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WWI Dough Boy painted camo battle helmet, well done depicting a American Patriotic Shield with crossed canons and his name & regiment painted across the brow of the helmet “Corporal Emil Mosel – 47th Artillery” 152nd Regiment. The helmet liner is intact with makers label in the crown and number #1810 stamped inside the brow. Remarkably fresh and a superb display piece from WW I



WWII American Soldiers ‘War Trophy” captured Nazi police helmet painted “ St Nazaire, France – April 7th, 1945” with a red star at crown and Nazi Military emblems intact . St Nazaire was the last battle on French soil against the Nazi Occupation, a small pocket of German Troops still entrenched there were hit with napalm one of the first uses of this deadly weapon. The German soldiers surrendered in what was to become the last battle on French soil during the war.



1930 Rommel Afrika Korps - ‘2’ desert Pith Helmets with Afrika Korps insignia and makers labels. An interesting and original set of both types of these rare desert helmets worn by Rommel’s Tank Corps in the Mid-East during the early days of WWII the pair



DWM 1902 Luger Sporting Carbine 7.65mm .30 cal Luger with matching Shoulder stock serial # 24657 and tools and cleaning rod with original sling, sharply marked DWM Waffen Manufactory. A limited number of these rare Lugers were ever produced utilizing the long frame and characteristics of the 1900 parabellums. The original checkered diamond cut grips are near mint as is the bore and the entire gun. This 7.65 was the preferred caliber for accuracy for both Europe as well as South America, and a three-hundred meter front sight made this gun all the more accurate. This carbine was made to compete with the Mauser Broomhandle models and other light weight rifles in European market. A Masterpiece only 2500 were ever produced, well cared for and an important addition to an Advanced Luger Collection with 99% original finish & mint bore. (later wood case for display: Provenance: Tom Armstrong Collection) CCR* serial #24426 recently sold at RIA.



WWI German Navy Submarine ‘ 9th Torpedo Boat Squadron” hat identified to Heinrich Schmidt inside the crown of the Halb Flotilla Squadron, with elaborate makers advertisement inside the hat “ Willhelm Spechtmeyer Uniform Munzen Fabric Eferen”. This was the 1st war to fully utilize submarine warfare to wreak havoc against the Allied Forces Navy and Merchant Marine ships.



The Original HQ Field Flag of the Lafayette Escadrille - the most famous American Fighter Squadron of World War I of young Americans Pilots who volunteered to go to France and fight the Germans in 1916 before America entered the war. Their exploits in France as patriotic young American fighter pilots became legendary.

Historically important and certainly the Top Historical Flag of the 1st World War a magnificent Showpiece approximately 36 x 36 inches made of polished cotton with silver metallic fringe, with a large American Indian Chief wearing a war bonnet (this is the same motto as painted on their fighter planes ) hand embroidered at center surrounded by American Stars. This flag is very similar to the one in the collection of the United States Air Force museum which is made of silk, the Indian Chief is different and most importantly this flag is made of cotton more suitable for field use than silk, light stains from usage, some silver fringe is missing again from field use, a remarkable and very beautiful Head Quarters flag made for and used by them in France (The recent Movie “Fly Boys” by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is about the Lafayette Squadrons daring Air Battles over France)



The Memphis Belle US Army Air Force perhaps the most famous B17 bomber of WWII. Original from life photographs of each of the crew taken in 1944 when the flew around America for a War Bond drive, signed by each member of the crew in 1944, pictured is Captain Jim “ Stuka” Vernon. These all came from Captain Robert Morgan’s estate and are believed to be unique (7 Signed Photographs).



Southeast Asia US Army Airforce pilot’s “Blood Chit” printed on linen and sewn inside American A-2 Flight jackets offering a reward for helping a downed American Pilot. Printed in 7 different Languages French, Laotian, Thai, Vietnamese (Annam), Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Announces that help will defeat the Japanese enemy and serial numbered 30860. Very Fine as these were first issued to Chennault’s Flying Tigers over China pre-1940, this one is obviously latter in the war 1944-45 during the Japanese occupation of Vietnam and Laos. approximate 8 x 10 inches.



Allied Forces “Safe Conduct Pass” for surrendering Japanese soldiers and signed Commander and Chief Allied Forces (MacArthur) depicting Japanese in a simpler way of life working in the fields as rice farmers rather than being killed as soldiers “ The Bearer has ceased resistance. Treat him in Accordance with International Law, C & C Allied Forces”.



Mauser Baby Luger “Prototype serial No. 1” with magazine also serial No. 1 7.65 cal. on a Swiss frame 29/70. This very gun is Illustrated in Parabellum page 3 as being built in 1974. Accompanied by 10-page letter of Authenticity by Mauro Baudino the Mauser Company Historian, headed Mauser Parabellum “Baby” 10.000001 stating that is among the rarest models ever produced by Mauser in the history of the Parabellum. A Unique one of kind Luger CCR* .



Nazi SS Prinz Eugene “UnIssued’ SS officer’s sword still in the Eickhorn Factory wrapper never opened and never issued, captured from the Eickhorn sword factory as a War Trophy at the end of the war. Absolutely mint and never issued and still in its original wraps with the original sword factory label “Eickhorn – Sollingen, No. 1765 Swastika & Eagle” unopened and untouched since May 1945, a tremendous War Trophy.



Nazi Germany Mint - Hoard of Silver Coins, captured from the Reich Bank at end of war, still in the original wrapper and never opened. The Nazi government stopped all coinage with precious metals when WWII began in 1939. Contains 40 uncirculated 90% silver 5-mark coins with Hindenburg on one side and the Nazi Eagle and Swastika on the other. Minted in 1938 in Berlin only a few of these intact and unopened rolls of silver 5-mark coins exist. A great War Trophy of Nazi Silver Coins in their original rolls from the German Mint, as after the war all coins depicting the Nazi symbol were banned by the Allied Military Governments and these coins were ordered to be melted down greatly reducing the survival rate of these original rolls. (sealed roll of 40 silver coins uncirculated, size of a US Half Dollar).



Black Sheep Squadron - Remington .45 Model 1911 pistol – Carried by US Marine Corps Fighter Pilot Lt. Henry Bourgeois he flew with “ Pappy Boyington” in some of the most daring air battles of WWII

The Black Sheep Squadron – The most famous and iconic American fighter squadron of WWII this pistol was carried by a US Marine Aviator in the famous “Black Sheep Squadron”. Serial # 1992289 in excellent functional condition as issued to and carried by Lt. Henry Bourgeois USMC on his combat missions while flying his Corsair fighter plane and throughout the war. Their squadron was formed by just 27 young men in August 1943 commanded by Major Boyington who had just returned from China having flown with the equally famous “Flying Tigers”. Their heroism and air to air kills is the stuff of legend. They were latter awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism in action. Lt Bourgeios later flew USMC Jet Fighters during the Korean War where his squadron was the 1st engaged and transitioned from Corsair to the new US Jet Fighter, and rose thru the ranks he retired as Lt. Colonel USMC in 1961 an American Hero & Patriot.(accompanied by Letter of Provenance from his daughter and photograph of Lt. Bourgeois and other Black Sheep pilots with their commander Pappy Boyington)



Colt .45 Model 1911 – Prototype pen and ink drawings on linen by Colt Gunsmiths at the Colt factory from 1910 to WWII. A series of 65 original mechanical drawings from the 1st Model 1911 with Improvement up to WWII

Colt Model 1911 – The most famous and iconic American pistol in the history of WWII.

Designed by John Browning and tested in 1910 and accepted by the US Army on March 29, 1911 this .45 single action semi-automatic pistol became the gun of the US Army from WW1 thru WWII and Korea/Vietnam over 2.7 million were issued to US soldiers. These original Colt factory drawings illustrate and document this guns’ progressive design and improvements, the 1st drawings are dated 1910 when it was being tested for the army contract and chronologically detail the improvements made over the next twenty years. Each drawing is signed by a Colt Factory gunsmith or mechanical draftsman and documents the creation of the most important American pistol of the 20th Century. Historically important and worthy of research and publishing (65 original 18 x 24-inch design drawings, ink and red pencil on linen).


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