Items pertaining to the legendary 'Red Baron' World War I pilot will be sold June 3-4 by Mohawk Arms Items pertaining to (and even signed by) the legendary German World War I flying ace Baron Manfred von Richtofen, known as ‘The Red Baron’, will be sold at Mohawk Arms' Auction #75, June 3rd and 4th.
News-Antique.com - May 05,2016 - BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – Items pertaining to (and even signed by) the legendary German World War I flying ace Baron Manfred von Richtofen, known as ‘The Red Baron’ – are just part of Mohawk Arms’ Auction #75, a catalog and internet auction packed with over 1,300 lots of militaria encompassing multiple conflicts and generations. The sale will be held June 3rd and 4th.
The sale’s full catalog will be available for viewing soon, at www.MilitaryRelics.com and at the online bidding platform LiveAuctioneers.com. Bidders can also attend the event live, at Mohawk Arms’ Bouckville gallery, located on Route 20 in central New York state, not far from I-90 and I-91. Whether participating in person or online, bidders will be treated to a wide array of items.
Offered will be Imperial German helmets, a collection of World War I aviation badges (Prussian, Austrian, Bulgarian and others), autographs and photos, World War II German medals and edged weapons, headgear, uniforms, U.S. Civil War items, British medals, Imperial Austrian headgear and uniforms, U.S. World Wars I and II medals, combat gear, books, stamps, posters and more.
The Baron von Richtofen items will include a Christmas 1917 gift box of cigars sent to the flying ace with a large Iron Cross on the lid and with 16 of the original cigars still inside (all with gold bands showing Iron Crosses and oak leaves. An accompanying letter from an official at the cigar company tells von Richtofen “and the members of your famous squadron” to enjoy the cigars. A receipt signed by von Richtofen himself is also included. The box has a minimum bid of $3,700.
Another item signed by the fighter ace is an autographed card with a clear and unfaded specimen of von Richtofen’s signature. It is framed up, with his Sanke Card number 533, and comes with a certificate of authenticity by the German military autograph expert Stefan Koerlin. Measuring 11 ¾ inches by 6 ½ inches and professionally framed and matted, the lot’s minimum bid is $3,000.
Also sold will be an exquisite purple enameled cigarette case, presented by von Richtofen to Werner Voss, a member of Germany’s World War I elite group of aces, on the occasion of his being awarded a “Pour le Merite” (meritorious service). The case has several jewelers hallmarks, is dated “8-4-1917” and shows von Richtofen’s engraved signature. The minimum bid is $3,000.
A strong candidate for top lot of the sale will be the black Nazi Luftwaffe Panzer uniform of Lt. Gen. Wilhelm Schmalz, commander of Herman Goring’s feared Fallschimpanzerkorps. Goring’s name is even embroidered into the black wool waist-length tunic. The lot has a minimum bid of $28,000. It comes with nine photo albums; six photos show Schmalz wearing this very uniform.
Also expected to do well is a World War I-era presentation Saxon Garde Reiter regiment dress helmet with a three-dimensional silvered lion mounted on a large oval silvered plate affixed to the top. The inside of the helmet is stamped “G.H. Osang, Dresden 1915.”