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Hello and welcome to my site, WW2militaria.net


Please feel free to browse the site and use the information for study or purchase reasons and you are more than welcome to make contact with me for advice, pricing information, search & finds reasons or simply to have a chat with another collector.
As I am a collector and this is a passion and hobby, not a business, I am always very pleased to hear from fellow collectors around the world and make new friends. I can be contacted through the contact form or call me on 07730 426534.

Background

I have been collecting antiques for over 20 years now with my passion running into many areas, from Japanese Edo/Meji period items, to jewellery and investment gold and ww2 military items. I have tried to specialise in one area but as I learn more and more about the hidden treasures out there, I find myself buying the book’s to learn about new things all the time. I have though in the last 15+years focused my attention on my japanese items (listed on my japanese site - link here) Treasures of Japan & on my fascination with WW2 and all items relating to that time.
I think my father was the inspiration behind my fascination in all things antique, as from an early age he would encourage me to take an interest in his antiques (which ranged from Netsuke to Jewellery to Portrait Miniatures etc etc) and for a while we had a stall at the Portobello Road antiques market in London.

 But in relation to WW2, my grandfather was the real inspiration behind my love for milaria and spending many weeks at a time with him at the many army bases he commanded, led me more and more into the world of Militaria.
My late grandfather, Brigadier M G Harvey CBE MC was a fascinating man and brilliant military mind. He was commended for his military tactics, bravery and leadership in many conflicts and has a number of mentions in the history books ( he also wrote a few books ).               At retirement he was the most heavily decorated soldier in the British Army. During WW2 his military career had brought him into the RAF, where he flew many missions between France and the UK. A number of them carrying troops and POW's but also some Operational missions. He met a number of U.S Vets during this time period and to his last days kept in contact with many, before his retirement in South America and final passing. A part of this site is dedicated to his memory and his inspiration and in time some of his ww2 items will be listed.

I believe I have a broad knowledge in many areas of WW2 antiques, but a much deeper understanding and passion for WW2 German items.    I am therefore very happy to assist anyone with valuations, authentication or general info and do also offer a search and find service.

Why build this site

As my knowledge has grown I have been very privileged to have met some key collectors and dealers all over the world, to see some of the fantastic collections many museums have and to have acquired many lovely items.
I have along the way met many individuals new to the antiques market and trying to find a way into militaria collecting and seeking somewhere to view and discuss many lovely items, without the always present threat of the fakes and forgeries out there. Unfortunately the antiques market is full of many unscrupulous people who peddle the fakes and militaria is an area also hit by this mennace. It is my hope that my site helps others to learn what a real item should look like.
I decided the time had come to slowly start to publish many of my items to the web and allow others to view and discuss them and grow their passion as I have and also decided to honour my late Grandfather with a part of the site dedicated to him.
Over time many new items will be added as I slowly relinquish pieces from the collection to the website and I hope they meet with people’s approval.

The site

The site is new and embryonic, so over time you may well see some changes to it and to the items you can view. Please bear with us if anything does not work or you come across any problems and please do make contact so we can fix any issue. I thank my brother for his time and support in helping build the site.


The site is split into a number of categories (which will grow) and as pieces get added from the collection they may appear on the front page as new items or within the sub-categories.
Please click on any category and it will list the sub-categories for you to view the items. If an item is “sold” it will be clearly marked as sold, but some items may be available but no price listed; this may be due to the them being reserved, currently not for sale only study or it may be that we do not want to show the price at this stage.
Making contact with me is easy and you are assured of “complete privacy” when dealing with me. I do not discuss or divulge priced paid or people’s private details and have many close collectors and friends who's integrity is maintained.
Contact can be made via the “contact” link at the top of the page or at the bottom.
You can also add your name and details to our “mailing list”, so that we can make contact with you as required.
Under the “Information” tab you have the ability to change the currency $$$ or Euro’s and this is updated on a daily basis to current rates. Language can also beupdated.                                                                                                                                                                                       Registration is available on the site and this allows the user to be automatically updated to new items as they are put on the site and will in the future give you a host of new functions and information which we are working on.
Payment methods will be listed on the site, but in essence we allow cash and cheque payments within the UK. Credit card via Paypal for the rest of the world and Paypal direct. We are working on some enhancements here and the site will update you in due course as we enhance this area of the checkout facility.
Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy are as stated in that section of the website.
Authentication and Provenance of all items is guaranteed and where possible I use my extensive library, worldwide contacts and support from Industry experts such as Peter Nash (who I thank for his guidance and friendship), the experts at Herman Historica in Munich and a couple of U.S experts in the field, to evaluate all my items and make sure they are as stated. As these all come from my own or my late Grandfathers personal collection I am proud to have them and would in no way wish to own or be associated with any spurious items!!

Many thanks for taking the time to visit the site.

Gordon 
December 2009


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