Estate sale will feature war relics from the 20th century

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Helmets, wool coats, and even bayonets -- everything a soldier needs to fight a war in the 1900's can be found in a house off 61st Street in Kansas City, Mo. It’s a collection 80 years in the making, but is now coming to an end.

Jennifer Taylor was hired to organize the estate sale.

"The gentleman who hired us, his father was born in 1923 and at the age of 13 he started collecting memorabilia from the war," said Taylor of Clear It Out, LLC.

When the collector died, his son inherited the pieces of history. The owner does not want to be named because the sale is not open to the public yet, but it’s already gaining a lot of attraction.

"We don't necessarily have that many that go up for sale like this," she said.

Besides the photos of war heroes and badges of honor, there are many household items found within the same era that still work and are for sale.

Finding entertainment in the midst of war was hard, but there was humor to be found. Doran Crate is a senior curator at the National World War I Museum.

"When President Woodrow Wilson told the Americans they were overseas fighting for American democracy. The story goes the American soldiers said, 'no, we were fighting for souvenirs,'" said Crate.

That’s because artisans would gather artillery shells like this one [pic of artillery casing] and turn it into souvenirs. Crate describes most of these objects to be in great condition.

Though Crate didn’t buy anything for the museum, Taylor says there’s already been a lot of interest from collectors trying to keep the memories alive.

The location of the estate sale will be made public Wednesday morning on this website. The sale starts Thursday and ends Saturday and will be located at 6118 NW Westwood Lane in Kansas City, Mo.

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