Confederate cannonball from the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 sells for $5,850 at Mohawk Arms auction A Confederate cannonball from the Battle of Gettysburg, mounted on three brass leg finials and engraved in script “Rebel shell – Gettysburg 1863,” sold for $5,850 at Mohawk Arms’ Auction #71.
The top lot of the auction was a uniform worn by SS officer Karl Franz, the last Kommandant of the Nazi concentration camp at Treblinka, a custom four-pocket white linen summer tunic with silk lined sleeves and other features ($10,238). Also, a 33-inch wood cross bar and cords for the “Deutschland Erwache” standard, with turned “acorn” ends and matching tassels, made $5,967.
From the firearms category, a Sharps new model 1859-1863 percussion saddle ring carbine, with a receiver marked “C. Sharps Pat. Oct. 5th, 1852” and “R. S. Lawrence, Patented Feb. 15th, 1859” with clean stock and forearm, rang out at $4,329. Also, a Civil War Green Breech loading rifle with unusual .53 caliber percussion underhammer bolt action mechanism hit the mark for $3,276.
A Civil War Spencer repeating carbine, with the top of the frame marked “Spencer Repeating Rifle Co., Boston, Mass, Pat’d March 6, 1860,” with light patina on the blued 20-inch barrel marked “M. 1865,” breezed to $3,042. Also, a German World War II “Panzer Faust,” designed to be a portable one-man anti-tank weapon (very effective against Soviet tanks) fetched $2,691.
Tops in the edged swords category was a Japanese Yasukuni shrine sword, with a tang signed “Yasunori” and dated “A Lucky Day in March 1941,” with handmade 26 ¾ inch curved blade ($5,265). And from headgear, a German Army General’s World War II peaked cap made of fine quality doeskin, with gold metal eagle with swastika and gold wire cord piping, rose to $4,212.
A complete United States Marine World War I uniform on a mannequin, worn by a K. H. Becker, with an M1912 wool olive drab tunic, matching trousers and peaked cap, ankle-high boots and field-worn helmet, garnered $4,212. Also, a German Third Reich SA Oberfuhrer (for Westfallen) field service, four-pocket gold-brown wool uniform with breeches brought $2,925.
Mohawk Arms’ next big auction (#72) is planned for November, probably in the second or third weekend (watch the website as fall approaches: MilitaryRelics.com). Already consigned is a large collection of military medals, plus antique guns and swords. Consignments for this and all future auctions are being sought. Call (315) 893-7888, or e-mail Mohawk@MilitaryRelics.com.
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