Hundreds of military collectibles will be auctioned live and online by Mohawk Arms, Dec. 6th-7th German Third Reich military relics acquired by an American G.I. in World War II, a Nazi Luftwaffe regiment standard and an Imperial Russian Garde du Corps officer’s helmet will be auctioned Dec. 6-7.
News-Antique.com - Nov 13,2013 - (BOUCKVILLE, N.Y.) – A trove of German Third Reich military relics acquired by an American G.I. in World War II, a Nazi Luftwaffe regiment standard and an Imperial Russian Garde du Corps officer’s helmet made between 1900-1917 are a few of the expected top lots in Mohawk Arms’ Auction #70, a live and Internet sale already online and slated to end Dec. 6-7.
The auction, featuring hundreds of military items from multiple wars and generations, will be held in Mohawk Arms’ Bouckville gallery (located on Route 20 in central New York state, not far from Interstates 90 and 81) as well as online, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com or the Mohawk Arms website, www.MilitaryRelics.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken.
Sold will be Imperial helmets, medals and badges, Third Reich uniforms and other items from Nazi Germany (to include Adolf Hitler silverware), uniforms, swords, bayonets, daggers, knives, antique firearms (to include an M1808 Evans flint contract, an M1860 Colt revolver, a Potts & Hunt rifle and an M1861 Springfield), headgear insignia books, steins and other items.
The G.I.-acquired trove of Third Reich relics was sent back home during the war by Tec. 5 Robert W. Albro, an orderly and typist who took part in the campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Anzio, France and Germany. Many of his souvenirs were described in letters he mailed home and which fortunately were never thrown away. These letters will be included with the lots sold.
One of the lots is a German canteen (which was half-filled with cognac upon the German soldier’s surrender), a Second Class Iron Cross in excellent condition, a surrender certificate and two photos (opening bid $250). Another is a display board mounted with a Luftwaffe Salver award for distinguished combat service, a Silver German Cross, a War Merit First Class with Swords, a Luftwaffe Transport Clasp with pendant and an Eastern Peoples Medal (est. $18,500).
The Luftwaffe signal regiment standard features an exquisitely embroidered large silver bullion relief eagle within a large bullion relief oak leaf wreath. The flag’s background consists of four angular gold-brown silk panels dissected by white silk areas bordered in black. Each corner white area has a separately sewn black German swastika bordered in silver bullion wire. The reverse shows swastikas as well. The superb 4 foot by 4 foot flag should realize $20,000.
The Imperial Russian Garde du Corps officer’s helmet (one of two in the sale) is similar in shape to a Prussian helmet, only the gilt finished skull is higher and the lobstertail has a more radical, upswept look. The helmet being sold, which is quite rare and in excellent condition, has a silvered 8-pointed starburst that holds an enameled double-headed eagle with the Cross of St. Andrew. A shield showing St. George slaying a dragon is on the eagle’s chest (est. $15,500).
A pair of Civil War-era items should both do well. The first is a Confederate used M1860 Army Colt revolver with three-screw frame. The well-worn gun shows pitting and an excellent