J. James Auctioneers & Appraisers, in conjunction with The Exchange of Plymouth, Mass., is pleased to offer an unprecedented collection of militaria for sale at public auction on April 26 at Plymouth Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, Plymouth. This collection is part of a museum deaccession that has been stored unseen and untouched for decades. Many historically significant and valuable pieces will be brought fresh-to-market and include rare and important military uniforms and accoutrements of the 17th and 18th Centuries, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish American War, Indian Wars, WWI and WWII.
Important uniforms of the American Civil War include a pair of General Officer Frock Coats, A rare Chasseur pattern artillery shako (one of only 10,000 produced during the war), Union officer Kepis, and a NY State Artillery Shell Jacket. Two wartime presentation swords, one Union, presented to Joseph Emery Fiske Jr. Captain, 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Division, Dec. 1863, captured at Plymouth, NC, he was imprisoned at Columbia, SC and another Confederate sword presented to Lieutenant E.H. Johnston, 2nd Maryland Cavalry Division, on July 4, 1863.
A highlight of this sale is a three-piece uniform, fore and aft cap and gilt etched sword attributed (with family provenance), to United States Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819), who defeated the British Royal Navy in the famed Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. This important group will be offered for sale in three separate lots.
Another uniform certain to generate interest among military collectors is a decorated formal dress uniform attributed to U.S. Army General Omar Nelson Bradley (1893-1981), the last of only nine individuals in history to have earned the esteemed rank of five-star General in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II Bradley, nicknamed “The G.I.’s General” commanded over 1.3 million troops in Europe, the largest number of soldiers to have served under a U.S. Field Commander.
Beginning with Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939, the Second World War involved nearly sixty-one countries with over seventy-two million deaths by its end in 1945. This collection includes a large array of World War Two uniforms, field gear, insignia and awards.
Some important pieces include: German Officer uniforms attributed to SS-Brigadefuhrer, Dr. Friedrich Johann Wimmer (1897-1965), General der Panzertruppen, Heinrich Eberbach (1895-1992), Kriegsmarine Admiral, Erich Forste (1892-1963) and SS-Gruppenfuhrer and Generalleutnant der Shutzpolizei, Arthur Mulverstadt (1894-1941), the latter having gained the dubious notoriety of becoming the first SS General to be killed in action during World War Two.
Admission to the auction is free and open to the general public. Preview Hours will be held 10 AM-6 PM on Friday, April 25th, and 9-11 AM day of sale in the Exhibition Room at Plymouth Memorial Hall. Online bidding is available through Invaluable.com and AuctionZip.com, and absentee bidding may be arranged by calling 508-746-8608. For more information, please visit their website at WWW.JJAMESAUCTIONS.COM.