World War I Collectibles
World War I or the First World War, often abbreviated as WWI or WW1, was a global war started in Europe in 1914 and lasted to 11 November 1918. Also known as the Great War, the World War, and "the war to end all wars. It involved over 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history and one of the deadliest conflicts.
WWI Militaria collecting offers a wide variety of object to collect, from Spiked German Helmets (Pickelhaube), painted American Doughboy helmets, uniforms, patches, and trench art.
It is important to well educated on the authenticity of these items, as many of them are reproduced. It is helpful to talk with other knowledgeable collectors in the fields, join clubs and online forums. You can also attend in person military collector shows that are held around the world.
What types of collectible WWI items are there?
Common categories of military collectibles include Headgear (helmets, caps, hats), Edge weapons (daggers, swords, knives), Awards (medals and badges) wings, patches, flags, banners, photographs, pins, uniforms, field gear, vehicles, and postcards.
How do you care for WWI military collectibles?
As with all collectibles, it is best to store or display them in climate-controlled areas and keep them out of direct sunlight. Sunlight can fade colors and dry out old leather. Whenever possible it is best to leave items in the same condition as found. Avoid polishing or cleaning medal, as the patina that has developed over the years adds to the value of the items.
It is also important to protect wool items from moths and other insects.