SO FAR IN OUR NEWS we’ve resisted writing about D-Day Airborne relics largely as they seem to be well covered everywhere else. We’ve all seen the Hollywood portrayals of the beach landings in Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers and go to any military event and there seems to be no shortage of enthusiastic re-enactors dressed as WW2 Airborne troops. Reproductions of Airborne gear are easy to come by and the threat of paying a lot of money for a highly deceptive reproduction dilutes the appeal of searching for original artifacts. The original afterall is the one that can ‘talk’.
VISIT ANY COUNTRY house in England, and you are sure to find an armoury or furnishings with relics of the English Civil Wars. Over time many of these great armouries have been dispursed, and new relics have surfaced which means for the collector interested in this period there are a great range of civil war arms and armour to buy.
MANY MILITARIA collectors focus on a particular conflict or period simply because of aesthetics. One period for aesthetics stands out for militaria collectors, those collectors who regard themselves as connoisseurs. Few pieces of militaria combine fine art craftsmanship with historical significance as spectacularly as relics from the Napoleonic Wars.
ONE OF THE REASONS for building a militaria collection is that simply owning a piece of military history gives you pleasure. It can also make sense to acquire pieces as investments. Keeping a tradition for the start of the year, here are our personal predictions as to what could be a good buy during 2013.
COLLECTORS KNOW that Great War relics are considered special not only because they bear witness to the first total war, but because in many cases they represent the life of the ordinary British Tommy and illustrate what it was like for the ordinary man fighting this war.