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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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Vintage WWI United States Ammo Pouch
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage WWI United States Ammo Pouch
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$305 Bids
WORLD WAR I IRON CROSS AWARD CERTIFICATE
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
WORLD WAR I IRON CROSS AWARD CERTIFICATE
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $30- $40
$605 Bids
WW1 89TH DIVISION HELMET DOUGHBOY
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MDT
WW1 89TH DIVISION HELMET DOUGHBOY
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$604 Bids
WORLD WAR II NEWSPAPERS (14)
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
WORLD WAR II NEWSPAPERS (14)
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $80- $100
$502 Bids
А WWI PRUSSIAN IMPERIAL SPIKED HELMET, M1905
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
А WWI PRUSSIAN IMPERIAL SPIKED HELMET, M1905
by Helios Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,300
$8502 Bids
RAYMOND POINCARE
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
RAYMOND POINCARE
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $80
$402 Bids
VERY INTERESTING GROUPING OF WWI US MILITARY
Nov 05, 10:00 AM EDT
VERY INTERESTING GROUPING OF WWI US MILITARY
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $900- $1,200
$4752 Bids
WW1 U.S. Soldier 100 Year Commemorative Gold Clad Coin
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
WW1 U.S. Soldier 100 Year Commemorative Gold Clad Coin
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
WWI 79TH DIVISION CAMO PAINTED NAMED BRODIE HELMET
Nov 10, 9:00 AM EST
WWI 79TH DIVISION CAMO PAINTED NAMED BRODIE HELMET
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $300
$501 Bid
WWI IMPERIAL GERMAN GRAND STAR IRON CROSS
Nov 10, 9:00 AM EST
WWI IMPERIAL GERMAN GRAND STAR IRON CROSS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $370- $500
$901 Bid
WWI GENERAL SURGERY KIT.
Nov 05, 10:00 AM EDT
WWI GENERAL SURGERY KIT.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $700- $1,100
$3501 Bid
Pair of French WWI brass trench art vases, embossed with lady playing harp to each (2)
Nov 07, 12:00 PM AEDT
Pair of French WWI brass trench art vases, embossed with lady playing harp to each (2)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD401 Bid
Pair of American WWI brass trench art vases, embossed with plant, marked to bae USA MGM 1681 (2)
Nov 07, 12:00 PM AEDT
Pair of American WWI brass trench art vases, embossed with plant, marked to bae USA MGM 1681 (2)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD401 Bid
Five WW1 medal groups in one frame
Nov 07, 12:00 PM AEDT
Five WW1 medal groups in one frame
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3201 Bid
Pair of French WWI brass trench art vases, embossed with flower "Somme & Reims" to ribbon (2)
Nov 07, 12:00 PM AEDT
Pair of French WWI brass trench art vases, embossed with flower "Somme & Reims" to ribbon (2)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD401 Bid
Pair of French WWI brass trench art vases (2)
Nov 07, 12:00 PM AEDT
Pair of French WWI brass trench art vases (2)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD401 Bid
A LOT OF FOUR GERMAN MAUSER BAYONETS KNIVES, WW1
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
A LOT OF FOUR GERMAN MAUSER BAYONETS KNIVES, WW1
by Helios Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$1001 Bid
A LOT OF TWO GERMAN M1898 WWI BAYONETS
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
A LOT OF TWO GERMAN M1898 WWI BAYONETS
by Helios Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$1001 Bid
A U.S. WWI M1917 TRENCH KNIFE DAGGER
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
A U.S. WWI M1917 TRENCH KNIFE DAGGER
by Helios Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
A GERMAN WWI ERSATZ BAYONET
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
A GERMAN WWI ERSATZ BAYONET
by Helios Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$701 Bid
WW1 SEMAPHORE SIGNAL FLAG
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
WW1 SEMAPHORE SIGNAL FLAG
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
WW1 US CAVALRY MCCLELLAN SADDLEBAGS
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MDT
WW1 US CAVALRY MCCLELLAN SADDLEBAGS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$101 Bid
WW1 FRANCE AEF TRENCH ART SHELL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MDT
WW1 FRANCE AEF TRENCH ART SHELL
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $75- $125
$101 Bid
A GERMAN WWI M1898 BAYONET SWORD
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
A GERMAN WWI M1898 BAYONET SWORD
by Helios Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell World War I Military Items


Davis Brothers Auction

Davis Brothers Auction

Helios Auctions

Helios Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

Alexander Historical Auctions LLC