Kaiser Wilhelm II character stein carries modest opening bid of $1,200 in live, online militaria auction

Offered in the militaria sale will be hundreds of lots of ethnographic items, headgear, art, exotica and special items.

Unusual circa 17th century Indo-Persian helmet, bowl-shaped and profusely chiseled with gold washed figures. Photo courtesy Mohawk Arms

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – Hundreds of military items from many wars and generations will be offered Nov. 16-17 by Mohawk Arms in a live and Internet auction. Billed as Militaria Auction #68, the sale will be held in Mohawk Arms’ Bouckville gallery and online, via LiveAuctioneers.com. Internet bidding is also available on the Mohawk Arms website  and phone, fax and left bids will also be accepted.

“This auction is packed with ethnographic items, headgear, art, exotica, Americana, uniforms, swords, edged weapons, decorative veterans’ flags, military steins, medals, books, pistols and more,” said Raymond Zyla, owner of Mohawk Arms.


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All lots have been assigned modest opening bids (“OB”). In the ethnographic category (Asian armor, weapons and miscellaneous items), noteworthy lots include an interesting 17th century Indo-Persian helmet in a basic bowl shape, profusely chiseled with gold washed figures (OB $2,500) and an early 19th century Japanese Edo period armor in great shape (Opening Bid $5,000).

From the same category is a 19th century Persian Pesh-Kabz armor piercing dagger with ivory grips having inlaid bands with a linear design, and an 11 3/4 inch “T” back blade that tapers to a point (OB $500); and a late 19th century Menangkabu knife made in Sumatra, made from an intricately carved rhino horn and simulated hoof handle, with 9 3/4 inch curved blade (OB $250).

Menangkabau knife of Sumatra featuring intricately carved rhino horn, curved meteorite blade, circa late 19th century.

Two mid-1930s German Nazi helmets are expected to do very well. One is a 1934 double decal SS VT/SD helmet with the original field gray finish showing some wear and the “Fat rune” SS decal and swastika shield decals subdued from age (OB $3,000). The other is a Normandy pattern 1934 camouflage helmet with white swastikas painted on the sides and front (OB $850).

German Nazi tunic, worn by an officer in the SS branch in charge of security at the concentration camps, very rare.

Nazi exotica will feature Adolf Hitler’s proof copy of the large format pictorial volume Deutschland, with the inside cover having Hitler’s personal library bookplate and the upper right corner of the flyleaf showing Hitler’s abbreviated signature (OB $2,000); and a Nazi officer’s uniform, rare, from the SS branch in charge of security at concentration camps (OB $12,500).

Collectors of Japanese Samurai swords will be intrigued by Gen. Hatazo Adachi’s World War II surrendered samurai sword, dated March 1942, with white rayskin grip, with a 25 1/2 inch clean blade and photos of Adachi’s surrender (OB $5,000).

Also offered is the sword surrendered by Rear Adm. Nobukagu Yoshimi on Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands, in 1945, with archive (OB $3,500).

Medals presented to American heroes will include a lot of nine badges and medals from Sgt. Daniel S. Steinbach, a member of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 101st “Screaming Eagles,” killed in action June 6, 1944 (OB $2,500); and the silver Masonic Military Lodge medal awarded to Capt. E.G. Quincy of the Civil War 43rd Massachusetts Regiment (OB $1,750).

Returning to World War II Nazi items, the auction will also feature a propaganda leaflet distribution rocket, similar to a V-2 in appearance, 55 inches tall and complete with soiled parachute and bundle of blank leaflet-size papers still inside (OB $850); and the SS peaked cap of SS officer Dr. Rudolf Jacobsen, made of a doeskin-like material and with a black velvet band (OB $4,000).

Civil War silver Masonic Military Lodge medal, issued in 1863 to Capt. E.G. Quincy of the 43rd Regiment (Mass.).

Other items in the exotica category will include a silver pokol (bowl) presented by Prince Heinrich of Prussia to H. Haas, having an elaborate composition incorporating a standing figure holding a family shield coat-of-arms (OB $1,250); and an SS photo album with photos of Hitler with Mussolini, Heinrich Himmler with staff, and children wearing Nazi helmets (OB $2,800).

Special and miscellaneous items will feature a lot of three U.S. World War I standards from the 107th Field Artillery Battalion, with a handwritten account regarding their history by E. F. Wood, Battalion Commander (OB $1,000); and a U.S. Marines World War II Squadron 223 pilot’s coffee mug with painted artwork showing a bulldog wearing boxing gloves (OB $100).

Olympics memorabilia and militaria will merge with the lot of three automobile pennants acquired by an American college student while traveling in Germany during the 1936 Olympic games, plus a maker-marked Olympic pin (OB $275). Also sold will be a “Reale Automobile Club d’Italia” auto plaque from 1936, still attached to the original bumper bracket (OB $100).

Offered at opening bids of $100 or less will be an oval German Third Reich Automobile enameled auto plaque, with eagle and swastika; an enameled Salzburger Automobile Club auto plaque with crowned medieval coat-of-arms over the Salzburg Castle; an “Automobilklub Von Tirol” auto plaque; and a large blue enameled cog wheel made for the “Osterr: Automobil Club.”

U.S. World War I standard from the 107th Field Artillery Battalion, silk with yellow-gold fringe, battle-worn and tattered. Photo courtesy Mohawk Arms.

Rounding out just some of the sale’s expected top lots will be a porcelain character stein of Kaiser Wilhelm II, with the Guarde du Corps helmet for a lid and an eagle for a top, marked “Musterschultz” (OB $1,200); and the personal straight razor of the World War I hero of the American Expeditionary Force, Gen. John J. Pershing, etched with “Black Jack” (OB $300).

Previews will be held at the Mohawk Arms gallery, on Route 20 in Bouckville, every Monday through Friday leading up to Nov. 16, from 9-5 (EST), and on sale days (Nov. 16-17), from 8-9 a.m. The first gavel will come down both days at 9 a.m. A buyer’s premium, which can range from 10 percent to 17 1/2 percent, depending on the final price, will be applied to all purchases.

Mohawk Arms, Inc., is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, a collection or an entire estate, you may call them at 315-893-7888; or, you can e-mail them at Mohawk@MilitaryRelics.com.

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