine was made by Godet,” squeals Timmy Scrotum, quasi-literate SS Trouser Button Forum Advisor.

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