Early 20th century Uncle Sam poster commands $4,425

ROCKLAND, Mass. — Willis Henry Auctions, Inc. held its first Asian Arts & Militaria Auction on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Rockland, Massachusetts.

Although the audience was small the crowd was very enthusiastic, and most were the high bidders on the items they were most interested in. Nearly two-thirds of the auction

Uncle Sam poster

“I Want You For The U.S. Army – Nearest Recruiting Station – 895 Elm Street Manchester, N.H.” by James Montgomery Flagg, 1917, poster, sold for $3,540. (Photo courtesy Wills Henry Auctions)

lots sold to Internet, phone, and absentee bidders. Participants included bidders from Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Germany, England, Ireland, Australia and Canada, as well as all over the United States.

The majority of the first 100 lots in the sale came from a private collection, and it included many Japanese Samurai swords, tsubas, tantos, and triptychs. Several of the tsubas had the original Christie’s NY tags from the Dr. Walter Compton sale held on December 17, 1992.

One tsuba in particular drove a lot of interest. It was carved with shakudo, gold, silver and copper high relief inlay, with a willow tree carved on the reverse. It sold for $3,540 (including the buyer’s premium). Also in the auction were some wonderful Civil War items such as a collection of items associated with Captain Francis Edwin Goodwin (Presentation sword, presentation revolver, carte-de-visite’s and documents) which sold for $10,620 (including the buyer’s premium). A 1917 Uncle Sam “I Want You For the U.S. Army” poster fetched $4,425 (including the buyer’s premium), and led all lots included in the collection of original World War I military posters which brought a lot of interest.

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