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World War I Military Items

The First World War, also known as the Great War, was the largest conflict in the world to date. This period of warfare involved armies, navies, and early iterations of air forces clashing against each other across Europe. With so many countries involved in this brutal war, we see numerous items available to collectors and historians including uniforms, medals, boots, and even weapons from World War I.

World War One saw the end of cavalry and the rise of the machine gun, modern artillery, and even chemical weapons. Soldiers used early examples of military gas masks and modern metal helmets and air forces were developed and left behind militarized aircraft, pilot’s goggles, helmets and jackets for collectors. Contrastingly, swords were still widely issued in some armies. One of the most interesting and unique collectibles is art from the trenches.


Quick Facts

  • The trench warfare necessitated close quarters combat, for which rifles at the time were poorly suited, so soldiers designed a variety of knives, clubs, and other weapons
  • The British small box respirator gas mask was used in the Battle of Somme, and saved thousands of soldiers from massive gas attacks
  • The Pedersen device made it possible for Americans to convert their bolt action rifles into fully automatic trench sweepers

Recommended Items at Auction

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WWI Painted Map Helmet
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI Painted Map Helmet
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$3758 Bids
WWI The F. Millard U.S.N. Brass Bugle
Oct 07, 8:00 PM EDT
WWI The F. Millard U.S.N. Brass Bugle
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$165 Bids
Two German WWI 1914-1918 Medals and Bar
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Two German WWI 1914-1918 Medals and Bar
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$604 Bids
WWI US AVIATOR PILOT WING BY TIFFANY AND CO
Oct 20, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI US AVIATOR PILOT WING BY TIFFANY AND CO
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $50- $100
$904 Bids
WWI Relic Dug Broomhandle Mauser Pistol
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI Relic Dug Broomhandle Mauser Pistol
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1754 Bids
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WWI YMCA POSTER "HELP US HELP OUR BOYS"
Oct 09, 9:00 AM MST
WWI YMCA POSTER "HELP US HELP OUR BOYS"
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$553 Bids
German WWI 1914 Iron Cross Medal
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
German WWI 1914 Iron Cross Medal
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$403 Bids
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*GERMAN MODEL 98 RIFLE WWI-Era Length of barrel 25”. Total length 43”.
Oct 06, 9:30 AM EDT
*GERMAN MODEL 98 RIFLE WWI-Era Length of barrel 25”. Total length 43”.
by Eldred's
Est: $300- $400
$2753 Bids
(50+) Worldwide Covers, WWI German Covers
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
(50+) Worldwide Covers, WWI German Covers
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
TWO WWI AERO PURSUIT & SQUADRON LAPEL BADGES
Oct 20, 9:00 AM EDT
TWO WWI AERO PURSUIT & SQUADRON LAPEL BADGES
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $50- $100
$503 Bids
WWI Red Cross Report Book, Nurse Volunteer Caps
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
WWI Red Cross Report Book, Nurse Volunteer Caps
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
PR OF SWORD HANDLE CANDLEHOLDERS
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
PR OF SWORD HANDLE CANDLEHOLDERS
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1252 Bids
WWI US AERO AEF BALLOON AVIATOR PILOT WING
Oct 20, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI US AERO AEF BALLOON AVIATOR PILOT WING
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $50- $100
$502 Bids
WWI German Booklet 1915-1916 Grenadier
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI German Booklet 1915-1916 Grenadier
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
German WWI 1914-1918 Medal
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
German WWI 1914-1918 Medal
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
German WWI or WWII Silver Medal
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
German WWI or WWII Silver Medal
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
WWI COMMEMORATIVE LEATHER BELT WITH BADGES, BUTTONS AND BUCKLES
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
WWI COMMEMORATIVE LEATHER BELT WITH BADGES, BUTTONS AND BUCKLES
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
WWI US Dough Boy Military Helmet marked ZD179
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI US Dough Boy Military Helmet marked ZD179
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Gibson Army & Navy Special Mandolin, WWI era
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Gibson Army & Navy Special Mandolin, WWI era
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $400- $500
$2001 Bid
CHILD-MADE US WWI POSTER DESIGN CALLING FOR AVIATORS
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
CHILD-MADE US WWI POSTER DESIGN CALLING FOR AVIATORS
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
A RUSSIAN WW1 COSSACK PAPAKHA HAT
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
A RUSSIAN WW1 COSSACK PAPAKHA HAT
by Helios Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
(5) RARE WWI AVIATOR BADGES
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
(5) RARE WWI AVIATOR BADGES
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell World War I Military Items


Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Helios Auctions

Helios Auctions

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries