I am Guilherme from Portugal and I have always loved everything related with WWII. I inherited the passion of collecting from my grandfather who had a huge coins/watches collection (non-specifically related to WWII) so, a few months ago, I decided it was time to 'fly solo' and start my own collection. What I love most about it is the chance to hold a part of our history and the chance to further investigate about it.
Right now I am dedicating my attention and starting my collection with:
- flags (saving some money for my first one, maybe a party banner or a street banner)
- medals (carefully choosing my first one)
I am not a connaisseur but I am ready to work hard to become one. So this brings me to my first question:
Based on my current interests, what is the best literature out there to learn more about such items and learn the skills to identify fakes/repros and stay the hell away from them?
Regarding my current collection, I have only bought things from two places 'Das Reich.co.uk' (95% of my stuff) and German militaria - iron cross, waffen ss, luftwaffe, paratrooper – Military Antiques Stockholm (only a bundle with some maps that were really cheap). This brings me to my second and third question:
Any Portuguese collector out there? If so, can you recommend me some dealers in Portugal?
Being from Europe, what are the best online dealers? I am really pleased with Das Reich, but I want to know more so I can eventually find new things.
Coming to the end of my first post I was wondering if you could recommend me some more literature about how to display, protect and preserve these rare items, especially regarding papers.
If you have any other advises for a new collector, please shoot straight, as I am totally new to this and I am eager to learn.
Thanks for your time.