Imperial Russian Garde du Corps helmet, made circa 1900-1917, brings $17,050 at Mohawk Arms' auction An Imperial Russian Garde du Corps officer’s helmet, made circa 1900-1917 and in overall excellent condition, sold for $17,050 at Mohawk Arms’ Auction #70, held Dec. 6th-7th in Bouckville, N.Y.
with a photo of Beyer wearing his Knight’s Cross award, and his 1939 hunting license.
A pair of lots pertaining to Tech Sgt. John J. Manning, who served in the U.S. 713th and 754th tank battalions (the legendary “Flame Throwers”) both did well. The first was a uniform grouping that included Manning’s “Ike” jacket with collar discs, four ribbon bars, stripes and shoulder patches; a tan shirt with inked name; and three overseas caps (one olive drab, two tan).
The other lot contained decorations and other items, to include shoulder patches for both the 713th and 754th tank battalions; a pair of his dog tags; an armored enameled collar insignia; collar discs (U.S. Armor and Infantry); an expert “Sterling” badge, with four bars; an enameled “Thunderbolt” badge; two Pacific Campaign ribbon bars and a Ft. Knox souvenir postcard pack.
Civil War memorabilia is always a big draw in any auction. An archival lot pertaining to Thomas Burke, a sergeant in the 97th regiment of the New York State Volunteers, changed hands for $2,232. The grouping included Burke’s discharge certificate, a wooden spoon Burke carved while he was a prisoner of war, and an 1896 letter regarding his Congressional Medal of Honor.
Also, a well-worn, Confederate-used M1860 Army Colt revolver with three-screw frame and a New York address on the barrel gaveled for $1,821. The gun showed some pitting and had a darkened age finish, and the brass trigger guard was numbered “108074”. The gun came with an equally well-worn period holster and field-made adjustable belt with a bass “snake” buckle.
An early German swept hilt sword, circa the 16th century, with large barrel-shaped linear chiseled pommel with a small round finial, coasted to $1,997.50. Included were a narrow wire grip and one-piece steel guard. The blade was 35 ½ inches. Also, an informal pattern silver gravy ladle used by Adolf Hitler, with relief eagle and swastika over the “AH” monogram, hit $2,232.
Mohawk Arms’s next big internet and catalog auction will be held this coming June (firm times and dates still to be determined). Already consigned are many Civil War items (including weapons, carvings, swords, headgear and jackets), World War I painted helmets (American), Indian Wars period equipment and weaponry, Imperial helmets, full mannequins (World War II American), belts, cartridge boxes and more – most, if not all of it, in museum-display condition.
Mohawk Arms, Inc., is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, a collection or an entire estate, you may call them at (315) 893-7888; or, you can e-mail them at Mohawk@MilitaryRelics.com. To learn more about Mohawk Arms, Inc., and the upcoming June auction, log on to www.MilitaryRelics.com. Updates are posted often.