Militaria items spanning multiple conflicts and generations will be in Mohawk Arms' June 30 auction
The peaked caps and sleeve insignia of the German Third Reich diplomatic ambassador to Russia and the personal automobile standard and three other fender flags used by Kaiser Wilhelm II are expected top lots, both with minimum bids of $18,000.
By: Mohawk Arms, Inc.
They're just a few of the more than 1,150 lots of militaria slated to cross the auction block at Auction #79, to be held online and in the gallery of Mohawk Arms, Inc., on Route 20 in Bouckville, located in central New York state. The auction will begin promptly at 9:15 am Eastern time. People can register and bid now, on Mohawk's website: www. militaryrelics.com.
The catalog and internet auction is packed with rare and highly collectible militaria material spanning multiple generations and conflicts. In addition to the Mohawk Arms website, internet bidding is also provided by LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
The peaked caps and sleeve insignia of Nazi Third Reich diplomatic ambassador to Russia, Graf Friedrich-Werner von der Schulenburg, comprises a fine quality light grey doeskin peaked cap (of the type only worn by ambassadors);
Also with a minimum bid of $18,000 is the personal automobile standard of Prussian Kaiser Wilhelm II, with three other official fender flags used when meeting with his Austrian counterpart, visiting the Duchy of Saxe-Altenburg and displaying his Hohenzollern family crest. Wilhelm's personal flag, 16 inches by 17 inches, is made of a silk-like material and has a black Prussian eagle on a crowned gold shield on the center, with a black Iron Cross and the date 1870.
The 17th or 18th century Polish karabela sword has a wood grip with a carved, stylized eagle head pommel that resembles a staircase. The flat metal strip on each side is colored to blend in with the grip. The straight blade is 27 ½ inches long. The minimum bid is $450. The karabela was a type of Polish sabre popular in the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth. It's defined as a decorated sabre with a handle stylized as the head of a bird (in this case an eagle) and an open crossguard.
The pair of 18th century British Georgian silver mounted flintlock pistols have seen their share of use and wear over the years and are being described as "a true restoration project." In fact, one of the pistols is missing the stock from the wrist down and part of the silver trigger guard strap is detached. But the other gun is in OK shape; it's full stocked and has an octagon/round barrel with sunken gold cartouches "H. Hadley" and "London". The lot has a minimum bid of $1,400.
An Imperial Austrian officer's helmet of the K.u.K. Arcieren Guards, the rarest helmet of the Austrian Imperial period, has a minimum bid of $6,500. The helmet boasts a silver-plated body that looks hammered, brass trim edging, a large gilt coat-of-arms front-plate within a framework of foliage, age-darkened oak leaf chinscales and gold silk lining. Topping the helmet is a fire-gilt bronze crowned double eagle and a white buffalo hair plume extends from the eagle head backs.
A German Third Reich SA Feldherrenhalle gorget (crescent-shaped ornament worn on a chain around the neck as a badge of rank by officers) has a minimum bid of $4,000. There are dark patches on the age-toned nickeled crescent and the stylized gilt eagle/swastika has a nice patina. The piece has dark blue cloth backing and a corner hook and oval band hold the original chain.
A U.S. World War II "Black Widow" Navy Cross having darkened, one-piece construction, has a minimum bid of $1,200. The item exhibits good detail and has a full wrap brooch and even the original issue Navy presentation box. Paper found in the base of the box reads "C. Gray Bream".
An American circa 1830 New York state "tombstone" hat plate, worn by militia members on civilian "stove pipe" hats, in exceptional condition, has a minimum bid of $850. The hat plate is curved, tinned iron, with a painted gilt upswept-wings eagle standing on top of a globe. Clouds and a sunburst are at the top. Old lacquer coating has preserved 98 percent of the original finish.
An original Japanese World War II Kamikaze flag, the silk "meatball" type with black ink signed slogans that express absolute loyalty to the emperor and honor in death, carries a minimum bid of $650. The 26 inch by 32 inch flag, having leather tabs with ties in two corners, is an unusual surviving relic of Japan's extreme attempt to prevent an invasion of the homeland during WWII.
Mohawk Arms, Inc., is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item or an entire collection, you may call (315) 893-7888; or, you can e-mail them at Mohawk@MilitaryRelics.com. To learn more about Mohawk Arms, Inc., and the internet and catalog auction planned for Saturday, June 30th at 9:15 am EDT, visit www.MilitaryRelics.com.