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Militaria from Across Conflicts and Generations Offered at Mohawk Arms Sale

by WorthPoint Staff (11/08/12).

This U.S. First World War standard from the 107th Field Artillery Battalion, silk with yellow-gold fringe, battle-worn and tattered, is among three such standards available in the upcoming sale of militaria on Nov. 16-17 to be facilitated by Mohawk Arms.

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – Hundreds of military items from multiple wars and generations will be offered Nov. 16-17 by Mohawk Arms in a live and Internet auction billed as Militaria Auction #68.

The sale will be held in Mohawk Arms’ Bouckville gallery (located on Route 20 in central New York state, not far from Interstates 90 and 81) and online, via LiveAuctioneers. Internet bidding is also available on the Mohawk Arms website and phone, fax and left bids will also be accepted.

“This auction is packed with ethnographic items, headgear, art, exotica, Americana, uniforms, swords, edged weapons, decorative veterans’ flags, military steins, medals, books, pistols and more,” said Raymond Zyla, owner of Mohawk Arms.

All lots have been assigned modest opening bids (“OB”). In the ethnographic category (Asian armor, weapons and miscellaneous items), noteworthy lots include an interesting 17th century Indo-Persian helmet in a basic bowl shape, profusely chiseled with gold washed figures (OB: $2,500) and an early 19th century Japanese Edo period armor in great shape (OB: $5,000).

From the same category is a 19th-century Persian Pesh-Kabz armor piercing dagger with ivory grips having inlaid bands with a linear design, and an 11 ¾-inch “T” back blade that tapers to a point (OB: $500); and a late 19th-century Menangkabu knife made in Sumatra, made from an intricately carved rhino horn and simulated hoof handle, with 9 ¾-inch curved blade (OB: $250).

Two mid-1930s German Nazi helmets are expected to do very well. One is a 1934 double decal SS VT/SD helmet with the original field gray finish showing some wear and the “Fat rune” SS decal and swastika shield decals subdued from age (OB: $3,000). The other is a Normandy pattern 1934 camouflage helmet with white swastikas painted on the sides and front (OB: $850).

Nazi exotica will feature Adolf Hitler’s proof copy of the large-format pictorial volume “Deutschland,” with the inside cover having Hitler’s personal library bookplate and the upper right corner of the flyleaf showing Hitler’s abbreviated signature (OB: $2,000); and a Nazi officer’s uniform, rare, from the SS branch in charge of security at concentration camps (OB: $12,500).

This unusual bowl-shaped Indo-Persian helmet, circa 17th century, is profusely chiseled with gold washed figures. It carries an opening bid of $2,500.

This Civil War silver Masonic Military Lodge medal was issued in 1863 to Capt. E.G. Quincy of the 43rd Regiment (Mass.). The opening bid of this medal is $1,750.

This porcelain character stein of Kaiser Wilhelm II, with Guarde du Corps helmet for a lid and eagle for a top, has an opening bid set at $1,200.

Collectors of Japanese Samurai swords will be intrigued by Gen. Hatazo Adachi’s World War II surrendered samurai sword, dated March 1942, with white rayskin grip, with a 25 ½-inch clean blade and photos of Adachi’s surrender (OB: $5,000); and the sword surrendered by Rear Adm. Nobukagu Yoshimi on Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands, in 1945, with archive (OB: $3,500).

Medals presented to American heroes will include a lot of nine badges and medals from Sgt. Daniel S. Steinbach, a member of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 101st “Screaming Eagles,” killed in action June 6, 1944 (OB: $2,500); and the silver Masonic Military Lodge medal awarded to Capt. E.G. Quincy of the Civil War 43rd Mass. Regiment (OB: $1,750).

Returning to Nazi items, the auction will also feature a propaganda leaflet distribution rocket, similar to a V-2 in appearance, 55 inches tall and complete with soiled parachute and bundle of blank leaflet-size papers still inside (OB: $850); and the SS peaked cap of SS officer Dr. Rudolf Jacobsen, made of a doeskin-like material and with a black velvet band (OB: $4,000).

Other items in the exotica category will include a silver pokol (bowl) presented by Prince Heinrich of Prussia to H. Haas, having an elaborate composition incorporating a standing figure holding a family shield coat-of-arms (OB: $1,250); and an SS photo album with photos of Hitler with Mussolini, Heinrich Himmler with staff, and children wearing Nazi helmets (OB: $2,800).

Special and miscellaneous items will feature a lot of three U.S. World War I standards from the 107th Field Artillery Battalion, with a handwritten account regarding their history by E. F. Wood, Battalion Commander (OB: $1,000); and a U.S. Marines World War II Squadron 223 pilot’s coffee mug with painted artwork showing a bulldog wearing boxing gloves (OB: $100).

Olympics memorabilia and militaria will merge with the lot of three automobile pennants acquired by an American college student while traveling in Germany during the 1936 Olympic games, plus a maker-marked Olympic pin (OB: $275). Also sold will be a “Reale Automobile Club d’Italia” auto plaque from 1936, still attached to the original bumper bracket (OB: $100).

A Menangkabau knife of Sumatra featuring intricately carved rhino horn, curved meteorite blade, circa late 19th century, has an opening bid set at $250.

Offered at opening bids of $100 or less will be an oval German Third Reich Automobile enameled auto plaque, with eagle and swastika; an enameled Salzburger Automobile Club auto plaque with crowned medieval coat-of-arms over the Salzburg Castle; an “Automobilklub Von Tirol” auto plaque; and a large blue enameled cog wheel made for the “Osterr: Automobil Club.”

Rounding out just some of the sale’s expected top lots will be a porcelain character stein of Kaiser Wilhelm II, with the Guarde du Corps helmet for a lid and an eagle for a top, marked “Musterschultz” (OB: $1,200); and the personal straight razor of the World War I hero of the American Expeditionary Force, Gen. John J. Pershing, etched with “Black Jack” (OB: $300).

Previews will be held at the Mohawk Arms gallery, on Route 20 in Bouckville, Monday through Friday leading up to Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), and on sale days (Nov. 16-17), from 8-9 a.m. The first gavel will come down both days at 9 a.m. A buyer’s premium, which can range from 10 to 17.5 percent, depending on the final price, will be applied to all purchases.

For more information about this auction, call 315.893.7888, e-mail to or visit the Mohawk Arms website.


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