U.S. military items are popular collectibles

The special day began after World War I and was known as “Day of the Great War”. ”

The war officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. The fighting had ended seven months earlier when an armistice between the allied nations and Germany entered into force at the 11th hour of the 11th day. of the 11th month (November 11, 1918). In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 Armistice Day.

The Armistice celebrations were marked by parades, meetings and, of course, a minute of silence. In 1954, the holiday was changed to honor veterans of all wars and its name changed to “Veterans Day”. In 1968, a bill was passed by Congress proclaiming that all national holidays would be celebrated on Mondays to make long statutory weekends. The public complained, and in 1978 Veterans Day was reverted to its original date of November 11.

Collector Information

Military collectibles are popular at antique malls, flea markets, and some yard sales and trade shows.

The term “military collectibles” covers military uniforms, medals, war posters, helmets and jackets. The value of these increases, according to the Ancient Trader and Kovel’s Price Guide, when associated with a specific battle or even someone who may have been influential during the war.

All old guns or boxes of ammunition should be checked by local police or experts and not stored in a hot place like the attic. Old guns can be dangerous to fire. Never try to sell guns, swords, or other dangerous items before checking the laws of your city and state.

WWII leather flight jackets, such as the US Army Air Force Type A-2 and US Navy G-1, were produced by many manufacturers to government specifications. Jackets quickly became the favorites of the men who wore them, and despite military rules prohibiting it, jackets were often personalized with different patches or designs painted on the sleeves. or return. These jackets are highly collectable today and collectors are willing to pay several hundred dollars for some, and thousands for those whose painted designs are still largely intact.

For more information, visit www.collectorsweekly.com/military-and-wartime/overview.

Local stores have items

Chris Rand Kujath, owner of the Old River Valley Antique Mall in Stewartville, said his shop offers jackets, shirts, blankets, pins, knives and gun cartridges.

Sarah Kieffer of Sarah’s Uniques & Jim’s “Tick Man” in St. Charles said the store had hats, uniforms, metals, patches, knives, bayonets and more. Original and rare military items can be expensive, and Kieffer said they try to have variety in the store at different prices.

New Generations of Harmony owner Joan Thilges said the store has a large section of used books and those related to the American Wars tended to sell for under $ 10.

Sandy Erdman is a Winona-based freelance writer and certified appraiser who focuses on vintage, antique and collectibles. Send your comments and story suggestions to Sandy at [email protected]

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