Thread: SCAMS AND FAKES
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Old 9th January 2014, 04:58 AM   #26
VANDOO
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THIS IS CERTIANLY A FIELD I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT SO CAN NOT COMMENT ON WHAT GOES WHERE OR THE AGE, DESIGNS ,ECT. SO PERHAPS A BIT OF CONJECTURE.
WHAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED IN MANY CASES IS THERE WERE MANY BROKEN,PLAIN OR INCOMPLETE WEAPONS AVAILABLE. THESE PEOPLE MAY HAVE BOUGHT THEM UP AND DID THEIR SO CALLED RESTORATION TO MAKE THEM COMPLETE. PERHAPS THEIR KNOWLEGE WAS LIMITED SO THEY LOOKED AT COMPLETE EXAMPLES THAT WERE SIMULAR AND TRIED TO MAKE THEIR RESTORATIONS LOOK LIKE THEM. THEY NO DOUBT SELECTED THE MOST EXPENSIVE AND HIGH GRADE ITEMS FOR THEIR PATTERNS. THEIR OBJECT WAS TO MAKE THEIR CREATIONS EASY TO SELL AND AS PROFITABLE AS POSSIBLE. INCOMPLETE OR BROKEN ITEMS DID NOT SELL FOR MUCH COMPLETE ONES DID.
THEY NO DOUBT BROUGHT TO THE MARKET MANY ITEMS THAT APPEARED TO BE COMPLETE AND RARE EXAMPLES FROM THE HIGH CLASSES OR ROYALTY. THE COMPLETE ONES WERE RARE OR STILL IN THE HANDS OF THE RICH SO MUSEUMS BOUGHT THESE FANCY LOOKING ITEMS FOR DISPLAY WHEN THEY BECAME AVAILABLE.
THESE COMPOSITE ITEMS HAVE ALL BEEN MESSED WITH IF PARTS FROM OTHER WEAPONS HAVE BEEN USED OR NEW ONES MADE TO REPLACE AND RESTORE. THIS GOES FOR DECORATIVE ENGRAVINGS OR BONE, SHELL OR WOOD INLAYS THAT ARE ADDED. THEIR HISTORY AND VARIETY MAKES AN INTERESTING STUDY IN ITSELF. SO WHEN DOES RESTORATION BECOME FRAUD, FAKE OR SCAM? ONE WOULD HAVE TO KNOW THE INTENT OF THE INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED. THEY EITHER LACKED THE KNOWLEGE TO GET IT RIGHT OR CAME TO THE WRONG CONCLUSION THAT IT WAS CLOSE ENOUGH.
NO DOUBT THESE GUNS APPEAR TO THOSE WITH THE KNOWLEGE LIKE A 1950'S CORVETTE WITH A CADALLAC FRONT BUMPER AND BULLET TAIL LIGHTS WOULD TO ME. JUST MY TWO CENTS WORTH
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