This fake patch was sold by hotminicooper on eBay. I messaged the seller and informed them that it was a fake. His reply was that it had come with the other Rhodesian items from Zimbabwe. The other items were genuine but this patch is definitely a fake and you only have it on the sellers word that that’s where the items came from. My reply to the seller was “That makes it a fake out of Zimbabwe then. German WWII militaria comes out of Germany and a substantial amount is fake. More fake South African militaria is produced in South Africa than any other country.” The sellers reply was “If you say so Peter.”
Yet the seller has ignored my advice and sold the patch as A 100% original UDI issue which makes the listing completely wrong and deceitful.
The following photos show the difference between a common fake PJI printed brevet and a genuine PJI printed brevet. The fake PJI brevet I bought from eBay seller tels-insignia to illustrate this difference. He had the brevet listed as a copy and I commend him on his honesty.
The problems with the fake PJI brevet are:
The problems with he fake PJI brevet are:
I received this reply back from the seller: A: Captain Hogspear points out that you may be unaware of the fact that British Army personnel served on attachment to the Rhodesian Security Forces in the '70s. This is indicated by the flash worn on the sleeve of the jungle shirt - designed in fact by the retired officer that this kit was bought from. I hope this helps. All good wishes to rhodesianmilitaria. Jenny. Hogspear.com
Updated 24 December 2011
This patch is very scarce and has been faked (copied) for years.
You will see significant differences between the detail, type of material used and the colours.
25 August 2011
“In April 1960, 3 Air Supply Platoon was formed.
June 1960 No. 3 Squadron received the initial award of the Jacklin Trophy.
July 1960 saw the RRAF engaged in the Congo crisis.”
Then the seller states: “Being told, this is all I know about it.”
However the above information written exactly like it is written here and on his eBay listing has come from the Rhodesian Forces web site here under the year 1960: A Brief History: The Rhodesian Air Force Plain and simple Plagiarism by the seller and this information has absolutely no relevance to helicopters which weren’t even in Rhodesia at this time.
16 September 2011
18 September 2011
While I normally don’t comment on what price an item is listed for I will make an exception for a copy that is being listed as genuine and at a ridiculous price.
19 July 2011
British Army Uniform being sold as a Rhodesian Infantry Combat Kit
30 October 2011
16 November 2011
This item was listed and sold on eBay on 12 November 2011 by eBay seller rivilous. While the jacket, para wing, collar badges, lanyard and shoulder patches are genuine, I have some serious concerns about the overall item.
This jacket was advertised as a ‘Genuine Original Rhodesian Selous Scout Dress Jacket.’ The description stated:
This rare jacket belonged to W02 Peter Ivan McNeilage former Rhodesian Light Infantry and Selous Scout, who was awarded the Bronze Cross of Rhodesia. Regimental Number 724155, and Selous Scout wing number 0042.
When he was awarded the Bronze Cross of Rhodesia he was a Sergeant in the Rhodesian Light Infantry. When he left the Selous Scouts he was a Warrent Officer 2nd Class as you can see by the badge on the right sleeve. This jacket has the original holes for the para wings, however the wings in the photo are unnumbered display wings, the lapel badges are genuine, as is his red sash and red lanyard included in the auction. There is stitching/small holes where the bronze cross was mounted, it doesn't look like he ever wore his Rhodesia Medal. His dress tie is also part of the auction which is in the pocket. If you don't want the wings let me know and I'll remove them before posting. His family still have his wings and his Bronze Cross. The jacket is not new, it is used which is evident when you see the lining inside, which has signs of wear and some holes. Over all its in really good condition.
Its been in my collection for many years and has been stored in a dry cupboard in a suit bag so very well looked after.
So after those worrying points the main question is: “Did the ‘Greens’ jacket belong to Peter McNeilage SCR?”
My answer is I don’t know. It’s quite possible it’s one of these two things:
This jacket sold for £366 (US$578) which is a lot of money for an item that has no provenance, a lot of faults and leaves a number of key questions unanswered.
18 November 2011
There were no SAS badges with sliders ever worn by the RhSAS...EVER!
Reuteler Manufacturing also never made any RhSAS badges with sliders.
These are British SAS badges NOT Rhodesian.
The seller has been informed through eBay but hasn’t replied and hasn’t shown what I have said on their listing.
22 November 2011
Item number: 250933544879 - This item is listed on eBay by army3757 and the description reads:
*Spelling mistakes are the sellers
I asked the seller if I could see reverse photos of the Selous Scouts stable belt buckle and the beret badge. His reply was that the information was already on the listing. I then explained to him that it didn’t matter what was on the listing, most Rhodesian fakes had stampings on them anyway. The seller then did the right thing and uploaded the photos of the reverse of the buckle and the beret badge to his eBay listing.
Unfortunately for him the beret badge is a poorly made fake. I have informed the seller of this fact and I have sent him a link to this site. The seller for whatever reason has not responded to that and hasn’t changed his description to say that the beret badge is a fake which is a shame. There is no evidence that the beret was worn by a Selous Scout.
I’m also concerned that No returns were accepted.
These items sold on the 23 November 2011 for £162 ($259.59). Even though the seller received a fake beret badge and a beret quite possibly not a Selous Scout one, he/she did get a genuine Selous Scout stable belt which on the open market would fetch the $259 they paid for it.
This was the only photo that was originally listed.
The stable belt buckle is genuine and correctly stamped REUTELER MFG SALISBURY. This was the 2nd issue as the 1st issue wasn’t stamped.
I would like to add that the Selous Scouts stable belt buckles have been faked including being stamped.
This photo clearly shows the poor construction of the badge, not made from anodised aluminium and the very bad attempt of the stamping. A very bad fake.