Conflicts of the 20th Century

Bonhams London
New York

Date of the auction: 29.01.2021

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WORLD WAR II: BATTLE OF BRITAIN.

40th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, 1940-1980. Bath: The Military Gallery, 1980. 4to, folder style album, comprising an introduction signed by Douglas Bader, 28 biographies of the most celebrated living pilots of the Battle of Britain, each signed by the subject, one loosely inserted, with a

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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PACIFIC THEATER: RAF CBI BLOOD CHIT.

S.E. Asia: 1942-45. A rectangular white rayon cloth, printed on one side with the British Union Jack flag at upper left, with texts below in English and other languages, "Dear Friend, I am an Allied fighter. I did not come here to do any harm to you who are my friends. I only want to do harm to the

Lot #: 59

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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A gold painted plaster bas-relief plaque of the Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima. [Washington: c. 1950-54.] A plaster bas-relief plaque of the Iwo Jima flag raising, this example painted in gold. 285 x 240mm. (11 x 9.25 inches.) Provenance: The Estate of Felix de Weldon; The War Museum, and exhibited

Lot #: 63

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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JAPANESE TYPE 92 FIELD TELEPHONE.

[Japan: 1940-45.] A standard Type 92 Japanese military Field phone, with separata metal ear and mouth pieces, and winding crank, drop down front panel, and hinged lid, the phone encased in a wooden box, the inside of the lid with instructions in Japanese, metal label on the front panel with makers

Lot #: 68

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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JAPANESE IMPERIAL MILITARY LACQUERWARE.

[Japan: 1930-45] A Collection of red and black commemorative military lacquerware pieces, comprising 4 trays to carry sake cups, in both red and black, 5 plates with the same pattern, and 3 sets of 3 different sized bowls, 2 of these sets in their original wooden boxes; together with 4 miscellaneous

Lot #: 74

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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WORLD WAR II: SIGNED ENOLA GAY PHOTOGRAPH.

Collection of 54 photographs of the USAAF in Europe and the Pacific, including a photograph of the Enola Gay signed by Paul Tibbetts. USA: 1940s. Various sizes, including a color photograph (later printed), signed and dated by Tibbets, "Paul Tibbets, Pilot 6 Aug, 1945," creased on right hand side

Lot #: 80

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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WERNHER VON BRAUN & GERMAN ROCKETRY.

A fine collection of signatures relating to Rocketry, including; 1. VON BRAUN, WERNHER. RAF Rocket Mail cover signed by von Braun, postmarked April 3, 1971. Also signed by WILLY MESSERSCHMITT and HERMAN OBERTH. 80 x 130 mm. (3 x 5 inches.) 2. FIESLER, GERHART. 50th Anniversary of the King's Cup Air

Lot #: 107

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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50 STAR AMERICAN FLAG.

[USA: Annin Defiance brand, 1960s.] A 50 star American flag. 920 x 1550mm. Hoist with Annin Defiance label 100% Cotton bunting, marked "3 x 5" (feet), brassed grommits , woolen sewn stars. Some light discoloration. Together with a French National Flag, horizontal blue, white, and red stripes, in

Lot #: 108

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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GERMAN POLICE STAHLRUTE (steel whip).

[Germany; 1939-45.] Steel handle enclosing two steel coils with a weighted head, marked "Sipo" on the handle cap, the steel whip extending from 165mm to 415mm. (6.5. to 16 inches.) Provenance: War Museum. One of the basic weapons for a German police officer, which could be held in the hand out of

Lot #: 54

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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A JAPANESE IMPERIAL NAVY PARADE SWORD.

[Japan: 1940-44.] A Japanese Naval Officers sword, with dulled steel blade, without tsuba, a composite and wire over wood grip, wood-lined metal scabbard with one mounting point. Some corrosion to the outside of the scabbard, lacking the pommel and the two securing pins on the handle. Length 900 mm

Lot #: 70

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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KOREAN WAR: JAPANESE NATIONAL FLAG OVERPAINTED BY JOHN KIRALY, MARINE...

[Japan/Korea: the flag c.1944-45, with overpainting c.1952.] A rayon Japanese flag, 870 x 720mm. The flag over painted on one side and titled "First Marine Air Wing. John Kiraly," and the red circle labelled "Marine Fighter Squadron" One Fifteen" with the insignia, the flag decorated in ink and

Lot #: 89

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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"Admiral's desk" Submarine model presented to Vice Admiral Earle W. Mills.

[Washington: c.1946.] A painted metal late WWII submarine model, in grey and green, mounted on a wooden plinth with a name bar "Vice Admiral Earle W. Mills'. Length of submarine 420mm, wooden base 510 x 100mm. (20 x 4 inches.0 Together with a period framed photograph of the Vice Admiral, head and

Lot #: 92

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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COLD WAR: GEORGE WASHINGTON CLASS NUCLEAR SUBMARINES.

Two shipyard-made presentation models, of George Washington Class Nuclear submarines. [Groton, Conn.: c. 1959-60.] The two made-to-scale shipyard-made, full hull models, one chrome-plated bronze, the other cast bronze, Lengths 270mm and 245mm. Provenance: War Museum. The George Washington Nuclear

Lot #: 95

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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US JAPANESE-AMERICAN INTERNMENT POSTER: CIVILIAN EXCLUSION ORDER.

Western Defense Command and Fourth Army Wartime Civil Control Administration. Instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry living in the following area: all of that portion of the City of Los Angeles.. Presidio of San Francisco, California, May 22 1942. Official military poster printed in black

Lot #: 58

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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US NAVY UNION JACK AND CEREMONIAL US 48-STAR FLAG.

[1944-45.] A nylon late World War II period US Navy Union Jack, blue ground with 48 embroidered stars, with a turn in to take a pole at the header. 1300 x 1700 mm. (51 x 67 inches.): Together with a large WW2 period 48-star woolen ceremonial National Flag with a gold tasseled fringe, and turn in at

Lot #: 67

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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JAPANESE IMPERIAL MILITARY SAKE CUPS.

[Japan: 1920-45.] A Collection of approximately 128 small commemorative porcelain sake cups, in white, red, blue and green, diameters c.45mm. Each painted with a design denoting a Japanese Army Regiment incorporating an arrangement of helmets, flowers and national flags. A few cups very lightly

Lot #: 73

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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KOREAN WAR: UN FLAG.

[USA: 1950-53.] A large UN Flag, of cotton wool mix, unmarked hoist, blue grey ground with the UN device stenciled in white on each side. A few holes to extremities, light fading. 950 x 1550 mm. (29 x 60 inches.) A curious UN flag, with the UN symbol applied in white on the flag with a stencil

Lot #: 87

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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CUBAN REVOLUTION: A FIDEL CASTRO MEDALLION.

De Weldon, Felix, Artist and sculptor. 1907-2003. A medallion of Fidel Castro commemorating the Liberation of Cuba. New York: 1959. A bronze medallion, the obverse displaying a head profile of Fidel Castro in his characteristic military hat, with text on rim reading "Libertad Cubana / Dr. Fidel

Lot #: 104

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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VIETNAM WAR: A VIET CONG AP BAC VICTORY FLAG, BUGLE FLAG, SHOULDER PATCH...

[Vietnam: 1963.] A fine Viet Cong grouping, comprising. 1. A three piece cotton Viet Cong Victory flag with yellow star and text reading "Lúc lương vợ trang cái lấy chiến tháng Áp Bác 1963" ["The Armed Forces take Ap Bac victory 1963"]. 2. A cotton Viet Cong bugle/car flag with white star and string

Lot #: 105

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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DUNKIRK: A COLLECTION OF FLAGS FROM THE "LITTLE SHIP": PADDLE STEAMER...

[The blue ensign flag flown on board during the Dunkirk crossings, May 26th to June 4th. A fine Grouping of relics from the Paddle Steamer Medway Queen, comprising: 1. The Medway Queen's Royal Navy Auxiliary Service woolen Blue Ensign, the canton a Union Jack with a royal naval blue ground, with the

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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LIBERATION OF PARIS GROUPING.

A French National Flag and several booklets relating to the Liberation of Paris. [The flag reputed to have been brought to Paris and flown during the Liberation Parades by a British soldier on August 25th 1944.] An interesting grouping, comprising: 1. A 1940s National French woollen flag of British

Lot #: 40

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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48 STAR AMERICAN FLAG.

[Annin and Co.] with Sterling all wool bunting label, c.1940s. A World War II period 48 star woolen American Flag, linen stars sewn to each side, z stitched, canvas hoist with the Sterling label and marked "4 x 6"(feet). 1170 x 1700mm. Slightly faded and stained through use, upper and lower right

Lot #: 48

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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WORLD WAR II RUSSIAN ANTI-GERMAN PROPAGANDA POSTERS.

[TASS News Agency, Moscow: 1942-45.] A fine collection of 3 wartime Russian propaganda posters issued by the News Agency TASS, and distributed to be pasted on walls or hung in a home or office, comprising; 1. Plotnov, Andrei Ivanovich. 1916-1997. Breslau vzyat1 [Take Breslau]. OKNO TASS No 1167

Lot #: 49

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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WARTIME SECRET SERVICES: OSS EXPANDABLE STEEL SPRING BATON AND LEAD...

[USA: 1942-45.] An OSS (Office of Strategic services) expandable steel spring baton (cosh), with its original green leather handle and rope lanyard. Length of baton extended 420mm. Together with; An OSS lead weighted "Sap," or truncheon, the lead covered in woven rope, and painted black, with its

Lot #: 50

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT.

Forrestal, James. Naval teletype message from SECNAV to ALNAV announcing the news of the death of President Roosevelt on 12th April. US Naval Communications Office, Banana River, Florida, 13APR45. Teletype message, 8vo. Marked priority with pencil annotation at upper right M.U.U. Old fold lines with

Lot #: 55

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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PEARL HARBOR: A FRUIT BOWL FROM THE U.S.S. ARIZONA.

Newcastle, PA: [c.1930.] A Shenango China United States Navy fruit bowl from the USS Arizona, the rim stamped USN. Diameter 175 mm. (7 inches.) The base stamped with the Shenango name and device, and stenciled in black under the glaze, "USS Arizona." Some light marks and wear through use. All items

Lot #: 57

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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FELIX DE WELDON, SCULPTOR 1907-2003.

"The Flag Raising on Iwo Jima" Statue. [Italy: 1945.] A cast metal small statue of the first Iwo Jima Monument, modelled on the famous "Raising of the Flag" photograph by Rosenthal, and built and erected in the Washington Mall in 1945. This model lettered "The Flag Raising on Iwo Jima" along one

Lot #: 62

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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IMPERIAL JAPANESE ARMY: SHIN GUNTO OFFICERS SWORD.

A Type 98 Officers Shin Gunto sword. [Japan: 1943-44.] A ceremonial Japanese Army sword, with a dulled steel blade, tsuba and handle, two brown tassel cords, the scabbard of painted wood, with painted-metal decoration, and one mounting point. Length 970 mm. 38 inches. The Type 98 was adapted from

Lot #: 69

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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JAPANESE ARMY WINTER MITTENS.

[Japan: 1941-45.] Two pairs of Japanese Army leather mittens, a winter pair for extreme cold, with padded liner and rabbit fur cuff, the other, a late war pair, with leather hand section, but with a cheaper cardboard cuff; Together with a leather flying helmet, kid lined, with its leather strap; and

Lot #: 72

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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KOREAN WAR: SOUVENIR DECORATED SCARF AND GROUPING.

Main Cities in Korean war. [Korea: c.1950-51.] A printed and hand-stenciled decorated rayon scarf. 510 x 590mm. (20 x 23 inches.) The scarf decorated with a map of North and South Korea, with Korean scenes around the margins, upper left titled in stencil "To my dear mother from your son." Together

Lot #: 88

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021