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The July 8-9, 2017 Manuscript, Space, Collectibles & Stamp Auction


Military Memorabilia
 
 
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Lot 233
Original Art; WWII US Army Air Corp Concept Design for Recruitment Poster. Extremely rare World War II US Army Air Corp original concept art for a recruitment poster. Dramatic modernist take of a cadet with prop and wings insignia on head and a roaring Curtiss P40 Warhawk streaking the skies. Watercolor on board, this original piece measures 40 x 30" masked with tape at borders. The art is unsigned but definitely appears to be the work of either two acclaimed illustrators of the time Leo Rackow or Robert Muchley, who both created a number of WPA, Homefront and WWII recruitment and propaganda posters. Both excelled in superior illustrated pieces both commercially and for US Government. The board has minor dings and chips at edge and soft corners, but the art remains remarkably clean. Double thick art board from H.M Taws, Philadelphia and the verso has some glue residue as if board had been mounted to a larger piece decades ago. Also there is a distinct No.938 boldly hand lettered on version no doubt to differentiate from other works in consideration for use during the war effort which may in fact have been a cooperative effort between MOMA and the US Military in acquiring submissions. This original illustrated work would display beautifully when framed matted to image. A rare opportunity to acquire an original WWII propaganda illustration. Estimate Value $6,000 - 8,000
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Lot 234
79th New York "Highlander" Scotish Brigade Hat--One of the Rarest Hats of the Union Army. This 79th New York "Highlander" Scottish Brigade Hat was worn by Lieutenant Alexander, who can be seen wearing his kilts and this hat. A bird plume and black silk ribbons, made in Glengarry, Scotland, were imported for their brigade. The maker's name is embossed in silver. This is one of the rarest hats of the Union Army. We have never seen one before. Alexander enlisted for the war on December 9, 1861 in New York City, and mustered out in 1865 as a Captain. Estimate Value $200 - 400
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$360
Lot 235
Mid-Century Military Field Equipment Huet of Paris Brass Theodolite (Diopter) and a Lambert Time Clock. Two fantastic pieces of French Army field equipment 1.) Manufactured from Huet Paris a Theodolite (sometimes called a Diopter). A theodolite measures vertical angles as angles between the zenith, forwards or plungedtypically approximately 90 and 270 degrees. When the telescope is pointed at a target object, the angle of each of these axes can be measured with great precision, typically to seconds of arc especially important in military exercises. All lenses complete, piece in great condition. Model MG 49/468.
2.) Extremely fine example of a mid-century Lambert Wind-up Military Time Clock. Arthur Lambert was a celebrated French jeweler and watchmaker from Valenciennes who ventured into industrial/commercial time clocks and all but started a global industry. Here a clock for use by the French Army from 1961 in excellent working condition, both clock winding keys, with only the most minimum of scratches. Comes in its original, custom wood box also in great condition with just one small chip in paint finish. Inside, instructions printed on plate in French. A nice piece and in excellent condition. Shipping weight for both pieces combined is about 28 pounds. Estimate Value $200 - 400
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Lot 236
Nautical Marine Sextant and Wooden Box, Probably Late 19th Century. No manufacturer's identification. Solid oak box: 9¾ x 10¼ x 5" with brass hardware. Engraved on the arc: Mrs. Janet Taylor, 102 Minories London.
A sextant measures the angle a heavenly body (star, planet, sun, moon) makes with the visible horizon. It derives its name from the arc at the bottom, which is one sixth of a circle. Until 1998, midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy were taught celestial navigation, but with the advent of the Global Positioning System, it was no longer taught. Lessons in celestial navigation were reinstated, however, in 2015, due to the threat of cyberattacks, which could disable the GPS. A sextant cannot be hacked. Estimate Value $200 - 300
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$120
Lot 237
Brigadier General A.B. McDaniel's Heavy Overcoat. Olive green, belted coat with black service stripes on sleeves. General McDaniel (1895-1943) was an Air Force general and an aviation pioneer who was one of the first to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross. He served as chief of staff of the Caribbean Air Force (later Sixth Air Force) at Albert Field in the Panama Canal Zone (1941-42) and commanded the III Air Support Command (later III Reconnaissance Command) at Birmingham Army Air Base. He suffered a fatal heart attack in 1943. From a military uniform exhibit in Branson, Mo. Estimate Value $250 - 500
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Lot 238
Brigadier General Benjamin Caffey's Dress Uniform With Medals, 34th Division, His Dogtags & "Red Devil" Shoulder Patch. During World War II, General Caffey (1893-1972) was Commanding Officer of the 39th Regiment and Commanding Officer of the 29th Combat Tea. From 1942-43 he served as Assistant Commanding General of the 34th Division, which was the first division deployed to Europe in World War II. They had been trained in Louisiana and transferred to Fort Dix for deployment, subsequently becoming the first troops to arrive in England, where members of the Division were chosen to form the US Army's First Ranger Battalion, many of whom went on to become part of Darby's Rangers. The 34th Division participated in six major Army campaigns in North Africa and Italy, amassing more combat days than any other Division in the U.S. Army, with many men achieving over 500 straight days of combat--and the most casualties. It was one of the most highly decorated units in American history, with Red Bull soldiers being awarded 10 Medals of Honor, 98 Distinguished Service Crosses, 1 Distinguished Service Medal, 1,052 Silver Stars, 116 Legion of Merit medals, 1 Distinguished Flying Cross, 1,713 Bronze Stars, 51 Soldier Medals, 34 Air Medals, with duplicate awards of 52 oak leaf clusters, and 15,000 purple hearts. Because of the red bull on the shoulder patch, German troops called this U.S. division's soldiers "Red Devils." In 1944 and 1945 General Caffey served as Commanding General Special Troops 4th Army. From the collection of a military uniform exhibit in Branson, Mo. Estimate Value $600 - 1,000
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$425
Lot 239
Chief of Staff Headquarter's Flag of General Bernard W. Rogers. Red flag with four stars, 3 x 61". General Rogers (1921-2008) graduated from West Point in 1943. He served as chief aide to Gen. Mark C. Clark after World War II, then spend three years as a Rhodes scholar before fighting in Korea and Vietnam, where he won the Distinguished Service Cross. He served as commandant of cadets at West Point, then became commanding general of the Fifth Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo. In 1974 he earned his fourth star and in 1976, he moved up to Chief of Staff of the United States Army. He was appointed supreme commander of NATO in 1979. From a military exhibit in Branson, Mo. Estimate Value $300 - 500
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$192
Lot 240
Impressive US Naval Warship Ephemera Collection Spanning Over 100 Years. A passion project spanning years to acquire a variety of related ephemera regarding some of the Navy's greatest warships. This collection spans a hundred years and many of the pieces impress. First the USS California and the USS Nevada appear to have the most materials. Included a variety of on ship menus, invitations, dispatches, boxing and wrestling programs, ship events such as Naval balls, vintage photos even 19th Century postcards of ships. Other ships included in this 6 folio collection are USS New Jersey, USS Utah, USS Florida, USS Kitty Hawk, USS Maine, USS Nautilus, USS West Virginia, Battleship New York, USS Oregon (original launch invitation from 1893), USS Golden Gate, and many more. A collection worth taking the time to review. Estimate Value $600 - 1,000
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$600
Lot 241
Maj General Clarence Lionel Adcock's Full Dress Uniform, Invasion of North Africa. Clarence Lionel Adcock was born at Waltham, Massachusetts, October 23, 1895. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1918, from the Engineer School in 1921, the Command and General Staff School in 1935, the Army War College in 1939. Adcock was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Engineers in 1918 and advanced through the grades to Major General in 1945. He served as Assistant Chief of Staff, II Corps, in the invasion of North Africa, 1942-43, under Mark W. Clark, 5th Army, 1943, G-4 (supply) with Eisenhower's HQ in North Africa and Italy, 1943-44. He was G-4 with 6th Army Group in France and Germany, 1944-45. Then we was Deputy to General Clay in Berlin with the Military Government, 1946. He retired in 1947 and was recalled to active duty in 1948. Awarded three Distinguished Service Medals and two Legion of Merit medals. From a military exhibit in Branson, Mo. Estimate Value $600 - 900
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$360
Lot 242
U.S. Navy - Flag of Rear Admiral Charles H. Lyman. Navy flag with four white stars, 43" x 5'1", stamped twice with C.H. Lyman and once with Rear Admiral. Shortly after World War II, Lyman was in charge of the nuclear experiments on the Bikini Atoll, to carry on the study of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. From a military exhibit in Branson, Mo. Estimate Value $250 - 500
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$192
Lot 243
Uniform of General Guy O. Kurtz - Artillery of the 5th Army. Olive green, belted uniform jacket, with medals, crossed rifles on lapels, and A5 shoulder patch. Dog tags present. General Kurtz served as Assistant Commanding General of the 88th Division. Created almost completely of draftees at the beginning of the war, the 88th Division served in North Africa and Italy, suffering over 11,000 casualties. In 1945 General Kurtz became Commanding General Artillery of the 5th Army. A major component of US Army forces in the Mediterranean Theatre of War, the 5th Army suffered 109,642 casualties during World War II, fighting over 600 days. Serving under General Lucian Truscott, General Kurtz commanded the artillery component of the 5th Army which was charged with pounding the retreating Germans being driven up the Italian peninsula and breaking up tough German resistance near Bologna. The 5th cleared out German forces while driving north to Bolzano, near the Austrian border, where it linked up with the US 7th Army. From a celebrated military uniform exhibit in Branson, Mo. Estimate Value $600 - 1,000
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$360
Lot 244
Nicaraguan Flag Used by U.S.M.C. For Recognition Purposes During the US Occupation of Nicaragua, Late 1920s. Nicaraguan flag, 28 35", made of cotton. It belonged to Lt. Gen. Edwin A. Craig, U.S.M.C. Retired. General Craig carried this flag while serving as an officer in the Guardia Nacional de Nicaragua in the late 1920s. It was used for recognition purposes between the Nicaraguan Constabulary and U.S. forces. Lt. Gen Craig gave the flag to Carl A. Robin, who kept the flag in his collection of Marine constabulary material for years. A signed statement from Mr. Robin is included. Estimate Value $200 - 300
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$163
Lot 245
U.S. Army and Navy Medals, Including WW2 Distinguished Service Cross Bronze Medal, Cuban Pacification Medals, and China Service Campaign Medal (1) The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Army. It is only awarded for actions in combat. Original box is present but flattened.
(2&3) Two Cuban Pacification Campaign Medals: Struck for the U.S. Navy and Army personnel who took part in this brief conflict (1906-1909). One has Cuban Pacification 1908 on the obverse and United States Navy For Service on the reverse; one has Cuban Pacification 1906-1909 on the obverse and United States Army For Service on the reverse. Images are different. Both with original ribbons and pins. Army box is intact; Navy box is present but flattened.
(3) China Service Campaign Medal. An official U.S. Mint struck medal, in mint condition. Still in the original U.S. Mint box and still in original tissue. Awarded for services performed during operations in China or in Chinese territorial waters or contiguous ocean areas from July 7, 1937 to Sept. 7, 1939 and from Sept. 2, 1945 to April 1, 1957. Estimate Value $300 - 500
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$363
Lot 246
  U.S. Navy - China Service Campaign Medal + 3 Books on USMC China Occupation. An official U.S. Mint struck medal, in mint condition. Still in the original U.S. Mint box and still in original tissue. Awarded for services performed during operations in China or in Chinese territorial waters or contiguous ocean areas from July 7, 1937 to Sept. 7, 1939 and from Sept. 2, 1945 to April 1, 1957.
With three books on USMC occupation of China: (1) "American Legation Guard Peking 1932"; loosely placed inside is an 8 x 10" vintage photo of a Marine lieutenant in uniform wearing a sharpshooter medal;. (2) "The American Embassy Guard Annual, Peiping, China 1935"; with a postcard photo of a Marine private wearing a sharpshooter medal, identified as Joe Farrell on back of postcard, and dated Nantes France, 1919. (3) Copy of The Tientsin Marine, March 1940, with fold-out map of Tientsin, showing sections occupied by the different nationalities. Overall very good condition. Estimate Value $150 - 200
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$138
Lot 247
Hardy, Sir Thomas Masterman, 1st Baronet (1769-1839) Officer of the Royal Navy taking part in some of the most historic naval battles in British history. He served as flag captain to Admiral Lord Nelson, and commanded HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars. Nelson was shot as he paced the decks with Hardy, and as he lay dying, Nelson's famous remark of "Kiss me, Hardy" was directed at him. In Hardy's honor The Hardy Monument, a 72-foot high tower, was erected on Dorset's Black Down hill in 1844 by public subscription. Offered is a scarce autographed letter signed while at the Greenwich Hospital in May, 1939 and died the following September. This is professionally presented with laser copy of the front of letter so the verso could be exhibited with Hardy's signature. Also included is an engraving of Hardy and an image of Nelson for a complete bit of British Naval History in a nice presentation. Measures 16 x 26". Estimate Value $200 - 400
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$238






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