This page is for general discussion, notes on fakes, items of interest and other areas of interest to Military and Antique knives.
Regarding certain knives if you collect the items that are in section 141 of the 1988 Act typically things like Middle East Commando knives, BC41 you will only be allowed to keep these if they are historically important. However here is the rub whilst you will be allowed to keep the item you will not be allowed to sell it, give it or otherwise dispose of it, and the compensation scheme ended in March 2021 This leaves collectors and particularly their heirs with a problem - what do you do with the item and how do you protect its value and our military heritage. A group of us sought to have the 2019 Act changed to allow the defence of selling an item of historic importance included but we received consistent NO form the Home Office.
AUCTION HOUSES - Some less than honest.
Several years ago I bought from a dealer a set of rare shoulder titles. These turned out to be fake and I got my money back with no issues. Turn clock forward to today and this same dealer who has associations with a auction has for sale in the auction a small batch of insignia which includes what are the same set of titles. If genuine these would be worth many hundreds of pounds yet the estimate is around £30. From his expertise he knows what a real set is worth but the lot contains no comment about them being reproductions/fakes or even any mention of the titles Why not ?
In another auction house, one whose home page boast "our expert staff" has for sale a large amount of what is claimed ot be SOE/MI9 items. There is supposed to be provenance to a deceased collector and yes it is possible that it did come from one collection, but the 99% of the items are fake. So why do their expert staff not know this!
Some auction houses do not seem to care they are selling fakes which are catalogued as being genuine relying on less knowledgable buyers to pay good money, and thus earn good commission, for the items without any repercussions on the auction house. BUYER BEWARE
This very unusual ROBBINS DUDLEY is the only example of this pattern seen or heard of. See my wants page regarding ROBBINS knives.