Conflicts of the 20th Century

Bonhams London
New York

Date of the auction: 29.01.2021

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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 addition of an amateur-sewn linen anchor design and waves to upgrade the vessel to Auxiliary...

Price: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

DUNKIRK GROUPING: THE STERN RED ENSIGN AND OTHER RELICS FROM THE SS ARULUEN.

Turner, Robert, Chief Officer SS Aruluen, during Dunkirk. [The red ensign flown from the stern of the SS Aruluen on her trip to Dunkirk.] An interesting grouping collected by Chief Officer Robert Turner on the Aruluen during Operation Dynamo, comprising: 1. The British woolen Red Ensign that flew from the stern of the Aruluen, with the Union Jack at upper left canton, with a red ground. This is...

Price: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR II: RAF SCRAMBLE BELL.

[British, manufactured 1939, and in use 1939-45.] A Cast Brass bell, with dark varnished wooden handle, stamped with government marks, a crown and initials AM below, and a contract Number B20306/39, slightly tarnished, a few light knocks, and miscasting slurs. Height 240 mm, diameter 145 mm. (6 inches) An official government-made RAF scramble bell, made in 1939, and used at a British RAF airbase...

Price: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR I: ROYAL AIR FORCE ENSIGN.

[Ministry of Defense, England]: dated [19]39. A woolen RAF ensign flown from RAF Debden, in Essex, England, presumed to have been flying during the Battle of Britain. The flag with the Union Jack at upper left canton, light blue ground with the RAF roundel in red, white and blue, with a short halyard, the hoist stenciled "RAF 39". Some discoloration and wear. 830 x 1860 mm. (32.5 x 73 inches...

Price: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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 special certificate from the Trustees of the Douglas Bader Association thanking a Mr Thrusell for...

Price: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

GERMAN U-BOAT CHART OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC.

Quadratkarte Nord Atlantischer Ozean. Nr 1870 G. Kartengruppe, Kriegsmarinewerft, Kiel: Dated 1938, with manuscript note 11/41. A 3-color lithographed German chart of the North Atlantic, official stamps on the verso, the chart with a red line delineating the North Atlantic zone for U-Boat cover, the chart with a green overprint grid sectorizing the sea areas into coordinated squares (ie ES35 or...

Price: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR II: WALT DISNEY. "THE VANISHING PRIVATE."

Walt Disney Productions. Three preliminary pencil sketches of Donald Duck marching in uniform, taken from the short cartoon, Vanishing Private. [Los Angeles: c.1942.] Three preliminary pencil sketches from a Donald Duck marching sequence, that ends a short cartoon titled "the Vanishing Private," each with five peg holes and numbered in pencil 3.5 and 6. Slight discoloration to the edges. 250 x...

Price: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR II: BRITISH HOME FRONT PROPAGANDA POSTERS.

A collection of eight Home-Front British propaganda posters. Britain, Ministry of Health and Others: [1939-44]. Including "Every Rivet a Bullet," "Post much earlier this Xmas," "Dig for Victory," "Caring for Evacuees is a National Service," "Make Nursing your War Job," "Mothers let them go," "She is in the Ranks too," and "Help the City Children." WITH: Five military posters including "Britain's...

Price: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR II: US RADIO WAR NEWS BROADCASTS.

Raborg, Major Paul. 1886-1956. A volume of radio broadcast news scripts on the Progress of the War, written and read by Major Raborg. Broadcast on the International News Service, and Radio WINS, New York, March 26th 1943 - May 22, 1945. A bound volume containing 182 scripts for radio broadcasts, each between 2 and 6 leaves in length, a total of 697 leaves. 4to. Carbon copies, some with manuscript...

Price: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

STARS AND STRIPES NEWSPAPER, MEDITERRANEAN ISSUE.

Italy Issue: June 1 - November 9 1944. A Bound volume of c.130 issues of the Stars and Stripes, in either 4 or 8 sheets versions. Folio. The newspaper documenting the progress of the War in Europe and in the Pacific, some issues with a special supplements for Readers Digest or Colliers Overseas. The paper somewhat browned and the edges sometimes fragile, a few small clean tears to margins. An...

Price: US$1,200 - US$1,800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

USAAF: THE NORDEN BOMB SIGHT.

A Mark XV model Norden Bomb Sight, M9 sighthead. Carl L Norden inc, USA: in production 1932-1950, this example, number 2458 of the 1942 order. A Norden Bombsight Mk XV M9 with observation eyepiece and eye cushion, gyro, and various dials and knobs to turn to calibrate. the instrument. Mounted on the original wooden base of a carrying case, with a strap across the sight to secure it. Weight 30lbs...

Price: US$1,200 - US$1,800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

D-DAY: HISTORIC 48 STAR AMERICAN FLAG. CARRIED BY EDWARD ZANE MCFADDEN...

McFadden, Edward Zane "Mack". 1922-2002. [carried by McFadden into Normandy late May 1944.] A 48-star American flag, lightweight cotton. 990 x 1500 mm. (39 x 59 inches.) Slightly discolored through age, the fly blown out at upper right corner. Provenance: Edward "Mack" McFadden; by descent to his daughter (provenance note); Gift to a family friend; Gift to a US military employee. An historic flag...

Price: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

D-DAY: OMAHA BEACH VETERANS GROUPING.

A Collection of relics belonging to Alfred Wenham, a British sailor on a British LCA operating in support of the American landing at Omaha Beach. [British and American: June 6th 1944.] An important Grouping of relics collected by Alfred Wenham, a British sailor on a LCA at Omaha Beach. The Collection comprises; 1. A small 48 star flag, hoist unmarked, reputed to have been given to Mr Wenham by a...

Price: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR II: 48 STAR US NAVY JACK FLOWN FROM LST 420 ON THE NORMANDY BEACHES.

[USA: c.1943-44.] A United States Navy Jack, woolen construction with 48 cotton stars, double appliqued with a zig zag. Hoist stenciled "Union Jack", and "LST 4[20]," with an added HMS. Four war period brass grommets. Some discoloration, the fly partially blown out with minor loss. 810 x 1160mm. (32 x 46 inches.) The US Navy Jack often described as a Union Jack, was one of the 3 official flags...

Price: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR II: THE US ENSIGN FROM USS PLUNKETT.

[USA: 1941-45.] A United States woolen Ensign (Stars and Stripes), from USS Plunkett DD-431, a Gleaves Class Destroyer, 48 linen stars sewn on each side, the hoist stenciled "US ENSIGN 9 DD 431". 4 oxidised grommets. Some staining and a few holes through age. 1110 x 1980 mm. (43 x 66 inches.) A fine US Naval Destroyer's flag. The Plunkett is named after Rear Admiral Charles Plunkett, and was laid...

Price: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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 manufacture, the hoist stenciled "1939", blue white and red vertical stripes. Some staining and...

Price: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR II: OMAR BRADLEY IN WESTERN EUROPE.

Cutler, Nathan, Official Photographer to Omar Bradley. The Nathan Cutler archive of Photographs of Omar Bradley in Western Europe. [Europe: November 1944-July 1945.] A collection of 279 photographs of Omar Bradley in Western Europe (including approximately 30 duplicates), taken by Nate Cutler, Bradley's official photographer. The images chronicle the military life of Bradley, the Commander of the...

Price: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

BATTLE OF BASTOGNE: Acting Commander of the 101st Airborne defending Bastogne.

McAuliffe, Anthony Clement, 101st Airborne Division. 101st Airborne Shoulder Patch together with a typed letter signed by McAuliffe, in ball point pen, 8vo, to Mr Georges (a resident of Bastogne), dated June 13, 1956, thanking him for his letter of June 2nd, and thanking him for sharing his experiences during the Battle of Bastogne, and particularly for saving the lives of the two American...

Price: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR II: BATTLE OF THE BULGE.

Directional road sign "BANDE 1K". [Belgium: Recovered from a cross roads near Bande after January 1945.] Double-sided enameled road sign, white letters on dark blue enamel ground, taken from a road junction 1 km from the hamlet of Bande. possibly from the junction were Rue Tahee and the main road to Bande meet. Dark blue enamel base with slightly raised white enameled letters, 89drilled holes to...

Price: US$5,000 - US$8,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

BATTLE OF THE BULGE: DIRECTIONAL ROAD SIGN, "NEUFCHATEAU 49K."

[Recovered from a road junction north of Neufchateau, in the German occupied sector of the Ardennes, after January 1945.] Double-sided enameled metal road sign, taken from a major road junction north of Neufchateau, probably from a main road north of Bastogne due to distance from Neufchateau. The sign with a blue ground base with raised enameled white letters, 9 drilled holes to secure the sign...

Price: US$5,000 - US$8,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR II: BATTLE OF THE BULGE.

Directional road sign "Libramont 3K." [Recovered from the area outside of Libramont, Belgium, after January 1945.] Double-sided enameled road sign, taken from a road junction 3km from Libramont, possibly from a cross roads east of Libramont at Presseux. Dark blue base with white enameled letters, 9 drilled holes to secure the sign. The sign showing serious rust and wear, some rusted areas due to...

Price: US$5,000 - US$8,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

BATTLE OF THE BULGE RELIC.

Stone, Charles Eber. Artist and cartoonist. 1923-2000. Cartoon of a German General and young private. Gifted to the Knopes family in Arlon, Belgium by Private Charles Stone: dated January 4th [1945.] Cartoon of a German general and a young Private, pencil on sepia paper, signed "Pvt. Chic Stone (Belgium-Jan4)." 265 x 203mm. With a typed inscription below "A la famille Knopes- Souvenir des heures...

Price: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

BATTLE OF THE BULGE: WATERCOLOR OF THE 17th AIRBORNE DIVISION'S ATTACK ON...

Blair, Robert Noel. Artist. 1912-2003. "Battle for Monte in the Ardennes." Painted in a Liege Hospital, Belgium: A Battle Scene for January 5th, 1945, painted in the "3rd week of Jan. 1945" A dramatic and vivid battle scene, in watercolor on thick grey paper, of a wintry daylight scene in the Ardennes, with a tank and ground support troops attacking a village on a hill, the land around covered...

Price: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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 corners partially blown out. Together with a smaller later 48 star American flag, metal grommets...

Price: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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. [n.d.] A color-printed poster on thin paper, in 4 sections, the text on upper and lower margins on...

Price: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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 original string lanyard. Length 200mm. 8 inches. Provenance: War Museum. Two lethal weapons, part of...

Price: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR II: AN OSS DUMMY "OTTAWA" FOUNTAIN PEN/DAGGER

A clandestine fountain pen, containing a steel spike weapon. [USA: 1942-45.]. A normal-looking green-cased clandestine fountain pen, marked Ottawa, and "made in U.S.A." on the brass banding, hiding inside a concealed metal spike with blood groove. Total Length 135 mm. 5.5 inches; spike length 70 mm. 2.75 inches. A rare wartime American OSS clandestine pen, with a concealed spike for either self...

Price: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR II: A CLANDESTINE OSS WRISTWATCH WITH COMPASS.

An Office of Strategic Services compass/wristwatch. [USA: 1942-45.] An OSS wristwatch, with a false face, the letters somewhat crudely marked in brown, with winding knob, one hour hand, but lacking the minute and the second hands, the watch set in a cheap metal case, the back plate hinged to open and reveal a small round compass, for direction finding. Original leather strap worn and slightly...

Price: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

WORLD WAR II: CLANDESTINE OSS PIPE DAGGER.

[USA: c. 1942-45.] An American OSS (Office for Strategic Services) secret agents' pipe dagger, length 143mm. 5.5 inches. An apparently regular wooden pipe, the mouth piece detaching to contain a steel stabbing spike, the blade length 60mm. 2.5 inches. An unusual and rare OSS agents' secret dagger concealed within a regular pipe. This was a particularly brutal weapon, which at close quarters was...

Price: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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 sight, and then whipped out, creating a dangerous weapon...

Price: US$600 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021