World War II German War Room Tank
Appraised Value: $1,000 - $1,500
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Appraisal Video: (2:24)
Arms & Militaria
Grenadier Military Antiques
GUEST: My uncle was with Patton's Third Army, and, uh, his job was to secure the areas before and after the troops were rolling. And he sent me this item when I was four years old.
APPRAISER: Okay, and it's been in your possession...
GUEST: It's been in my possession since I was four years old.
APPRAISER: Well, let's start with the box first. To look at the box, it really doesn't look like anything. When you walked up to the table it looked like an old wooden box. What it says on the top, in German, that it's a transportation box. And when we open it up, this is the real treasure here, it's a little working model of a tank. Now, tell me the story about where he got it. He got it out of a war room, correct?
GUEST: Right, it came out of a... a German war room and I believed it was a model of a Tiger tank.
APPRAISER: Okay, what it actually is, it's a model of a Russian T34 tank, and it's interesting because you said that he was in the Third Army, which was in the Western Front. You said he was involved in the Battle of the Bulge.
APPRAISER: Okay, it's a German-made piece. Kind of interesting to note what it says here in German. Essentially, this model... or, this is for business or official use only and the misuse of it is punishable. So I guess they didn't want the soldiers playing army with it. The barrel moves, the machine gun moves, the wheels move, the tracks move. It's a fantastic working model, perfectly scaled. But one this large and in this type of configuration where everything works and everything moves is really quite unique. The other thing that impressed me is the fact that you were a four-year-old boy when you got this. You didn't play with it.
APPRAISER: It's in remarkable condition. There's absolutely no damage to it and you've kept it in this box the entire time.
GUEST: It's the original box.
APPRAISER: Well, it's really difficult to put an actual value on this because in the 30-plus years I've been involved with military antiques, I've never seen one. Thinking about what auctions would bring these days and this sort of thing being so unique, I would say, realistically in an auction it might fetch $1,000 to $1,500, maybe even more. It's just a wonderful military collectible, something you just don't see.
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