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March to the military antiques roadshow, Aug. 25

Is your home closet or overloaded garage looking a little olive drab to you? Still have grandpas 1930s-era U.S. Army campaign hat collecting dust on a shelf? Wonder what to do with that moth-eaten World War I uniform tunic or dented German army helmet with the malevolent swastika stenciling? Or maybe you have a Revolutionary War-era coin or button and wonder what its worth? Well, start thinking dollars and cents because you may be sitting on a proverbial gold mine of military antiques.

You wont want to miss next weeks free Antique Military Artifact Appraisal Clinic. The olive-drab antiques roadshow will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Courtyard By Marriott hotel in Middlebury (across from Hannaford Plaza), at 309 Court St. in Middlebury from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The unusual appraisal and buying clinic is sure to have collectors gathering up items to bring to the Courtyard Marriot. A quick glance at the eBay Internet auction site will provide you with an overview of the military collectibles marketits hot and its growing. Military artifacts collectors are getting top dollar for everything from original German steel army helmets to Civil War swords and woolen battle kepis.

Next weeks event is sponsored by two Vermont collectors who have had a lifelong interest in military items and war souvenirs from all countries and eras. The collectors specialize in (but are not limited to) World War II Japanese, German, and U.S. military antiques, as well as pre-1941 antique firearms and related items.

Collector Bob Larson, from southern Vermont, especially likes Japanese swords, German helmets, and other World War II items . He has been collecting the artifacts for over 20 years will be on hand to offer appraisals on swords and related items.

Larsons appraisal clinics and collection have been featured in newspapers and on television. Larson invites attendees to bring along any military item they might have to be appraised. He also encourages collectors not to clean artifactsit may have a detrimental impact on its dollar value. The event is free. For more details, call 800-715-2232.

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