WORLD WARS I & II
FRENCH SWEETHEART BRACELET - Bracelet made of cheap metal having 4 coat of
arms links(similar to the bust in the Verdun medal listed on this page) with 5 city or
battle links: Thionville, Mulhouse, Strasbourg, Altkirch and Mets. very good condition
but shows some wear.
MEDAL FROM THE TOWN OF VERDUN TO THE SOLDIERS -
Leather case, medal and dedication sheet. The Town of Verdun had
these struck for the soldiers that triumphed over the invading German
Army. These were designed within a year after the battle. this
particular medal is without a suspension hole or ring. I've not seen
these before with the sheet explaining the medal.
RARE WORLD WAR 1 PILOT'S WINGS - SAN
FRANCISCO MAKER - WWI Pilot's Wings are rare enough
to find to begin with let alone one made by SHREVE & CO.
(San Francisco). This is sterling silver with the US in the
shield made of solid gold. These designs were not standard
between manufacturers and Shreve has a distinctive pattern
unique to that maker. The hallmark on the reverse is
somewhat 'smudged', no doubt by the replacement of the
pinbar (close to what the original looked like but not quite)
but with a glass one can see the remainder of the correct
markings. The 3 vent holes on the reverse are another
Shreve trait. Only other Shreve marked wings I've seen for
sale went on Ebay in Sept., 2015 for over $1200.
WWI DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS BANNER -
Approx. 11" x 17" polished cotton banner which no doubt
would have been used at the veteran's reunions. Have several
of these and all of them are as nice as this is. Very nice
$ 24. ea.
WWI AEF HOLIDAY CARD FROM SOLDIER IN FRANCE - Approx.
3 3/4" X 4 3/4" Holiday card for the Christmas, 1918 and New Years,
1919 season. Pre-printed as being from the American Expeditionary
Force in France and signed by E. Brendlinger (no info on him at this
CANADIAN 82ND BATTALION C.E.F. 1915
CALGARY - Large photo - mount size 10" x 12"
showing Co. C. The 82nd was merged into the 9th
Reserve Battalion which left for Great Britain in 1915
and was used to reinforce the troops in the field. Stain
on the lower right of the mount and a few light stains
along the bottom of the photo. Somewhat of an
uneven cut along the bottom of the mount.
CANADIAN SOLDIERS - 8 HAVE CANES - Large
photo, mount size 9 3/4" x 13 3/4", a very light
photographers stamp on back from Victoria, British
Columbia. Expected wear along edge of mount.
SCOTTISH NATIONAL RED CROSS HOSPITAL
1914 - Large photo, mount size 9 3/4" x 12"
showing nurses and 6 soldiers with the Red Cross
sign clearly visible. Family notation on reverse with a
1914 date. Mount has wear along edges and a tear
(not affecting the photo) on the lower right corner.
WORLD WAR ONE PERIOD MESS KNIFE - CAMILLUS - This is
considered a 1917 edition mess knife by Camillus in New York.
They were first distributed during Christmas of 1917 to the troops in
Europe. Well made (as Camillus is known for). Blade is in very nice
condition, spoon is in a used condition, wood is VG. Spring pressure
for both knife and spoon is VG.
WORLD WAR ONE TANK CORPS CARVED CANE -
One of the more interesting canes I've had, approx. 34
3/4" in length and carved from a hard wood. The grip
is carved into what I would call a dragon head, the eyes
being carved separately and inserted into holes. Carved
into the cane is "TANK CORPS / U.S. ARMY /
FRANCE / 1918" and opposite that is the owners
initials "W.S.B.". Also has 5 bands of carved diamonds
and circles. Looks like the bottom was carved down to
add a tip no doubt to protect the wood from wearing
down but the added tip is no longer there. Great WWI
soldier's folk art carving and from the newly formed
Tank Corps yet.
HMS HOOD SOUVENIR ASHTRAY FROM
GANGWAY - There isn't a more epic and devastating
naval battle during World War 2 than the one against
the British Fleet including the H.M.S. Hood and the
German battleship Bismark. The Bismark placed a
perfect shell that completely destroyed the H.M.S. Hood
with heavy loss of life. This does not include the
original box that it was packaged in but that box label
states that on the final voyage, the gangway was left
behind and these commemorative ashtrays were made
from the brass treads of that gangway. Just this past
September one was sold on Ebay for over $300 with the
box. This one, without the box and in need of cleaning
(if desired) is much less. Made by Greatrex, Ltd. in
1938 NAZI GERMANY - AUSTRIA DISTRICT COUNCIL BADGE -
NSDAP "One People, One Reich, One Leader - 1938" labeled on a
ribbon draped across the map of Germany and Austria. Made of zinc
and manufacturer's marking on the reverse of F. Mannheim. Pin is
intact, reverse in good condition while front contains the typical zinc
oxidation. Much of black finish around map relief is worn out. Not
pristine but an honest piece.
WWI SHEET MUSIC - CAMP CUSTER MARCH ONE-STEP
Published in 1917 - 4 pages. Nice color cover showing a
beautiful image of General George Armstrong Custer and a
scene from Camp Custer which is just on the outskirts of Battle
Creek, Michigan. Very good condition.
MARCH, 1938 LETTER - MAYHEM IN EUROPE - First hand
account of an American traveler in Austria writing of armored
cars in the streets and the border crossings closing to Jews.
Interesting letter. Full transcript in 'Additional Images' page.
1937 SELFRIDGE FIELD, MICHIGAN - Probably more for the
local historian, 37 photos and a 1937 Christmas Dinner menu /
program for the 27th Pursuit Squadron at Selfridge Field, Mt.
Clemens, Michigan (north of Detroit on the shores of Lake St.
Clair). Named for Thomas E. Selfridge who was the first man
killed in a power aircraft crash in 1908 while flying with Orville
Wright in Virginia. It became a World War I aircraft training
center in 1916. Charles Lindbergh was stationed here just before
and after his famous Atlantic flight in 1927. The base has quite
a history and in 1971 the Air Force turned it over to the
Michigan Air National Guard who occupies it today. Photos
show numerous aircraft from the biplane to the late 30's modern
aircraft as well as the original buildings (that still stand today).
Menu has bends and wear.
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1918 - WORLD WAR I PHOTO ALBUM OF CAPTURED
GERMAN ORDNANCE - Unfortunately the soldier that owned
the album is not known but from some of the inscriptions on the
backs of the photos we know they were taken in Bayonville and
Waville, France. There are 16 photos mounted in the album,
NOT pasted but mounted with corners. Each photo is approx. 3
1/8" x 5 1/2" (except one). One interesting photo shows two
American GI's holding two German Mauser 13.2mm anti Tank
guns (the only anti-tank gun used in WW1 - with a straight on
shot was capable of penetrating almost 3/4" of armor). There are
some that have descriptions penciled in on back: 'Boche
Anti-Tank Guns @ Bayonville', 'Boche 150mm Howitzer', Boche
Mountain Guns', 'Munitions Dump near Camp', Boche -
Reinforced Concrete Bunker Under Construction - Waville'
Boche Locomotive Hit by Shell'. Nice album.