Using UV light to detect fake fabrics

pointystuff

Active member
The IR 92 skull discussed in another post appears in the list of items for the seller of bogus mitres...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Helmet-plate-pickelhaube-German-Elite-Cuirassier-Kurassier-/141493034762?pt=UK_Collectables_Militaria_LE&hash=item20f1a45f0a" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 

newbe

New member
He is selling a lot of these replicas lately.

Presumably to help pay his legal fees.

He needs all the money he can get.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Prussian-Parade-miter-helmet-Pickelhaube-mitre-mitra-/141540229454?pt=UK_Collectables_Militaria_LE&hash=item20f474814e" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 

sassafras

New member
Unfortunately I read these comments too late and he scammed my family as well. We sold him a helmet on ebay, he harassed us that it wasn't authentic then insisted we pay a very high insurance fee to send it back to us, I didn't want to pay the mail insurance and refunded his money before getting the helmet back thinking ebay would never let him continue on the site if he didn't mail it.... big mistake they will continue to let him buy and sell and will not let me give him a negative rating. He has stolen a very valuable helmet (and came up with $14,000 so clearly his money troubles are a fabrication). If anyone can offer any advice on how we might be able to get it back i.e. would the authorities help us since he already has a criminal record?
 

Arran

Member
sassafras said:
Unfortunately I read these comments too late and he scammed my family as well. We sold him a helmet on ebay, he harassed us that it wasn't authentic then insisted we pay a very high insurance fee to send it back to us, I didn't want to pay the mail insurance and refunded his money before getting the helmet back thinking ebay would never let him continue on the site if he didn't mail it.... big mistake they will continue to let him buy and sell and will not let me give him a negative rating. He has stolen a very valuable helmet (and came up with $14,000 so clearly his money troubles are a fabrication). If anyone can offer any advice on how we might be able to get it back i.e. would the authorities help us since he already has a criminal record?

Report the helmet stolen with the appropriate postal authorities!
 

b.loree

Administrator
Staff member
Its a real shame that ebay does nothing and this creep continues to prey upon people. Could Ebay not be forced to act if presented with his list of convictions? He is obviously a career criminal.
 

HOSS

New member
Hello
Creep aside Johann may I suggest your being far to aggressive in your testing, judging from the pictured blue 'bling' your holding the light too close imo. or you have an industrial strength light! As we all know all that glows isn't fake.
A short while ago I sold a W1 shirt the only problem with it was a previous owner had it dry cleaned. I'll take it back anytime, no problem. Basically you want to see as in a darkened room reflected back the same colour even under uv light covered in a blue/purple hue.
New collectors can practice around the home as a quickie here are three prs of my jeans the one on the right has been worn and washed lol! two are brand new, note the tag even from six feet.

Cheers
Eric
 

newbe

New member
He is at it again,

Christopher Rattray,
21 Elgin Gardens,
Dundee.

British Artillery Helmet. Pickelhaube German French American?

https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/theblackhill/m.html?item=143404872094&hash=item216398b19e%3Ag%3A634AAOSwLZVdhQk4&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
 
Adding information to this blog thread a little late, but just to keep the community aware.

Christopher Rattray of 21 Elgin Gardens, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom trading as ‘theblackhill’ on eBay was at it again in 2020 fraudulently selling imitation/counterfeit helmets as real antique helmets on eBay.

I purchased a number of helmets purporting to be genuine 19th century imperial German helmets. When I received the helmets, I discovered them to be poor but clearly deliberate recent fakes/forgeries.

I contacted Mr Rattray to seek his response and was met with outrage, counter accusation, threats, etc. It was clear from the outset I was dealing with an unhinged and unscrupulous individual. He refused to take back the helmets or to provide a refund.

I reported the matter to eBay who, after a very lengthy and arduous process, eventually found in my favour and returned the considerable sum I had paid for the helmets. I requested eBay ban ‘theblackhill’ from being able to trade and prevent Christopher Rattray from re-opening an account, which they seem to have done. I imagine he will find a way to open new accounts, so recommend genuine members of the community to be aware.

I also reported the incident to Scotland Police, providing screenshots/evidence, but they essentially did nothing.

I have subsequently found Mr Rattray to be active on the Facebook page ‘Imperial German Headgear’. I reported Mr Rattray’s actions to the administrators of the page and provided evidence of his action, including reference to this blog thread on pickelhaubes.com. The administrators acted swiftly to remove his access to the page.

Mr Rattray has also used the following other names to establish eBay or other accounts in the past:

Pittmiddlewood
Elgin marbles
theblackhill

He also goes by:

Christopher
Chris
Christaidh

Based on my experience, I would recommend the following:

- If you are purchasing antique armour, helmets or headgear from anywhere near Dundee or Scotland, please be very careful in doing as much background research on the seller as possible.

- Do not transfer funds directly to the seller but use and intermediary that has Buyer protection, such as PayPal (goods and services).

- Keep evidence of every transaction, interaction, photo, etc. Consider videoing in one shot unboxing of any received parcels from initial opening through to entire inspection of the purchased articles.

In closing, I wish the genuine and honest collectors/sellers/traders in the community all the best in navigating what truely is a jungle out there.

Finally, should Mr Rattray be reading this post (and I would love it if he is), I wish you nothing less than the worst in life you arrogant, incompetent excuses for a forger. May your numerous dishonest dealings come back to haunt you in old age and deliver the crushing and ignominious end to your pitiful existence. You deserve nothing less.
 
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