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    DescriptionWe live in the information age, a period that offers unrivalled data transfer and unlimited access to global archives. Collectors have never had it so easy. Today, at the click of a mouse, via the Internet they can exchange details about items they are looking for or send photos of things they want to sell, and communicate with dealers and like-minded enthusiasts located at opposite sides of the planet. Online market places like eBay offer a cornucopia of accessible objects and the opportunity to, sometimes, purchase items at knock-down prices. However, being provided with unlimited access to information is only of any use if you know what you are looking for. The ever-expanding resource of the World Wide Web might be a repository of everything but if you are looking in the wrong section, or asking the wrong question, it can provide myriad dead ends rather than bang-on answers! Collectors of militaria, that catch-all term that covers everything from army badges to gas masks, have always relied on ready access to reference works to help them navigate around the bewildering landscape of available collectables. Most of the classic reference works have been targeted at the experienced collector and are often difficult for the tyro to decipher. Something handier is needed. The Beginner's Guide to Wartime Collectables is intended to be that easy to use guide. It will not only tell the novice about the major types of twentieth-century military collectables, it will also show what they look like and, importantly, what the newcomer should be looking for. It's also important to be sure you are purchasing authentic military artefacts and not mere reproduction items or, worse still, out and out fakes. Written by a lifelong collector, this book is also full of the author's own photographs, many, like those showing details of insignia and other regalia, taken with specialist close-up lenses, so that every detail can be clearly seen. The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War in August 2014 makes this publication very timely and, I hope, elevates commonplace items like postcards and crested china to their rightful place as definite military collectables.


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    Title
    A Guide to Wartime Collectables
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Arthur Ward
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 600 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848848122
    ISBN 10: 1848848129
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BIC subject category V2: WC
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    Abridged Dewey: 745
    LC classification: NK
    B&T General Subject: 120
    DC22: 940.3
    BISAC V2.8: ANT000000, HIS027090
    DC23: 940.3075
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/MILTAS
    Thema V1.0: WC, NHW
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    Illustrated with colour throughout
    Publisher
    Pen & Sword Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Pen & Sword Military
    Publication date
    19 August 2014
    Publication City/Country
    South Yorkshire
    Author Information
    Trained at art school, Arthur Ward has enjoyed a thirty-year career in media and marketing. His first love, however, is history, and he is particularly interested in the social and political aspects of military history and, as far removed from this as it is perhaps possible to get, the history of toys. He is a specialist about Airfix and is considered the leading authority about this famous brand. He also runs www.collectingfriends.com, the enthusiasts' website he established with Radio Four's Peter Donaldson.