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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 Trench Club
Apr 14, 6:00 PM EDT
WWI German Trench Club
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$24018 Bids
Original German WWI Pickelhaube
Apr 14, 6:00 PM EDT
Original German WWI Pickelhaube
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$60016 Bids
WWI GERMAN PRUSSIAN 1915 PICKELHAUBE SPIKED HELMET
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI GERMAN PRUSSIAN 1915 PICKELHAUBE SPIKED HELMET
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $250
$806 Bids
WWI IMPERIAL GERMAN M18 HELMET
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI IMPERIAL GERMAN M18 HELMET
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $350
$1004 Bids
WWI GERMAN ARMY AND UBOAT MEDAL LOT OF 10
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI GERMAN ARMY AND UBOAT MEDAL LOT OF 10
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $250
$904 Bids
Nice WWI Era Dress Blue USMC Visor Cap
Apr 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Nice WWI Era Dress Blue USMC Visor Cap
by Karlan's Arms & Antiques
Est: $0- $0
$1754 Bids
RIBBON BAR OF A VETERAN OF 1ST WW WITH 8 ORDERS AND MEDALS MINIATURES
Apr 20, 9:30 AM CEST
RIBBON BAR OF A VETERAN OF 1ST WW WITH 8 ORDERS AND MEDALS MINIATURES
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €250- €500
€703 Bids
WWI IMPERIAL GERMAN POUR LE MERITE BLUE MAX
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI IMPERIAL GERMAN POUR LE MERITE BLUE MAX
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $500- $700
$1603 Bids
WWI PRUSSIAN LOBSTER TAIL PICKELHAUBE HELMET
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI PRUSSIAN LOBSTER TAIL PICKELHAUBE HELMET
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $400
$903 Bids
WWI Stabilis Trench Watch Elgin Case
Apr 14, 3:00 PM MST
WWI Stabilis Trench Watch Elgin Case
by Ace Of Estates
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Nice WWI Era USMC Dress Blue Visor Cap
Apr 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Nice WWI Era USMC Dress Blue Visor Cap
by Karlan's Arms & Antiques
Est: $0- $0
$1253 Bids
WWI PILOT BADGE
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
WWI PILOT BADGE
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €1,500- €3,000
€202 Bids
1915-A German Silver 1/2 Mark. WWI Era
Apr 23, 5:00 PM EDT
1915-A German Silver 1/2 Mark. WWI Era
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$22 Bids
Original Vintage French c. 1919/20 World War I Poster
Apr 20, 10:00 AM PDT
Original Vintage French c. 1919/20 World War I Poster
by PosterConnection Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$2252 Bids
Antique Wilhelm II Bronze Plaque w Sotheby's Tag
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Wilhelm II Bronze Plaque w Sotheby's Tag
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$2252 Bids
3 WWI GERMAN FLAGS.
Apr 15, 10:00 AM EDT
3 WWI GERMAN FLAGS.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $700- $1,100
$3752 Bids
WWI PRUSSIAN INFANTRY ERSATZ FELT HELMET
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
WWI PRUSSIAN INFANTRY ERSATZ FELT HELMET
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$402 Bids

Sellers Who Sell World War I Military Items


Milestone Auctions

Milestone Auctions

Karlan's Arms & Antiques

Karlan's Arms & Antiques

Davidson Auctions

Davidson Auctions

PosterConnection Inc.

PosterConnection Inc.