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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 German Lithophane Regimental Lidded Stein
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
WWI German Lithophane Regimental Lidded Stein
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $300
$804 Bids
WWI German 1915 Pickelhaube Helmet
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
WWI German 1915 Pickelhaube Helmet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$3253 Bids
WWI GERMAN HATE BELT BRITISH FRENCH US BADGE
Mar 15, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI GERMAN HATE BELT BRITISH FRENCH US BADGE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $300
$702 Bids
WWI WW1 German M16 Army Helmet
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
WWI WW1 German M16 Army Helmet
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $400- $600
$152 Bids
WW1 WWI Original US Marine Corps Collar Discs
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
WW1 WWI Original US Marine Corps Collar Discs
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$152 Bids
90 Fotos und AK 1. Weltkrieg - 90 military photos and postcards World War I
Mar 02, 9:30 AM CET
90 Fotos und AK 1. Weltkrieg - 90 military photos and postcards World War I
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
WWI GERMAN M16 COMBAT HELMET W PARTIAL ORIG LINER
Mar 06, 9:00 AM EST
WWI GERMAN M16 COMBAT HELMET W PARTIAL ORIG LINER
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $300
$501 Bid
WW1 WWI French Fundraising Medal For War Orphans
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
WW1 WWI French Fundraising Medal For War Orphans
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
WWI WW1 US Cavalry Bridle Rosettes
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
WWI WW1 US Cavalry Bridle Rosettes
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
Germany 1916 World War I Bronze Matte Finish Medal (29mm, Zetzman-2148)
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
Germany 1916 World War I Bronze Matte Finish Medal (29mm, Zetzman-2148)
by Mitchell Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Set of 4 Engraved WWI Trench Art Vases
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
Set of 4 Engraved WWI Trench Art Vases
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
WW1 Eagles Horse Bridle Rosette
Mar 23, 7:00 AM PDT
WW1 Eagles Horse Bridle Rosette
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
WWI type Ingersoll wrist watch with leather band
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI type Ingersoll wrist watch with leather band
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$501 Bid
M1917 U.S. BRODIE HELMET
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
M1917 U.S. BRODIE HELMET
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $70- $150
$301 Bid
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN IN SCHWARZ, 1.WK
Mar 01, 11:00 AM CET
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN IN SCHWARZ, 1.WK
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€51 Bid
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WORLD WAR I GERMAN PICKELHAUBE HELMET Length 10".
Mar 07, 9:30 AM EST
WORLD WAR I GERMAN PICKELHAUBE HELMET Length 10".
by Eldred's
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
WWI WW1 Trench Art Shell Casing Bathing Beauty
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
WWI WW1 Trench Art Shell Casing Bathing Beauty
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $75- $125
$101 Bid
WWI WW1 German Helmet Brow Plate
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
WWI WW1 German Helmet Brow Plate
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$101 Bid
Original US WWI "Uphold Our Honor", c. 1917 Recruitment Lithograph Poster Framed
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
Original US WWI "Uphold Our Honor", c. 1917 Recruitment Lithograph Poster Framed
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
WWI WW1 Childs Marine Corps Uniform Costume
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
WWI WW1 Childs Marine Corps Uniform Costume
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell World War I Military Items


Davis Brothers Auction

Davis Brothers Auction

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC