International Bidders Drive Sales at Cowan's World at War Auction Cowan's second-ever World at War Auction, on Feb. 22, 2011, attracted bidders from 12 foreign countries, who competed for 728 lots of relics from 20th-century military conflicts.
News-Antique.com - Feb 22,2011 - CINCINNATI- Cowan's World at War Auction on February 22, 2011, attracted bidders from 12 foreign countries, who competed for 728 lots of relics from 20th-century military conflicts. The auction featured a large collection of rifles, bayonets, helmets, uniforms, swords, firearm paraphernalia, and a fantastic collection of patches and insignia. Over 500 bidders on the floor, phones, and internet brought the sale total to over $200,000.
A U.S. 20th Century WW I Medal Group Attributed to Albert L. Schlesinger hammered down at $1,840, over its $600/800 estimate. The group includes a 1930s purple heart named and numbered, a bronze star, a WW I victory medal with two stars and four bars, a French Croix de Guerre, French veteranís medals. Schlesinger was also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross.
A Russian Mosin-Nagent Rifle WW I German Captured realized $940, quadrupling its estimate of $100/200.
A lot of Nine U.S. and European Bayonets brought $705. The lot includes a U.S. Folding Machete, U.S. KA-BAR marked USN Mk II, U.S. Stoner bayonet for the M-63 Assault rifle, three Danish G-3 British Martini Henry Bayonets, a Spanish Artillery Bolo and a Portuguese 1904 Bayonet.
A Canadian WW I Battle Flag of the 87th Battalion Canadian Grenadier Guards brought $1,150, over its $200/400 estimate. This battle flag flew over the battalion headquarters during the battles of Amiens, Droquort-Queantline, and Cambrai during the months of August, September, and October 1918.
A German WW II Luftwaffe Sword realized $979.80.
A German WW I Werder Bayonet 69/98 With Scabbard realized $1,116.25 over its $600/800 estimate. This is a WW I conversion of the Werder needlefire rifle bayonet to fit the GEW 98 rifle. This is a very rare conversion and a rare bayonet.
A WW II German SS Side Cap and M-43 Wool Cap hammered down at $1,380. The side cap is dated to 1941 and the M-43 wool cap was found at a German Nazi concentration camp.
A lot of Four U.S. 20th Century WW II Theater Made Air Corps Wings realized $1,380. The lot includes a U.S. Service Pilotís wing, a U.S. Glider Pilotís wing, a U.S. Gunnerís wing, and a U.S. Air Crew wing.
A Nazi German WW II Army Paratrooperís Badge and a lot of Four Nazi German WW II Army Medals brought $1,380 respectively.
A large lot of U.S. WW II and Post-WW II Airborne and Marine Cloth Insignia exceeded itís $400/600 estimate and sold for $977.50.
A U.S. 20th Century Army Air Force Reflex Sight doubled its $400/600 estimate and sold for $1,265. This top secret Norden bomb sight was used for bombing runs on B-29s and B-17s.
A Vietnam War Era U.S.M.C Lt. John Kadlecik Archive sold for $1,610.
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