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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

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Carl Zeiss VII 1917 German WWI 10 x 50 Binoculars
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Carl Zeiss VII 1917 German WWI 10 x 50 Binoculars
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1505 Bids
USMC MILITARIA GROUPING WWI TO THE VIETNAM ERA.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
USMC MILITARIA GROUPING WWI TO THE VIETNAM ERA.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$7503 Bids
World War I French Bayonet. Total length 36cm
Dec 08, 7:00 PM AEDT
World War I French Bayonet. Total length 36cm
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD453 Bids
Vintage 1940's Lot of 25 French WWI Military Painted Lead Soldiers w/ Box
Dec 12, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage 1940's Lot of 25 French WWI Military Painted Lead Soldiers w/ Box
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
3 WWI PERIOD US M1917 HELMETS WITH PERSONALIZED
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
3 WWI PERIOD US M1917 HELMETS WITH PERSONALIZED
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$6002 Bids
WWI US LF&C 1918 TRENCH KNIFE SCABBARD
Dec 07, 9:00 AM EST
WWI US LF&C 1918 TRENCH KNIFE SCABBARD
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $60- $100
$302 Bids
Kinderuniform Obersignalmaat Kleiner Kreuzer Emden - Children's uniform signal mate light cruiser Emden
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Kinderuniform Obersignalmaat Kleiner Kreuzer Emden - Children's uniform signal mate light cruiser Emden
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€1002 Bids
6 WWI HELMETS OF THE AXIS POWERS.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
6 WWI HELMETS OF THE AXIS POWERS.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4252 Bids
WWI GERMAN MEDALS, TINNIES & RELATED ITEMS.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
WWI GERMAN MEDALS, TINNIES & RELATED ITEMS.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,400
$4002 Bids
WWI GERMAN MEDALS & BADGES.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
WWI GERMAN MEDALS & BADGES.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $700- $1,100
$3752 Bids
80 AK 1. Weltkrieg - 80 postcards World War I
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
80 AK 1. Weltkrieg - 80 postcards World War I
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
4 BRITISH KINGS GUARD CANADIAN GRENADIER & SHIELD
Dec 07, 9:00 AM EST
4 BRITISH KINGS GUARD CANADIAN GRENADIER & SHIELD
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $50- $150
$101 Bid
5 Medaillen Österreich und Deutschland - 5 German and Austrian medals World War I
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
5 Medaillen Österreich und Deutschland - 5 German and Austrian medals World War I
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
Patriotische Schatulle - Patriotic casket World War I
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Patriotische Schatulle - Patriotic casket World War I
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
GERMAN SERVICE HONOR CERTIFICATE
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
GERMAN SERVICE HONOR CERTIFICATE
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $140- $200
$801 Bid
Outstanding I'D WWI U.S. Navy Airmans Uniform. This Ensign rank uniform belonged to Jason
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
Outstanding I'D WWI U.S. Navy Airmans Uniform. This Ensign rank uniform belonged to Jason
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5001 Bid
AUSTRIA-HUNGARY MILITARY MERIT CROSS THIRD CLASS
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
AUSTRIA-HUNGARY MILITARY MERIT CROSS THIRD CLASS
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
WWI German Gewehr 98 Bolt-action Rifle
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
WWI German Gewehr 98 Bolt-action Rifle
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
WWI US ARMY REMINGTON M1907 SWORD BAYONET
Dec 07, 9:00 AM EST
WWI US ARMY REMINGTON M1907 SWORD BAYONET
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$301 Bid
WORLD WAR I KING LUDWIG III CROSS
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
WORLD WAR I KING LUDWIG III CROSS
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $80
$301 Bid
WWI GERMAN & AUSTRIAN MEDALS, BADGES, PINS & MORE.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
WWI GERMAN & AUSTRIAN MEDALS, BADGES, PINS & MORE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
WWI IMPERIAL GERMAN POUR LE MERITE ORDER BLUE MAX
Dec 07, 9:00 AM EST
WWI IMPERIAL GERMAN POUR LE MERITE ORDER BLUE MAX
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $400- $800
$1001 Bid
9 Wandbilder und 4 Fotos 1. Weltkrieg
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
9 Wandbilder und 4 Fotos 1. Weltkrieg
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€351 Bid
Antique USA WWI War Savings Stamps Poster
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Antique USA WWI War Savings Stamps Poster
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid

Sellers Who Sell World War I Military Items


Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions