Collecting War And Militia Memorabilia for Beginners: Some Practical Tips

Everyone has their own hobbies and interests. While some may like to collect stamps or preserve memories by making scrapbooks, some prefer to invest in something more historical and important such as WW2 Memorabilia. The challenge novice war memorabilia collectors face is how to build a collection that is worth talking about. It isn’t an easy or cheap hobby, but it is worth it.

These are some easy to follow and remember tips that new and old WW2 memorabilia collectors should always remember:

Tip 1; Be Specific, Choose A Specific Category

The trick to building a large and impressive war memorabilia collection is to know where to start. A novice collector will dream of getting their hands on every type of artifact, but that isn’t recommended. Since there are many WW2 collector’s items available a new collector will feel confused and find themselves overwhelmed.

Instead of collecting every type of piece available, it is better to focus on a specific category. Popular collections start with guns and medals, but there are other items like letters and even uniforms that are less explored, but are as valuable and exciting.

Tip 2: Study And Research The History Of Each Piece

A collector who isn’t careful about where and what they buy will most likely end up collecting more fakes than actual pieces. Instead of placing a bid on an item that looks “real and legitimate” do your research first. It will take some time to master, but all expert collectors eventually find a source for all their fact and history checking that they can trust to double check the authenticity of any potential item before adding it to their collection.

Tip 3: Cherish, Clean, And Respect

Sadly, it is fairly common to find different WW2 pieces stored in the wrong places to gather grime, dust, and even rust. There are even some people who are unaware of the value of antiques and sell them for cheap or even throw them out the dumpster. In these instances, you as a collector must do your best to restore any discarded pieces back to its original form or as close as possible.

There are several antique shops who can do the job, but it is also a good skill to develop to save money and to help preserve as many artifacts as possible. Be gentle and try to learn the proper cleaning and restoring techniques to avoid inflicting any more damage.

Tip 4: Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to get specific with your questions about the memorabilia you are about to purchase. A trustworthy seller will have all the answers and will not be afraid of your questions. By asking as many questions about the item you can easily weed out the fake from the real items. This makes it easy to keep a solid collection of real war memorabilia.

Don’t Rush Into It

Collecting guns and other WW2 items can be exciting, but jumping into the hobby without doing any research is the start of an expensive disaster. Be careful about every purchase and once you have any of the artifacts in your collection take good care of them because their value will only increase as time passes.
The Gettysburg Museum Of History is paradise for WW2 Memorabilia collectors. Visit us or contact us to learn more about artifacts for sale.