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Spanish-American War

While often overshadowed by World Wars I and II, the Spanish American War is extremely important in terms of how it altered political boundaries. As such, there is a wide variety of collectible items from the early 20th century conflict, including valuable photographs from the war itself.

The Spanish American war was fought during a time when weapons and war was changing. The cavalry was slowly being eliminated, and the repeating rifle was the standard. The Spanish Mauser faced the Krag Jorgensen repeating rifle in battle, both models now popular antiques that give an excellent idea of how soldiers on both sides fought. Both sides also have distinguished clothing items that were created during a time of transition from decorative to pragmatic uniforms.


Quick Facts

  • Although the Gatling gun was in service during the Spanish American War, only four were used in combat during the fighting
  • The famed call to action, “To hell with Spain, remember the Maine,” was based on the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine, however there is no evidence the ship sank because of Spain
  • A variety of different uniforms were used in the war, due to the military mainly being composed of militias and volunteers, who had to bring their own uniforms

Recommended Items at Auction

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African American History, Black Americana, Buffalo Soldiers
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
African American History, Black Americana, Buffalo Soldiers
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Est: $30- $60
$201 Bid
2 US MILITARY SADDLE BAGS & 1 SPANISH AMERICAN
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
2 US MILITARY SADDLE BAGS & 1 SPANISH AMERICAN
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
4 INDIAN WAR/SPANISH AMERICAN WAR CANTEENS.
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
4 INDIAN WAR/SPANISH AMERICAN WAR CANTEENS.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $500- $700
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American association of teachers of Spanish medal
Oct 29, 11:30 PM EDT
American association of teachers of Spanish medal
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $100- $125
$750 Bids
Hardcover Book: Record of Pennsylvania Volunteers
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Hardcover Book: Record of Pennsylvania Volunteers
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
African American History, Black Americana, Buffalo Soldiers
Dec 04, 2:00 PM EST
African American History, Black Americana, Buffalo Soldiers
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Est: $30- $60
$200 Bids
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR 4TH INFANTRY CANTEEN
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MDT
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR 4TH INFANTRY CANTEEN
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$100 Bids
JESSIE RAY DEWITT (American 20th Century) A PAINTING, "Spanish Mission in a Valley,"
Nov 13, 9:00 AM CST
JESSIE RAY DEWITT (American 20th Century) A PAINTING, "Spanish Mission in a Valley,"
by Houston Auction Company
Est: $600- $1,000
$3000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Spanish-American War


Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online

Houston Auction Company

Houston Auction Company