"Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free." Dwight D. Eisenhower
Hello There! My name is Geoff Ward. I am a pretty laid back retired working man and former professional musician who lives in Louisiana about three and a half hours east of Dallas, Texas. I'm an avid collector of militaria, enjoy playing with my camera, and hunting for interesting curios and antiques. As a military brat, my family moved around often including living in, and traveling throughout, Europe for five years. I was a shy child with no real interest in sports, so I spent a lot of time reading and playing with toy soldiers. The Vietnam War was in full swing at that time and I remember watching the war on television. I was fascinated by the soldiers and their equipment. Having family who had served and died in the First and Second World Wars, I began to delve into books about the uniforms and equipment of the warriors who waged these battles for duty and country. My favorite outings were on school field trips to visit historical sites and museums...military museums! Suddenly, my toy soldiers were no longer just green or tan plastic, but being painted to resemble the pictures in books and movies. And, my friends and I were playing war wearing rusty German and French helmets we found in the junk shops.
Fast forward to the 80's when I bought my very first German dagger, a 1933 pattern SS dagger by Boker for $300.00 at a pawn shop... I was hooked! Over the next three decades, traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe with work, I bought, sold, and swapped my way into the areas in which I had interests. Now, I make yearly pilgrimages to the larger militaria shows with friends to wade through seemingly endless tables looking for the elusive toys we're hunting to add to our collections. I quickly realized that I could not have one of everything; and, not having very deep pockets, I would have to sacrifice some of my beloved toys to acquire new ones. After dealing with some of the major auctions that have increasingly limited what you can or cannot buy or sell, I decided to try my hand at building my own website to support my collection of historical and unusual curios that I find personally interesting. I hope with this website to be able to make new friends and cultivate interest in this hobby for new collectors. After all, we are really just taking care of these items for the next generation, but it sure is fun to enjoy them for awhile! Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the site!
Regards, and Happy Collecting!
Your "Buddy in the Boot"...
Louisiana that is...
Terms & Conditions Accepted forms of payment are Pay Pal, personal checks, and money orders. International buyers must use Pay Pal. Pay Pal user name is firstname.lastname@example.org Checks or Money Orders should be mailed to: Geoffrey Ward 9000 Dogwood Trail Haughton, LA 71037 Shipping information will be provided after receiving an order. Items may be shipped via USPS Priority Mail or USPS First Class, UPS, or FedEx. It is recommended to add insurance and is an additional cost to the buyer. International buyers: insurance is preferred otherwise, buyer assumes the risk. Shipment is usually made within 24-48 hours of receipt of payment. A three-day inspection period is offered to return an item for a full refund. Buyer is responsible for shipping both ways. It is highly recommended that all items shipped overseas be fully insured. Insurance allows for a reimbursement for the cost of the item plus shipping after the post office investigates any item not reaching its destination. Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the insurance and are the buyer’s responsibility.Items will not be marked below merchandise value or marked as a gift as US and International government regulations prohibits doing so. Please contact me with any questions you may have by email at email@example.com or by calling 318-762-4284 between 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time. I do my best to list quality collectibles and try to accurately describe condition, but most items show expected service and handling wear. I do not mind taking additional photos within reason and can also send larger size pictures if needed. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST TO SEE WHATS NEW!