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.
IDENTIFIED GROUP OF THE 339th INFANTRY (POLAR BEAR)
REGIMENT - This is a group from a highly sought after unit. One of
only several to have been sent to Russia during World War 1, stationed
at Archangel, Northern Russia and took part in some tough fighting.
They were stationed there as a deterent to the revolutionaries during
the Russian revolution. Group is from Pvt. William J. Patterson -
Company F, 339th Infantry (mustered in the Detroit, Michigan area).
Group consists of his WW1 helmet (missing chin strap) with the painted
symbol of an "S" (for Siberia) over 'AEF' (some soldiers painted their
helmets white with a black Polar Bear), a picture postcard of Patterson
and a fellow soldier (ID'd on reverse in pencil), a Camp Custer souvenir
postcard album (their training camp), and (4) badges. One is the 'Polar
Bear Association' membership badge, on the reverse "North Russia /
A.N.R.E.F. / 1918-1919", the second is a named 'Polar Bear Reunion'
badge for the 1922 reunion in Detroit, the 3rd is his WW1 Victory medal
and the 4th looks to be a 1929 Detroit reunion badge (ribbon is in poor
condition) but does not state that on the badge. The bad part on these
last two badges is that at some time Patterson must have decided they
would look better shiney so had them chromed and I'm guessing that it
may have been at that time when the Russia bar came off the Victory
medal. Items from this regiment don't come around often.
U.S. WORLD WAR ONE VICTORY MEDAL -3 BARS - Standard WW1
Victory Medal with three campaign bars: Somme Offensive, Ypres-Lys and
Defensive Sector Good condition.
32nd DIVISION GROUPING - BATTERY D -119th U.S. FIELD
ARTILLERY - INCLUDES PERSHING HOBNAIL TRENCH BOOTS!!
- Red Arrow Division from Michigan, George A. Lough. Group
includes 10 letters home (3 of which have decent content about
moving the Germans back), helmet with the Red arrow painted on
(heavily faded and this also has the name of Jack C. Hart written on
the underside of the rim, guessing they mixed up helmets at
discharge), a 'yard long' photo of the 119th FA (this will be shipped
without the frame - photo only), gas mask (one broken eye lens)
with bag and the best of all, Lough's Pershing model hobnail trench
boots. These are tough to get, run a fortune on their own. These still
have the mud caked in places on the bottom of the boots. Also
included is a 1918 Dedication Program from Alpena, Mi., a 119th FA
Dinner Ticket and a Thank-You Booklet given to the soldiers before
VICTORY DAY RIBBON FOR WORLD WAR I - Beautiful tapestry (similar to
the Stevensgraph) style Victory in European War ribbon in excellent condition!! I
really don't think there is a flaw on the thing!
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
WWII JAPANESE CHINA INCIDENT MEDAL IN BOX WITH
PHOTO OF A JAPANESE SAILOR WEARING ONE - Photo
approx. 3" x 4 3/8" - no markings on reverse as to ID. Medal is
in box (approx. 2 3/8" x 4 3/8" x 3/4"). Medal still retains much
gilt and ribbon is very strong on color.
$ 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 time).
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.
WWI GERMAN AIRCRAFT TAGS - ONE FROM THE PLANE
- ONE FROM THE ENGINE - German aircraft tags from a
downed German aircraft in France. The serial designation of
'CL' tells that it was a 2 seated armed biplane fighter used for
mainly escort support and ground attack. The second tag was
from the engine showing that it was a Daimler built Mercedes
motor. Through research, I found that these particular
engines were mainly below 200 HP and were the normal
engines used in these type of fighter plane. Additional photos
show a restored engine with tag and mounting location.
Condition is good on both tags but have a dark patina.
WWI - 129TH MGB ID BRACELET / NO CHAIN - Approx. 1 1/8"
high X 1 15/16" long. Sterling silver ID bracelet tag without the
chain for Lieutenant R.W. Atkeson - Co. A, 129th Machine Gun
Battalion. Some tarnishing - VGC
WWI - 30TH DIVISION PAINTED HELMET WITH ID - Helmet
has painted 30th Division insignia on front, retains headband
liner and chin strap. Also has a painted ID on the underside of
the rim which I can't quite make out but might be easier for
others. The 30th Division was part of the AEF taking part in the
battles of La Selle, St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne. Twelve
Medal of Honors were awarded to their membership.
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.