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  1. "British Army beret" on sale by Monsieur Hogspear - no it's not, it's a CD beret with the CD markings folded out of sight in not one, but both photos of the interior. I'm sure that's pure coincidence and not a cynical attempt to make a few £ more. Compare with another listing in the image below, which btw also claims to be Army but at least the CD code is plainly visible.
  2. I'm struggling to see the originality in this piece of kit. It bears no resemblance to any of the known patterns and is identical to the dozens of aged fake trench clubs with various dates and regimental markings churned out by the Delville Wood fake factory, with which knowledgable collectors of WW1 British militaria are well acquainted. I assume this is an honest mistake and that the listing will now be ended while the dubious provenance is investigated.
  3. It says RAD Abt (in a Germanic font) which I take to mean Reichs Arbeitsdienst, Abteilung... which means Reich Labour Service, Department..... So I think that it is a WW2 German tea towel.
  4. Here's my set. The utility pouch took a lot of finding.
  5. I know this is an old post, but..... I don't have relatives here but I have visited the cemetery at Madingley twice and I fully agree with your comment. Let's face it, when it comes to museums and memorials the Americans are second to none. A tremendously impressive and moving place that is well worth a visit.
  6. Yes clearly 1990-something, 6 or 8 apparently. No contract number so I can't add anything to that.
  7. A photo of the label or markings would help.
  8. Don't know what those are but the contract number is early 90s. Surely the 36 must be 76, 86 or 96, can't imagine a 36cm waist!
  9. These two pouches came to me as a pair on an otherwise standard 90 pattern set. The LH pouch differs from 90 patt in having a gate buckle in place of the front D ring and is presumably a trials piece. The RH pouch has square flap corners as above. (While I'm here, if anyone has a spare trials utility pouch in very good condition....LH or RH, I don't care!)
  10. It's not usually difficult to tell private purchase from issue items. If it has no contract number it's not ex-MoD. Very, very occasionally clothing turns up with a spurious contract number but too infrequently to have much impact. Ditto spurious NSNs, though even a real one of those doesn't make a garment ex-M0D.
  11. CWCW is indeed Silvermans and the number under CWCW isn't a contract number but washing instructions spec SC/UK/3698, which used to appear on cotton garments of the 70s to 90s. I'm not aware of Silvermans ever having a UK MOD contract (CWC is Cabot Watch Company), but like SASS and Arktis they certainly produced lookalike windproofs which were bought by individual soldiers out of their own pocket. Difficult to date the above smock but my guess would be early 90s.
  12. Looks like a contract for a Middle Eastern army, Omani perhaps.
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