Billy's 3 Most Prized Auction Items

What does Billy Leroy from Baggage Battles treasure most? These are the auction purchases that are closest to his heart.

1. French Cavalry Helmet & Breastplate

baggage-battles_prized-auction-items-billy-french-cavalry
This heavy French cavalry helmet and breastplate is from 1845. It's very rare to find this set in such an untouched condition; it hasn’t been polished since it was out of service. When the French wore this into combat it was polished and bright … dressed to kill, I guess. The helmet has a long horsehair ponytail … this was not only decorative but also served the purpose of preventing a saber blow from chopping off the wearer. In today's market this matching numbered set can bring up to $8,000. I bought it in a New Jersey auction house called Manion's 20 years ago for $1,200.

2. World War I British Tankers Mask

baggage-battles_prized-auction-items-billy-tankers-mask
This World War I British tankers mask is extremely rare. I bought it at a Toronto estate auction for $700. What’s so unique about this mask is its medieval appearance. It was worn by the crew of English tanks to prevent shrapnel wounds. I have only seen 2 in my life as an antique dealer, and it is worth $3,000 to $4,000.

3. Raven

baggage-battles_prized-auction-items-billy-raven
This oversized taxidermy raven is in perfect condition, and has a wingspan of 33 inches. I bought it on eBay 12 years ago for $300. For some strange reason, ravens are hard to find, especially this size. My wife, being an Edgar Allan Poe fan, loves this raven. I have several offers from fellow dealers and collectors to buy the raven -- it’s worth $1,200 -- but my wife would kill me.
View Full TV Schedule

On TV

Mysteries at the Castle

Green Lady, Count of Monte Cristo, Robin Hood

10am | 9c

Mysteries at the Castle

The Real Beauty and the Beast, Birdman of Scotland, Master of Disguise

11am | 10c

Mysteries at the Castle

Making of an Artist, Secret Sonar, Fairy Flag

12pm | 11c

Mysteries at the Castle

Battle to Cross the Channel, Royal Matchmaker, Boettcher Kidnapping

1pm | 12c

Mysteries at the Castle

The Diamond Necklace Affair, Topless Duel, Abseiling Escape

2pm | 1c

Mysteries at the Castle

Fall of The Knights Templar, Resurrecting Sherlock, Weeping Stones Curse

3pm | 2c

Mysteries at the Castle

Good King Wenceslas, Prison Painter, Butler's Secret

4pm | 3c

Mysteries at the Castle

The Brothers Grimm, Savior of Fort Jefferson, Missing Head of State

5pm | 4c

Mysteries at the Museum

Opera Riot, Golfer Behind Enemy Lines, The Great Mail Train Robbery

6pm | 5c

Mysteries at the Museum

Aaron Burr Conspiracy, How Gatsby Became Great, Lady with the Lamp

7pm | 6c

Mysteries at the Monument

Roosevelt's Moroccan Mission, The Last Bare Knuckle Boxer, America's First Spy Ring

9pm | 8c

Mysteries at the Monument

Harlem Hellfighters, Resurrected Jockey, Invention of Braille

10pm | 9c

Mysteries at the Monument

St. Urho, Mystery Castle, Bat Bombs

11pm | 10c

Mysteries at the Monument

Roosevelt's Moroccan Mission, The Last Bare Knuckle Boxer, America's First Spy Ring

12am | 11c

Mysteries at the Monument

Harlem Hellfighters, Resurrected Jockey, Invention of Braille

1am | 12c

Mysteries at the Monument

St. Urho, Mystery Castle, Bat Bombs

2am | 1c

The Hot List

Win a $100,000 Trip to the Caribbean.
Join the conversation on Social Media!
Leaf-peeping, road trips, fun getaways and more!
Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.

Next Up

Meet the Auction Specialists

Get to know the Baggage Battles auction specialists.