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  • How do I start collecting in WW1 memorabilia?

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm a new collector and am wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction to start collecting?

    It would be great to know the resources I should be checking, the key people who do valuation, and what to look for in legit items.

    Would anyone be able to help?

    Thanks.

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    I'm a new collector and am wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction to start collecting?
    The idea of "direction" is a good one in terms of a collection. To the point, I suggest you specialize in something specific with set parameters. Something like bayonets, or helmets/headgear of a specific country or even field gear to kit out a mannequin. A collection can be worth more than the sum of the individual pieces if it is comprehensive; such as British Infantry rifles from a set period of time with every model represented (with all accoutrements included on each representative piece).

    The popular WWI pieces are usually aviation related, medals, German pickelhauber (leather spiked helmets), steins, rifles, uniforms and field gear.

    It would be great to know the resources I should be checking, the key people who do valuation, and what to look for in legit items.
    Try a google search of whatever it is you're interested in, then try abebooks.com or even amazon for a basic collectors guide (many more online). Watch Ebay closely because when something actually sells you get a sense of market price.

    I highly recommend paying a little extra for condition, it makes all the difference in long term value and resale (all collectors sell eventually, you will too even if you cant imagine it now).

    Here's a few links to get started:
    http://www.snyderstreasures.com/pages/militaria.htm
    http://www.greatwar.com/Scripts/default.asp
    www.warrelics.com

    Snyders is usually a little pricey, but a good guide nonetheless and doesn't sell fakes.
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    "Not everyone who studies logistics is a professional logistician, and there is no way to understand when you don't know what you don't know."
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    • #3
      Fantastic,

      Appreciate the help - will take a look at the links you've mentioned.

      Do you know of any of the major events/festivals that take place? I'm in the UK now during 2013 and would love to get out to a few of the collectors shows.

      Thanks.

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      • #4
        I recommend you check out the "Great War Forum". There are scads of experts there, and sub-forums dedicated to bits of kit, and experts who collect bits of kit, all of whom will advise you on what to get or not, and can point you in the direction of where to get further info.

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        • #5
          A good start would be if you happen across a Paris Gun. Definitely pick it up if you get a chance, it would be an excellent collection starter. By the way, they look like this:
          http://www.militaryimages.net/photop...php/photo/4080
          O Lord, bless this thy hand grenade, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy. And the Lord did grin. And the people did feast upon the lambs, sloths, carp, anchovies, orangutans, breakfast cereals, fruit bats

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          • #6
            I buy gear from Dr Richmond Dutton, I'd recommend him to anyone http://www.thinreadline.co.uk/
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            • #7
              You can learn and purchase photos at http://distory.com/photos/list

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              • #8
                I have collected a few helmets and swords and whatnot on E-bay. The first picture is me in an ill fitting Pickelhaube. The second picture is of my friend Sergio in an Adrian helmet that fits nicely on him because he has a smaller hat size.
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