History was always destined to be my future.
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.
1. Seller registration
Register as a seller for free. You can offer up as many special objects as you wish that are of premium quality.
2. Submit items
Once your items and descriptions have been approved by our experts, they are scheduled for auction.
3. The thrill of auction
Experience the excitement as bidders from all over the world place their bids on your submitted items!
4. Make money safely
You won’t be asked to ship your items until the buyer has transferred payment. Catawiki manages payments between buyers and sellers.