Auction News – Manion’s January 2009 Auction

 Each month, Manion’s International Auction House, Inc. features several select items that are currently open for bidding at their Web site ( In an effort to show current sales and pricing trends, MT is happy to be able to report on the sales of those featured pieces.  Prices realized do not include buyer’s premiums.
    Be sure to look at Manion’s full-page ad in this month’s issue to see what interesting items are currently offered for sale. For more information on buying or selling through Manion’s International, call Manion’s at 866.626.4661 or 913.299.6692 or


Mauser 9mm Luger S/42 1938
Mauser manufacturer code with 85% original blue
remaining and finish rub to muzzle and side plate.
VG bore with excellent grips and all matching parts
except magazine. A fine example of 3rd Reich Luger
made by a leading manufacturer. Sold – $2250

USN Engraved Purple Heart with case and citation
Split brooch, hand engraved medal named to “Amon
W. Gates RM 1st Class”. Comes with Navy Presidential
Unit Citation ribbon with star. Also includes in wood
reinforced case showing some wear.  Sold – $602

British 1842 Pattern Musket with Bayonet
Successor to the famous “Brown Bess”, this musket was an
interim design pressed into service when a large quantity of
converted Long Land Pattern muskets were destroyed in a fire
in 1841. .75 Caliber Smoothbore .39” barrel. “Tower” and
crown “VR” marked to lockplate. Brass trigger guard, nose
cap and buttplate. Lock is still functional. Comes with a most
impressive socket bayonet. Muskets of this pattern served the
Empire in various colonial uprisings, the Crimean War and the
US Civil War. Missing both sling swivels, which shouldn’t be
too hard to replace. A real piece of history. Sold – $555

USAAF 373rd Fighter Squadron Insignia and Photos
Features a 3-1/2” diameter leather patch with hand-drawn profile
of a P-38 with leather name tag –  “Lt. C. J. Paynter”.  Also includes
embroidered jacket patch picturing a comical animal character
hurling bombs from P-38. Photo of pilot standing beside P-38 with
nose art “Miss Chief”, a shapely woman in a swimsuit and Indian
headdress. Other photos include a young AAF officer, a unit photo
with a P-38 in the background, crewmen standing beside the
engine housing, on which is painted in a shark’s mouth design
usually associated with P-40s. Sold – $375

DAF Staff Leader Badge with Oakleaves
Badge is 35 mm tall, and dark silver color
metal construction with oak leaf border.
Blue & black enamel front w/some scuffing.
Pin back, and marked “RZM M1/102”;
an interesting example of item worn by
leader of WWII German labor party.
Sold – $1308

Kriegsmarine Range Finder
Optical viewer made by Carl Zeiss Jena, marked
“TM.C/4 NR 39” Upper viewfinder provides image
of objects to viewer’s left. Lower viewfinder presents
horizontal number scale, adjustable by knob on the
 left side. Measures 7-1/4” overall length. Black
 leather unmarked carrying case included. Sold – $720

Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure Third Class
with Neck Ribbon, Lapel Button and
Named Photo.
This Third Class example measures 55mm, features
polished white copper to gold plated center. Yata
Mirror affixed to dark blue enameled ground within
a gilt beaded inner and double-raised outer ring,
encircled by a super-imposed attached necklace of
red paste jewels connected by red lines, on a cross of
four sets of five white enameled rays. The plain
reverse has the usual four characters “order of merit
decoration” arranged in a square in the center, a
small rivet head on each of the four arms, with a
mint mark on the lower edge. It has a gold-plated
suspension loop in place. The 37mm wide watered
pale green cravat has a 4mm yellow stripe 3mm from
each edge, has gold-finished clasp in place. The lapel
badge is also included as is black lacquered case and
original photo of Army higher-ranking Officer in dress
uniform wearing this type of decoration about his neck,
with hand-written ID below. Sold – $800

Iraqi Crest China Bowl
Indicative of china items brought from high-ranking
Iraqi palaces and estates. Measures about 5-3/4” in
diameter, scalloped features with gilt embossed 1965
pattern of the Iraqi national crest. Made in Japan with
Noritake mark to the bottom. Sold – $100

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