World War I airplane insignia and pilot archive soars to $13,200 at Mohawk Arms auction #69 June 8-9 A World War I squadron insignia and archive pertaining to American pilot Lt. Paul Green soared to $13,200 at a live and Internet auction held June 8-9 by Mohawk Arms, at the firm’s gallery in New York
highest regards,” with an embossed eagle/swastika, brought $2,473.
Other Nazi items included a book from Hitler’s personal library, titled Ja-Sagen Zum Judentum (“Say Yes to Judaism”). The book, a rare, 1933 publication of a Berlin radio station, dealt with the plight of the German Jews and contained numerous pencil notations by Hitler. It brought $1,821. Also, an 11 inch by 9 inch matted and framed ink-signed photo portrait of Herman Goring wearing his decorations and holding his Nazi Field Marshall baton, made $881.
A Japanese (Manchuko) breast star of the Grand Cordon award, claimed by a G.I. during World War II and one of only 144 breast stars awarded, having a multi-colored enamel octagonal center on a red enameled cross set with pearls, rose to $2,056; and an original Mexican War musket (Springfield M1816), converted to percussion, with a sword bayonet that was probably issued and used by one of the Germanic militia units in the Mexican War, topped out at $1,762.
Three lots realized identical selling prices of $705. The first was a commemorative period medal, honoring the cavalry leader Gen. George A. Custer, who fell at the legendary Battle of Little Big Horn. The medal showed a profile of Custer in uniform, with crossed sabers and side flags. The second was a World War II Army Nurse Corps “Flying Nurses” shoulder patch, worn by nurses assigned to the China-Burma-India area of operations. It’s hand-embroidered and rare.
The third was a coconut carved by a U.S. Marine into an uncomplimentary caricature of a Japanese soldier. Decorated coconuts were used by the Marines on Okinawa for target practice. This one showed a seated figure, wearing glasses and a helmet and sporting buck teeth and a painted Japanese flag. Rounding out a list of just some of the sale’s top lots, a circa-1850 South Indian sword with a straight 31-inch broad blade that widens toward the tip commanded $529.
Mohawk Arms’ next auction is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 15-16, although firm dates haven’t yet been set (watch the website for details as fall approaches: www.MilitaryRelics.com). Already consigned are Imperial German helmets, a wide assortment of medals and badges, ethnographic knives and swords, a Krag Bowie bayonet and Confederate bonds and currency.
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