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Re provenance: I was given a cap badge of a leopard’s face on a sky-blue background, surrounded by a wreath. The provenance was that it was brought back from the Congo in the 1960s by a Polish ex-serviceman employed as an aircraft armourer by the CIA. There were a number of Poles recruited in the British Midlands who went to the Congo. Wild guess was that it was a Katanga cap badge- went to a Belgian collector, probably too cheaply!
Link to Flikr image This is the same ERDL camo pattern, on a US Marine Corps shirt (note cross-shaped mid-green areas).
Is that the back of the patch? There’s a shop near me that sells Vietnam-era patches, so I did (out of curiousity) do some checking up on patches some time back. There’s a big Vietnamese industry in making fake patches- apparently there’s a rare US reference book on them which acts as a guide for Vietnam makers.
#112 Never have sex with the boss’ sister
#113 Always have sex with the boss.
Is that what the big ears are for? Something to hold on to in zero G?11/30/2018 at 3:03 pm in reply to: Pottery – Identification – UNMARKED is NOT a bad thing. #52507
Picked up a small yellow jug at the local thrift shop. Pretty nondescript except that it had an unusual mark on the base- an oak tree and a s****ika. It was made by Ashtead Potters, a pottery set up to support disabled servicemen from the Great War. The s****ika was the year mark for 1928. Went to list it on eBay with the word s****ika in the title- got a warning that it was illegal to sell anything with a s****ika. Changed the word to “mark”. Sold the same day to someone who seems to have an interest in pottery.
Funny thing is, there’s a big Hindu population in Leicester. So we had a S****tik Grocery, and chalked s****ikas on doorsteps, and quite a few objects turn up in the local thrift shops decorated with s****ikas.11/28/2018 at 5:57 am in reply to: The Need for Speed: Improving Efficiencies in Reselling #52399
I’ve stopped correcting buyer’s names and addresses when I’m printing labels. You know that thing where an angry troll WRITES EVERYTHING IN CAPS? It’s the opposite way round on eBay, with extra placenames that the post office doesn’t need. Gotta send a parcel now to john doe, the small cottage next to the big pigsty, nempnett thrubwell, burrington combe, bristol, zummerzet bs13 ru1.11/27/2018 at 12:54 pm in reply to: How would you price this Norwegian language book? "Perleri Prosa" #52356
According to his Wikipedia article the book’s an anthology of short stories, maybe by different authors as Beyer was a literary critic and professor rather than an author. Published 1966.11/24/2018 at 6:54 am in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Doc Martens, Gun case, Vintage bike radio, Speaker stands, Electric stapler, Panasonic TV #52210
Vintage Doc Martens= “Bovver Boots”, weapon of choice for the 1970s skinheads and football hooligans. The rest of the uniform is a Crombie overcoat, jeans with their legs rolled up and braces. I think red Docs were the thing at one time. As far as I remember, they go up to 20 holes- ten each side.
Hi Damien! I’m Terry. Welcome to the forums! I’m in the same position of moving from “lunch money” to a decent income. I find the buying’s easy but the selling’s hard work, as I think most people do.11/18/2018 at 3:54 pm in reply to: Promoted listings experiment RESULTS: Reducing all promoted listings to 1% rate #51889
I did “promote” a postcard at 50% a day ago. No extra views, but a) made three sales elsewhere, and an enquiry on a £750 artwork b) realised that most of the stuff I’ve listed is cr*p, and I’d better pull my socks up. So… it was useful 🙂11/17/2018 at 4:42 am in reply to: Promoted listings experiment RESULTS: Reducing all promoted listings to 1% rate #51833
I just checked, and I can set the rate to 100%. What happens at 100%? (apart from me losing a barrowload of money if the item sells) Does eBay’s main page get replaced by my listing?11/14/2018 at 4:54 am in reply to: Nike is taking a page from Jay & Ryannes Playbook – LOL! #51656
I read it, and I re-read it, and I re-read it again, and I think what they’re trying to say is that the “built environment” is constantly evolving, but at the moment it’s cold and wet, and here’s your waterproof shoes.
They’re Kniebundhose, maybe moleskin, maybe Bundeswehr or earlier.
Had to check the Wikipedia article on Ocado- I’ve seen the vans but as it’s an online shop I’ve got no experience of it. Especially as it was partnered with Waitrose, which is expensive. I once saw a jar of green garden twine retailing at 5 GBP there! That’s a few cents worth of string in a jam jar.
Never heard of D&D so of course I had to google it. Apparently “Draper’s and Damon’s, an 85-year-old women’s clothing chain, is closing all its stores.” Yeah, we’ve got one like that, a clothing store for 85-year-old women, it’s called Marks and Spencers.