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Francesco Paganini

Expert Militaria & Antique Weaponry

History was always destined to be my future.

Francesco Paganini

Francesco Paganini grew up hearing stories of the war from his grandfather. When Francesco was twelve, his father took him to a huge exhibition on the second world war in Berlin. There, Francesco bought his first helmet, which started his fascination with militaria. While he kept collecting, Francesco also started a Military career and became an Officer in the Italian Military Navy. After almost four years, he decided to change his career but never stopped collecting militaria. To get the best deals, he travelled across Europe, visiting auctions, fairs and private collectors. This gave Francesco the opportunity to touch, smell and weigh a large range of objects.

This hands-on experience has helped Francesco Paganini to appraise items through photographs alone. He is familiar with the fabrics, metal colouring and approximate size/weight of a number of different items. When coming across an object he is not familiar with from memory, he consults his extensive range of catalogues, books and personal notes. Catawiki opens up the militaria market for the whole world. Francesco is delighted to be a part of this and share his love for militaria with millions of people.

  • 20+ years of experience
  • Served in Military career as a Navy Officer
  • Travelled across Europe for his collection
  • Extensive hands-on experience and knowledge of the market

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