If you read yesterday’s blog, you would have read a deconstruction of a “Storage Wars: Texas” episode, where seemingly out of place items were magically discovered in all
three hunter’s newly acquired units. Hopefully, you learned a few things in the process of reading my intentionally caustic episode review, and maybe even gotten a few laughs.
Yet, I can’t help but have the wool plucked from my eyes after reading so many up to date, interesting treasure stories today. Stories of devout hunters throwing their hard earned profits at promising units, with no real guarantees (save whatever is visibly lurking on the outside) and discovering items both lucrative and historically fascinating. Here are a couple real “war stories” to get your bid finger itching.
German World War I and II relics have been unearthing left and right lately. Forum visitors have been abuzz about very peculiar antiques dating back to the Die Feurer’s reign. “CKnuth1” of storageauctionforums.com relays to us a magnificent find. Throwing in nine hundred hard earned dollars and smoking the bidding competition, he expected to collect solidly on a myriad of visible tools and furniture. He would have his cake and eat it too.
In his picking process, along side hundreds of dollars worth of gold and silver coins (legitimately appraised at $710, total), he stumbled on an old book entitled “Das Deutsche Corpsleben,” or “The German Soldier.” The book is authentic and dates back to 1902, a collection of prints by a German artist called Christian Wilhelm Allers. The value of Aller’s keepsakes and collectables probably spike due to his somewhat notorious history. The artist did a four and a half year prison term on allegations of adolescent sexual abuse, being known to use young boys as his subjects.
Perhaps a dark tale, but a sizzling discovery indeed. The book will fetch him $500 from a collector, but could have brought in $2,300 had it not “done hard time” carelessly in a storage unit.
The buck doesn’t stop there. Another user named “Rocking the Retro” recently came face to face with her own German relic destiny. She and her husband bought a seemingly nondescript unit for $125, one containing mostly boxes. Upon picking it, she discovered two authentic pieces of German gear: a soldier’s helmet, as well as a near mint condition canister containing a gas mask.
The combat helmet is appraised anywhere from 300-1700 dollars, depending on the current fair market value for German WWII gear. The gas mask could easily resale for $100. “Rockin” relates how she was discouraged from buying the unit by more cautious veteran bidders. She writes:
“On (my husband’s) way out, he ran into one of the more boisterous of the old-timers and was again told he overpaid. He smirked and replied, ‘yeah I know but these WWII German collectibles sure are cool!’ Off he went to the next auction having had the last laugh.”
Within the same thread, a clubhouse of users testify to finding Nazi coins, Prussian coins, and German field knives. How on Earth original owners manage to let their prized antiques slip away is beyond me, but there you have it.
Tell storageunitauctionlist.com about your tasty WWII finds via our Facebook. To boot (Das Boot, anyone?), here are two promising looking websites that buy and sell a wide range of World War II memorabilia from most nations involved, if you’ve been holding on to some:
This stuff is out there people. As Jack Nicholson shouts boisterously in his role as Frank Costello in The Departed, “Don’t laugh people! This ain’t reality TV!!”
“Aufwiedersehen” to you.
David Gross, SUAL Content Writer