Illinois militaria auction offers more than 300 grenades

UNION, Ill. — Donley Auctions, an auction house located in Northern Illinois, has announced an upcoming auction of Guns and Military items including more than 300 grenades. The auction takes place Oct. 20-21, beginning each day at 10 a.m. CST, at the company’s headquarters at 8512 S. Union Rd., Union, Illinois. A preview event on Friday, Oct. 19 from Noon-8 p.m. will provide interested buyers with a sneak peek at the collection. Interested buyers can bid online at or in person. 

John Czerlanis with grenade. Photo courtesy Donley Auctions.

John Czerlanis with grenade. Photo courtesy Donley Auctions.

The auction features in excess of 1,300 items, including a collection of over 300 global grenades from World Wars I and II. This is the personal collection of John Czerlanis, a long time grenade collector. Czerlanis wrote a short letter to the bidders of the grenades.

“I’ve been collecting Inert Ordnance for approximately 40 years. My collection is comprised of mainly grenades from all corners of the world. I would guess 85% came from Europe. I always tried to upgrade my collection whenever possible.

I tried to be as accurate in my description and value of each piece. I believe in preserving history. I found ordnance fascinating. Unlike firearms, grenades are used once then they are gone, making them a rare collectible.

I am auctioning my collection due to health reasons. May you enjoy them as much as I did. I hope you feel as I do and preserve them for future generations.

Good luck in your bidding!

Keep collecting.

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