I know the person that bought the tunic you mention. Unfortunately, there was no provenance with it, other than it belonged to a veteran who jumped at the Rhine Crossing, the same story that he's giving on the pieces that are currently for sale, although he does note that he was wounded badly at the Rhine. The seller gave a story about getting the tunic from the son of the veteran, but would not disclose the name of the vet to the buyer. The tunic is absolutely right though, no question about it.
And now he's posted these items stating that there is a link to Nova Scotia, which actually turned out to be a good thing for the guy that bought the BD. The Nova Scotia link got me to thinking, as I travel there every year and know or knew most of the 1CPB vets in the province. I went to visit a NS veteran about 5 years ago and he still had his tunic and a few other things, mostly paperwork. I interviewed him for my book and when I was done, I photographed his BD for reference. The next year that I went down, I spoke with him again and he told me that he gave his BD to some guy at the local shopping mall. I'm not sure if there was an antique show or if perhaps there might have been a display for Remembrance Day. Either way, he met some guy at the show who expressed an interest in his tunic so he gave it away.
When the seller put up these items and mentioned that it was from a veteran in Nova Scotia, it reminded me of the tunic that I had handled a few years before. So I dug out a photo and sure enough, it's the tunic that was sold on ebay a few months ago. I'm 100% certain of it as there are some distinctive characteristics to the badges and how they are sewn on. So now the veteran has been identified to the tunic, which I think is great.
As to the story of the seller, it's not true at all. The veteran that owned this tunic was involved in the Rhine crossing, but he was a member of the Transport Section, Headquarters Company. He was not badly wounded; in fact, he was not wounded at all. He did cross the Rhine, but it was in his Jeep via a bridge. The tunic didn't come from his son either. As wtih anything that's on ebay, don't pay more for something based on an undocumented story.
In my opinion, the cloth shoulder flash is exactly what the seller has stated, a fantasy piece. At no point did the Battalion ever wear any insignia with the designation "1st", they were always 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion. Also the colours are not correct for the Battalion, they should be dark green, maroon and white.
The cap badge is simply an Association piece for veterans who did't have an original or didn't want to wear an original for association functions.