A Collector’s Dream Come True

Many collectors have this dream that kind of goes like this:

A little old lady asks them to empty out her attic and tells them they can keep anything they find and throw away the rest.

Lo and behold –they find a stash of priceless militaria!

Hasn’t happened to me yet.  But a friend did pass to me what to them was worthless old stuff stored in a Kanas barn for decades.  It was from a relative who served in the army in the Pacific in WWII.  Below are some pics.

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Two Japanese weapons.  Left a Type 38 Rifle and, right, a Type 38 Carbine.

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A Collection of Three Bayonets for the Rifles.

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And most impressive.  A Type 98, Company Grade Officer’s Samurai Sword.

Everything was covered with dirt, dust, and lots of rust.  It took weeks to clean it all up with WD40, gun oil, steel wool and lots of elbow grease.  Much of the pieces, particularly leather items just couldn’t be salvaged.  But overall, I was very happy with the final look.  Below are before and after of the rust cleaning on the rifles.

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  1. I remember as a kid finding a treasure trove of Nazi war souvenirs in my grandmother’s upstairs – swords, daggers, flags, helmets, medals – now pretty valuable stuff but as kids we used to dress up and play in the stuff. How much militaria is still out there undiscovered? Would to God this stuff gets into the hands of history buffs!

  2. I just bought a type 38 calvary carbine from a gun show for 80 bucks i love it so much! its also in really nice condition the mum is very good and no rust


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