yes, grant last
I didn't say in my post that those are not U-Tips. I was addressing Mr. Chorizo's comment that the V-Tips are made using a machine stitching technique using separate pieces of leather, as seen in the photo you posted above. The gentleman that I quoted and addressed in my response seemed to be asking if these were a NST without the middle seam. I also didn't say that Alden calls them "HSA." I was simply stating that they are hand-sewn aprons, which seems to disqualify them from being V-Tips based on previously cited examples. I don't know what Alden calls them, and if Leather Soul calls them U-Tips then I wouldn't see any reason to argue with it. It is a u-shaped apron after all.
Took your advice and posted the black PTBs on the SF classifieds. Thanks for the tip, Papa. Next time I will learn. Meanwhile, someone will profit from the errors of my ways...