TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Affiliated Auctions returns July 18-19 with a diverse and richly researched sale of 653 lots comprised of militaria and firearms, coins, collectibles and antiques. Authentic items from the Third Reich headline the July 18 session.
John Wright, lead cataloger for Affiliated Auctions told Antique Trader magazine the time is right for collectors to start accumulating interesting and rare World War II memorabilia. “A lot of it has to do with the fact that soldiers are passing away,” he said. “They were in the war and in some cases families were oblivious to the fact that they brought this stuff back. They don’t want anything to do with it.”
A Mussert bravery cross, lot 32111, was described by Wright as a sleeper that may end big. The “underrated” cross was awarded to a secretive and relatively small sect of the Dutch Nazi Party. “People know very little about the volunteers who fought for the SS but there were divisions in Serbia, India and Britain,” he said. The cross carries a pre-auction estimate of $400 to $800.
Another standout lot is no. 32159, the complete field uniform of Gen. Friedrich Mieth, who was promoted to General of Infantry in 1943 and was eventually awarded the Knights Cross. The uniform carries a pre-auction estimate of $10,000-$15,000 because it has not been altered during the last 60 years.
“We do our best to weed out any reproduction items,” Wright said. “In this case, it’s certainly unusual to get a hold of high-ranking generals’ uniforms and in particularly good condition. This one is named and it hasn’t been messed with; this one is right. It has all the medals and all the strings are in the right place for the medals we have.”
A piece of American history will also cross the block during the July 18 sale in lot 32112A. The Third National Flag of the Confederacy, a Civil War era banner measuring 34 inches by 63 inches, should bring $6,000 to $10,000. The flag was adopted March 4, 1865, just before the fall of the Confederacy. Major Arthur L. Rogers, who argued that the pure white field of the second national flag could be mistaken as a flag of truce, proposed a red vertical stripe for the third version. He said that when hanging limp in no wind, the colored corner of the flag could be accidentally hidden, so the flag could easily appear all white. Rogers lobbied successfully to have his design introduced in the Confederate Senate. He defended his design as having “as little as possible of the Yankee blue,” and described it as symbolizing the primary origins of the people of the South, with the cross of Britain and the red bar from the flag of France.
“This is a very nice, war torn banner,” Wright said.
Lot 32354 represents the auction’s strong firearm consignments. The Winchester model 1892 32/30 lever- action rifle, with a 21-inch octagonal barrel is expected to bring $1,000 to $1,500.
“Weapons and daggers continue to be popular among collectors, Wright said. “At the end of the day, it’s all a part of history, whether you like it or not. Our history is not something that should be swept under the carpet.”
The July 19 antiques and collectibles auction has its share of surprises as well. A painting by Mary E. Taylor titled Scythia, may perhaps be more interesting because of Taylor’s family rather than her talent. Wright determined Taylor’s niece was Hazel Farris, famous for a 1906 suicide through the consumption of arsenic and gasoline that left her body unable to decompose, thus creating a beloved sideshow corpse displayed into the 1970s and more recently in a National Geographic special. Despite the family’s skeletons in the closet, so to speak, Taylor’s framed painting on canvas of the British boat Scythia I is expected to bring $400 to $800.
A quantity of high-quality collectibles are also included in the sale, including vintage Beatles and Star Wars items and a large collection of Edward S. Curtis North American Indian prints. The Curtis prints will be sold over 17 lots.
Affiliated Auctions’ July 18-19 military and antiques auction will be held live at its headquarters in Tallahassee, Fla., and online at LiveAuctioneers.com.
For more information, visit www.AffiliatedAuctions.com or call 850-656-5486 or 800-877-6180.