View Full Version : Authentic WWII militaria and memorabilia

12-12-2010, 04:19 PM
I have become fed up with trawling EBay for WWII stuff only to find out in small print that its replica, seems hardly anything authentic is up for sale on eaby.

I assume sepcialist auctions are only way to go, or dealers. I found this online dealer with some good items up for grabs if anyone is interested.


12-15-2010, 09:22 AM
There is a real fake industry in the ww2 memorabilia sector.

The vast majority of ww1/ww2 iron crosses in circulation are excellent fakes produced somewhere in the Czech Republic. Especially ebay is THE market for fakes for obvious reasons.

I once knew a website that provided help in telling the difference between real and fake.

Sadly i dont have the URL anymore but it still exists it should not be too hard to find with google.

12-17-2010, 04:49 AM
Carrying on with another story of how people just do not understand value of items. A couple of months ago, an acquaintance of mine has told me they just in middle of clearing out items etc of an elderly relative who died who was in the Royal Marines for whole duration of the war.

They found a box with about a dozen medals he won, various cap badges, shoulder lapels and so on, along with his ID passes etc, various official documents and private letters, photos and a diary. There was also his old uniform stashed away.

I told her that she could be sitting on a gold mine and best thing to do was to take everything down to an auctioneers who specialize in military sales. This would be sold a single lot and serious collectors would pay over the top for this lot, that is before we know what medals he had, which I never did find out.

I managed to find her on internet not long ago and sent a message, she told me she couldnt really be bothered with all that and couldnt see how it could be worth all that, so she gave everything away for 100 to one of these door to door traders who put a leaflet in asking for gold and medals etc, who told her they were not worth very much...

If i knew she would have accepted 100 for that I would have offered her that from start. What is it with this world, you try to do best for people, they ignore you and everyone looses out, apart from the people who got a bargin.

12-23-2010, 02:41 AM
Aye... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif
My grandfather was awarded as a WWII veteran with two orders:
- Order of the Red Star;
- Order of the Patriotic War

and three medals :
- for the Defense of Leningrad
- for Bravery
- for the Victory over Germany

Also he had different anniversary WWII medals that are not considered to be combat awards and thereby not as precious as described above. He died in 1997 and still nobody of our family claimed his battle awards. They used to struggle for every little piece of other rubbish that used to be of his property, but it all had shown how little of value were his awards for them. They even consider that the anniversary medals may cost more because they are newer and shine well enough... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif
Eventually, I decided to take over his combat awards and would under no circumstances sell them. I'm going to keep them as a grand relic of our family and as precious memory of my Grandpa - a brave soldier and an honest man.
That's it.