World War I bullet-riddled airplane insignia could bring $10,000 at auction, June 8-9 A World War I squadron insignia and archive pertaining to American pilot Lt. Paul E. Green is expected to sell for $10,000 or more in a live and Internet auction slated for June 8-9 by Mohawk Arms.
and even Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun. The Braun items will include three silvered tea spoons, a silvered cake server, five pastry forks and a soup spoon (all designed by Albert Speer and with “EB” engraved butterfly pattern initials), a monogrammed linen handkerchief (11 inches by 11 ½ inches), and a white cotton hand towel with “EB” blue cross-stitched initials.
The Hitler items will include books from the German leader’s personal library, obtained by an American Major in Berlin, in May 1945, during the Allied occupation. Heading the 713th Battalion, he and French counterpart Capt. V. Ziegelmeyer had access to the Reichs Chancellory and were able to acquire some books with Adolf Hitler bookplates, stationery and other material.
The books include a copy of Ich Kampfe, a paperback pictorial volume on the history and the accomplishments of the Nazi party, with original Hitler penciled notations on pages 19, 57, 64 and 75; and Ja Sagen Zum Judentum (“Say Yes to Judaism”), a rare 1933 publication by a Berlin Jewish radio station and containing 15 Hitler penciled notations, comments and initials.
Other Hitler items will feature a 1937 Christmas card with a relief embossed political type eagle/swastika and, written in ink, “Sent to you in highest regards, Adolf Hitler”; a white porcelain butter dish from Hitler’s table service, with a gold leaf eagle/swastika and “AH” on the top front side; and a Berghoff pattern silver-handled dinner fork with “AH” in block letters.
Also from the Third Reich is a 1933 political pennant from the Nuremberg Reichs Party Day, a rare item from the 1st Reichsparteitag measuring 15 inches by 8 ¼ inches. The pennant has a 5-inch-wide center white panel with an early political-type eagle/swastika and the words “Heil Hitler!” There is also a paper portrait of Hitler with an over-painted green oak leaf wreath.
Items signed by Nazi figures Hitler, Goring, Himmler and Goebbels will also cross the auction block, as will peaked caps (Allgemeine SS, Army, etc.), M43 (SS-Panzer Army), helmets (M35 Army double decal, Eastern Front Medic, etc.), medals and badges (gold and silver German crosses), General Assault and Panzer Assault badges, and SS daggers and swords.
The auction will also feature a helmet collection (Slovak, Hungarian, Greek, etc.), British 1900-1918 and Latin American medals, U.S. World War II CBI uniforms and shoulder patches (Red Cross Flying Nurse, etc.), fighting knives, a “Red Ball Express” Purple Heart, 713th Tank Flame Thrower uniforms, antique guns, books and WWI German/Austrian uniforms and medals.
Previews will be held at the Mohawk Arms gallery, on Route 20 in Bouckville, every Monday through Friday leading up to June 7, from 9-5 (EST), and on sale days (June 8-9), 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 percent-17.5 percent depending on the final price, will be applied to all purchases.
Mohawk Arms, Inc., is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, a collection or an entire