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Objects from World Wars I and II and the modern era to be auctioned online Sept. 29 by Bruneau & Co
The 265-lot auction will features flags, uniforms, bayonets and iconic arms for veteran and novice collectors. The action will begin at 6 pm Eastern time, with Internet bidding available on several platforms and the Bruneau & Co. website.
By: Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
The online-only auction, beginning promptly at 6 pm Eastern time, is packed with 265 lots of historic objects from World Wars I and II and the modern era. These include flags, uniforms, bayonets and an array of iconic arms of both World Wars for the discerning collector.
"A large portion of the auction was built from a single-owner collection of fine long arms, pistols, and revolvers," said Joel Bohy, the director of Bruneau & Co.'s Arms & Militaria department. Mr. Bohy added, "There will be a selection of bayonets, fighting knives, scopes, and unusual wartime bring-back articles, to include porcelain, glassware, flags and propaganda."
There is also a single owner collection of officers' tunics and uniforms and a collection of German Hitler youth articles including, clothing, badges, books, photographs, helmets, hats, insignia, and medals. This will be just the fifth online-only Historic Arms & Militaria auction for Bruneau & Co.
The World War II A-2 leather flight jacket from the U.S. 23rd Bomb Squadron features a 5th Bomb Group painted insignia on the left chest depicting a skeleton in a flight cap holding a bomb, and a banner marked "23RD BOMB./IN HOC SIGNO VINCES". The jacket is shown in Jon A. Maguire's book Art of the Flight Jacket: Classic Leather Flight Jackets of World War II (Schiffer Military/Aviation, 1995), and should gavel for $800-$1,200.
General Frederick Von H. Kimble's summer-weight, worsted wool tunic has "SMILO" brigadier general stars on each epaulet, a U.S. insignia on the collar, a sterling "Myers" command pilot pin back wing on the left breast, with a two piece sew-on WWI victory and American defense bars, marked on the inside right front "Vo. H: 7267. K". The lot comes with a research folder on Kimble and is expected o change hands for $300-$500.
Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Auctionzip.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the mobile app "Bruneau & Co." on iTunes or GooglePlay. To learn more, visit www.bruneauandco.com.