Militaria is a term used to describe collectible items and artifacts of military, police, and security equipment. These artifacts are collected for not only their historical significance but even artistic value, as in the case of military posters and propaganda.
Some of the items that are included in the category of militaria are:
Also included and collected are photographs and other images, books, magazines and newspapers. In fact, the list is quite long when it comes to collecting militaria.
Items from the Civil War, World War I and World War II are especially collectible today. Some of these items are used by historic re-enactors to add credibility to their character. Others are displayed and enjoyed for their artistic, and historic value. Items like Civil War quilt patterns are not classic militaria and yet, because they are associated with a certain war, they can be associated with medals, helmets, and weapons.
Militaria can be an excellent investment if the item is rare or has an unusual provenance. Always get a Certificate of Authenticity if at all possible. If there are several items, and a letter that links them together, for example, be sure to keep them together because they are worth more that way. Collecting Militaria can be an interesting, as well as profitable, hobby.