I'm the guy who replied that I felt the parka was not genuine. My comments were posted before my request to join the forum was approved. I base my opinion on two primary sources of information on camouflage. One is Daniel Peterson's "Waffen SS Camouflage Uniforms & Post-War Derivatives" and J.F. Borsarello's "Camouflage Uniforms of European and NATO Armies 1945 to the Present".
I want to say that I have not handled the parka in question. This is obvious. So, my observations are based solely on the scans which were posted, of which only the one remains. To this, I compared to the original leibermuster photographs seen in these two books, of which the authors claim are genuine. In all cases, the pattern does not match that shown in the parka.
According to Peterson ( who says that he has a leibermuster wintertarnanzug in the smooth drill and that another exists in France ), the main source for information ( at the time of the writing, 1995 ) on the leibermuster pattern comes from a July 20, 1945 report by U.S. Army Quartermaster Francis S. Richardson. In the report, Richardson states that the material was time consuming to produce to the dyes, was developed by Professor Schick, and was intended for wintertarnanzug and zeltbahnen. Included with his report was a swatch of the cloth, made from smooth drill. There is no mention in his report of the camo being made of HBT. Peterson believes that the HBT leibermuster originated in Eastern Europe and some are modern fakes. He also says that he feels they could be immediate post-war Czech issue ( which continued to produce a varient of the leibermuster into 1950 ). Peterson does say that those items made from leibermuster are often faded, in some cases, heavily, and quite worn, and were likely produced after the war for general clothing from stocks of the cloth. His book shows a M44-style tunic, heavily faded, made of HBT leibermuster with the RB stampings on the inside, bottom of the front left panel. You can see a scan of this camo at the following URL:
Borsarello has a genuine German leibermuster uniform in his collection. According to him, the markings are RZ N 60/0135/5043. To see it, go here:
Now, post-war, the Belgians developed a camouflage uniform which was a near identical copy of the German leibermuster in 1955. Manufactured by the Belgian firm ABL, the uniform was apparently not used by the Belgians and instead, stocks of the uniform were sold to Germany and used for a brief time by the Bundeswehr. The camo was also used for zeltbahn. Perhaps due to the relation to the SS, the Bundeswehr dropped the pattern within a year, replacing it in 1956 with a Heer-inspired splinter pattern.
You can see two views of the Belgian leibermuster here:
Now, if you examine the photographs ( I scanned them as best as possible to maintain a reasonable file size ), you will notice that you do not see any "free floating" white colors. Instead, in the German pattern, the white comes from the green color plate slipping, causing the print to not mark the material.
The Swiss, in 1955, also adopted the leibermuster pattern and used it into 1995. Unlike the German pattern, the white markings were instead "free floating" and not created by allowing the plate to slip. Examples of the Swiss pattern, can be seen here:
( the first Swiss issue, based on the Bundeswehr uniform )
( swatch of a later print )
( Swiss pattern used for tents )
( Swiss light summer uniform pattern used from 1978 to 1980 )
So, a number of varients exist of the Swiss leibermuster. But in all cases, they have the trait of having the white colorations independent of the green hue.
From this, I based my comments about the parka. One thing I noticed about the parka was the absence of the storm flap and that the buttons were smooth and not pebbled. Also, the relative "newness" of the item in terms of appearence. And again, the pattern does not match the original German leibermuster which the above two authors have in their collections.
This is _not_ to say the item is not legitimate. But in a collecting world where German camouflage, especially something as rare as leibermuster, a faker could well invest alot of time into replicating a parka because the return on the time and money in terms of sale price would make it worth the effort. And because he would not have access to genuine material in the quantity needed to make a parka, a substitute would have to be had. A HBT leibermuster cap appeared on eBay a year or two ago and sold for over $1,500. I wager it was made post-war from the material. The fact the seller seemed to have added a SS skull on it didn't endear it to me as being wartime issue.
Regardless, a photograph of the camo in use by the SS or Heer would be the ideal means to see what the pattern was like. I think we all know the SS had all manner of camo patterns and this parka may very well be a varient of the leibermuster design and if this is so, it adds a new chapter to the history of German wartime camouflage.