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WWI US Army Wool Uniform -
The US Army of WWI employed uniforms manufactured of two materials: Wool and Cotton. The sample shown here is a wool uniform. This is the most widely available style.

This uniform offered better protection against the cold European winters. However, one of its draw backs is that when it got wet it became very heavy and uncomfortable. This was a common condition in the trenches.

The wool construction is known as the winter uniform. The cotton construction is lighter and is knwon as the summer uniform.


The shoulder insignia employed during WWI was of very rudimentary construction. Quality control was poor. Often times it was hand-made at the theater of operations.


This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWI US military uniforms. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWI US uniform worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the uniforms is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the American military uniforms in the collector's market is illustrated.

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This is a set of winter wool pants. The bottom of the legs are tied together with a shoelace like string. The pants are closed shut using small aluminum buttons. the face of the buttons reads USA. All uniforms were outfitted with tags that provide information such as the manufacturing date, depot of issue, manufacturer's name, etc. These tags are often missing due to normal wear.


The army employed leggins. These consisted of long straps of matching wool. Soldiers would wrap them tightly around their legs, just above their boots, to provide support. This example also shows the overseas hat.

This WWI US military collectible may be currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other US military uniforms of WWI, you can do so by going to our The History of the American Military Uniform identification and price guide.


The value for the WWI US Uniforms and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Value $175.00 $175.00 $200.00 $225.00 $230.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Rare
Invest Grade B B B B A

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