I would like to warn fellow collectors that I believe there is definitely one and possibly two scams regarding the sale of rare cuffs.
I personally have just lost many thousands of £000s in one transaction. I was offered the following cuffs pictured below which surprise surprise have not materialised. I was approached by the seller who claimed to be aquatinted with and individual from whom I have already purchased a pair of cuffs from approximately four years ago. The seller is based in Nigeria (Yes it did ring alarm bells) however things seemed to check out and the reference to a pervious purchase convinced me that it was feasible.
Obviously Ive taken advice on the matter and dont want to give names at this point but if any one is offered this collection or any item in it, then BEWARE. Even if the seller is not from Nigeria Id be very cautious. I would be interested in hearing from any one that has been or is approached.
The second (potential) scam is from a person from Scotland offering the Broome and Wood bar cuff which sold on eBay for $6766 on the 26th May 2011. The seller is currently advertising the cuffs on line for £1800. They are using the exact pictures which were used on the original eBay sale. I doubt the original purchaser of them came from Scotland. Can anyone confirm this?
The following picture is taken form a for sale listing which is currently active. It is one of the pictures used on eBay in 2011.
Having already lost a huge amount I'm not risking a penny on these. I asked the seller to supply a picture of the cuffs taken at a particular angle and they have been unable to do so. If this one is genuine then I'll apologise to the seller but It doesn't seem right.