Remembrance Sunday on November 11th commemorated one hundred years since the end of the First World War. This focus on military history has increased interest in military antiques.
There is a wide range of military antiques. Collectors tend to focus on one specific military division or war. Collectors like to research the history of items they buy. A rich source for research is the Imperial War Museum in London and Manchester.
Small items from World War II such as buttons, badges and insignia are not expensive, but rare items associated with a specific battle are sought after and cost a lot.
Many collectors specialise in firearms, but only a few obsolete calibre firearms can be legally owned without a gun licence. There are restrictions on importing firearms from other countries.
Campaign military chests appeal to both people interested in military matters and those looking for beautiful looking furniture. Military chests were supplied to the armed forces and used for planning and administration purposes. Many have a pull-out drawer which sits over the legs of a seated soldier to be used as a writing surface. Many campaign chests are made in mahogany, but oak examples can be found. Army and Navy Store Co-Operative made a lot of campaign chests, and their name disk is inset in the wood.
You can often find military items in Lancashire antique shops. There are many antique chests available from Lancashire antique dealers, but military chests are rarer and may cost several thousands of pounds.
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