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WWII US Army T-Handle Shovel -
This is a US Army field gear item. As issued during World War two. The T-handle shovel had its origin in WWI. Many of the shovels employed in WWII were re-issued from WWI. In the early days of WWII the shovels were still manufactured.

The entrenching tool was an excellent device for digging trenches. It was often employed with the pick . The US armed forces also had a different style of shovel that had the ability to fold.

This section of the website provides information that allows you to identify American military field gear collectibles. The data also includes a price guide to give you an idea of the value of the items.

The design of the shovel consisted of a fixed shovel head with a wooden handle which ended in a metal loop through which a perpendicular piece of wood was secured, therefore forming the "T" of the handle.

Some examples were dated on the throat of the shovel head. In other cases the "US" initials were placed on the wood or on the throat of the shovel head.

The US Armed forces backpack known as the haversack had a special opening where the T-handle shovel could be carried

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

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Known variations of this shovel include the "Paratrooper" style, which consisted of a shortened handle.

This WWII 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 WWII US military collectibles, you can do so by going to our WWII US Military Collectibles Price Guide. Where we cover items from the Army, Navy, Army Air Force and other organizations.


The value for WWII US field gear 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 2014 2015
Value $30.00 $40.00 $50.00 $75.00 $95.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B B B B

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