BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – Historically significant examples of militaria spanning multiple conflicts and generations from several collections – including items from one of the finest Adolf Hitler collections assembled since 1945 – will come up for bid in Militaria Auction #88, an Internet and gallery auction scheduled for Saturday, December 17th, by Mohawk Arms, at 9 am Eastern time.
The catalog is brimming with items that will appeal to seasoned collectors and novices alike, online and live in the gallery on Route 20 in Bouckville, in upstate New York. The full catalog will be up soon, at www.MilitaryRelics.com, plus LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
Headlining the auction is the collection of Donald G. Brownlow, who arrived in Normandy with the second of American troops storming Utah Beach during World War II. By the end of the war, he’d won five Battle stars, was wounded at the “Bulge”, was captured by the Nazis and escaped, rose to the rank of Major and accumulated evidence used at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials.
When he returned to the States, Brownlow pursued a teaching career, built a serious collection, wrote ten history books and visited German military figures on yearly trips to Europe. He forged friendships with Hasso von Manteuffel, Leni Riefenstahl and Adolf Galland, Admiral Donitz, Lucile Jodl, Luftwaffe and Navy (U-Boat) Knight’s Cross recipients, plus other WWII notables.
Hitler-related items in Mr. Brownlow’s collection include a gold bullion Fuhrerstandarte, a 1910 signed Adolf Hitler watercolor with Peter Jahn provenance, a portrait of Hitler by Fritz Erler, a portrait of Geli Raubel, Hitler silverware and tableware, linens, porcelain, crystal, glassware, a signed letter and documents and personal items, as well as a “Deutschland Erwache” standard.
Also sold will be the cased Oak Leaves/Swords of Gen. Hasso von Manteuffel (with recipient’s provenance), Gen. Patton’s collar stars (with provenance), a circa 1910 Mexican Palace Guard dress helmet, Pearl Harbor items, U.S. Civil War swords/leather goods/battlefield relics, Imperial German helmets and swords, daggers, swords, helmets/headgear, medals, armbands and books.
Perhaps the rarest item in the collection is the Adolf Hitler’s original watercolor painting of Schottenkirche on the Freyung (a part of old Vienna) is considered by the acclaimed authenticator Peter Jahn to be one of Hitler’s largest and best paintings, exhibiting his talent regarding architectural drawing. The painting is signed “A. Hitler” lower right and dated “1910”. It surfaced in 1974 and has a minimum bid of $12,000.
An oil portrait painting of Geli Raubel, the attractive daughter of Adolf Hitler’s stepsister, commissioned by Hitler, who was smitten with her from their first meeting in 1928 and leading up to her tragic death by suicide in 1931, has a minimum bid of $7,500. The 26 ¼ inch by 20 ¼ inch image presents a side profile of Raubel in a classic pose. The work is signed “Fritz Ehle”.
The original cased Oak Leaves and Swords presented to German Gen. Der Panzertruppe Hasso Eccard von Manteuffel for his Knights Cross award, along with a typed business card in which he gifts the Oak Leaves and Swords to Mr. Brownlow, a typed social letter to Mrs. Brownlow, and two 5 inch by 7 inch photos of Manteuffel (one signed) carries a minimum bid of $25,000.
An attractive framed three-star insignia worn by Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. during World War II, plus a photo of Patton when he visited West Point, and a US Third Army shoulder patch (formerly under the command of Gen. Patton) has a minimum bid of $1,500. The collar insignia were acquired by a friend of Mr. Brownlow’s in 1945, who was a tailor for Eisenhower’s staff.
A Mexican “Palace Guard” officer’s dress helmet – German-made in the classic style of the Imperial Era – boasting a solid black leather body with age toned gilt brass chinscales, visor trim, spine, trichter/base and large Mexican eagle/snake frontplate, has a minimum bid of $4,700. It’s a rare, circa 1900 helmet, with correct type Mexican colors rosettes and black horsehair brush.
A perfect example of a classic Confederate “dog-river” Cavalry sword, having a straight type brown leather grip wrapped with iron wire and a 34-inch curved blade that has a fuller which disappears into the ricasso, has a minimum bid of $1,000. The small brass throat is scratched with Roman numerals “XLVIHI” and the scabbard was painted silver about a hundred years ago.
A 1936 Olympics Berlin Bear street banner measuring 73 inches by 31 inches, with the traditional black standing 23 inch by 12 ½ inch Berlin Bear occupying the center, has a minimum bid of $250. The banner is accompanied by the original 1955 donation letter to “Clarence R. Rungee / The International War Flag Museum”, concerning the request of a flag for Berlin.
A Japanese antique wakizashi with 18 ½ inch curved delicate blade, gray with black splotches and gold “cat’s paw” scratched habaki, has a minimum bid of $950. The piece has an unusual engraved tsuba, with a sage and tiger (the face, hands and tiger are gold). The reverse is engraved with images, one of which appears to be a shark. The wood scabbard has a tortoise shell pattern.
Mohawk Arms’ next big Internet and catalog auction after this one is planned for the spring of 2023, probably sometime in April. The company typically conducts two large sales annually.
Mohawk Arms, Inc., is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item or an entire collection, you may call (315) 893-7888; or, you can e-mail them at Mohawk@MilitaryRelics.com. To learn more about Mohawk Arms, Inc., and the Internet and gallery auction planned for Saturday, Dec, 17th, visit www.MilitaryRelics.com.
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