I have my grandfathers WW2 trunk filled with his old uniforms. He was a Captain in the Air Corps and was in charge of a group that maintained the Norden Bomb Sites - based in North Africa and then Italy. The box contains two heavy coats with full patches and pins, two crusher style hats one with the eagle pin and the second with a large wing/propeller pin. The trunk also contains many everyday type pants and shirts. I want to preserve the uniforms and display them.
The Uniforms were stored away right after WW2 when my grandfather left the army and went back to farming.
I was hoping some of you who are knowledgable of such things might give me their opinion on the following questions (these items have tremendous sentimental value to me so they will not be offered for sale):
Are these uniforms of substantial value such that I should insure them?
Is it worth the expense of preserving the everyday items like pressed shirts (with no insignia), padded long johns, and dress pants?
Additionally, the trunk contains a WW2 Navy dress uniform from my grandmother. I can find no information on the web about this uniform. It is a very well made white shirt with embroidered anchors on the collar. I also have the skirt (suprisingly short for a military outfit - its about knee length I guess) and her dress hat.
Does anyone have anyone know of any threads or other sites where I can find out more about this uniform?
Does my Grandmothers Uniform have a value that is significant enough to require insurance?
Thanks In Advance