Collecting military antiques can be very specific or quite broad. Collectors may wish to focus on a particular era, a specific country, item or category such as helmets, firearms, bayonets, uniforms, etc. Though often more difficult to authenticate and value, some collectors focus on personal items of those who have served in the military.
Categories for Military Antiques
Listed here are a few of the categories individuals may wish to focus on when considering a military antique collection.
1) Aviation Items: A collection of aviation items can include headgear, goggles jackets, gauges, wings or any of the aviation patches that have been issued throughout military history.
2) Battlefield Relics: A number of items continue to surface on the market which have been excavated from battlefields throughout the United States and the world. Their value will be affected by a number of areas including condition and rarity.
3) WWII Items: A number of sub-categories can fall under the WWII category. Collectors may wish to purchase specific items such as daggers, patches, insignia, dog tags, flags, helmets, trench art or a number of other items. A collector may decide to collect a particular item, or items from a particular country or era. The possibilities are endless.
4) Homefront Memorabilia: Possibly one of the least thought of categories to collect is Homefront Memorabilia. Lives at home were greatly altered in an effort to win the war (WWII). Ration books, letter openers and incentive trinkets are among common the collectible items along with shams, pennants and souvenirs sent home by the soldiers.
5) Medals and Insignia: Medals and insignia are both often sought after by collectors of military memorabilia. Again, a particular era, branch or country may be focused on within the collection as the general category is quite broad.
6) Military Vehicles: For collectors with deeper pockets and/or mechanical know-how, military vehicles, motorcycles and tanks are available on the market and can make quite an impressive collection.
A collection of military antiques can be vague or specific. A number of categories are available each offering a collector various opportunities and price ranges. Above all, when collecting military antiques, purchase from a reputable source so you know your item is authentic and be sure to take proper care of the items in your collection to ensure maximum increase in value.