Helping answer the question of: "What's Dad's/Grandpa's old army stuff worth?"
Warman's World War II Collectibles, 3rd Ed., offers a unique review of a wide range of military objects (helmets, medals, field gear, uniforms) used and worn by men and women from the United States, Germany, England, Japan, and the former Soviet Union, while in service between 1939 and 1945. The items that fill the pages of this full-color book are those which are most commonly seen today, in antiques shops, flea markets, online auctions, and discovered in the trunks, drawers, and boxes in the homes of veterans.
The book is divided into eight chapters, including:Uniforms and footwear; headgear; accoutrements; medals; firearms; bayonets, knives, daggers and swords; personal items; groupings (a new category in this edition). In addition to color photographs (1,800 in all) and values (listed both in U.S. dollars and English pounds), at the beginning of each chapter you'll find a rating chart. The ratings represent: Availability of items, Price, and prevalence of reproductions of that particular type of relic. Plus, you'll also find first-person accounts of the war and from long-time collectors of military.
Simply put, this book allows readers to: "Evaluate military objects that he or she may find in attics, closets, flea markets, garage sales, or thrift stores," writes author John Adams-Graf, in the introduction. "This book is also for the families who encounter a box or trunk in an attic, filled with the souvenirs and remembrances of a relative's service to his or her country."
About the author:John Adams-Graf, who has a Master of Arts degree in historical administration and worked in the museum profession for 20 years, is a lifelong military collector. He is the longtime editor of Military Trader and Military Vehicles Magazine and also catalogs collections for prominent militaria dealers and auction companies. He is the author of a number of books, including Warman’s Civil War Collectibles (1st and 2nd editions), Warman’s World War II Collectibles (1st edition), Standard Catalog of Civil War Firearms, Badgers for the Union, and U.S. MRAP Vehicles in Action.