Morton Kuehnert musters militaria at auction Sept. 15

Medieval-style steel and chain mail suite of armor. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers.

Medieval-style steel and chain mail suite of armor. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers.

HOUSTON – More than 300 lots of items rich with America’s 20th century military history will be on the auction block Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. Central at Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers. The collections belong to the estate of the late John Henry Kirby III, grandson of Texas oil and lumber tycoon John Henry Kirby. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The collections include military guns, knives, uniforms, headgear and equipment. There are also military memorabilia items (photos, paintings, newspaper articles, blueprints), a collection of military pins and patches, a collection of model airplanes, a collection of walking canes and miscellaneous military items such as blasting machines, Hamm radios and field equipment.

Kirby, who died in 2009, was an avid aviator who owned and flew vintage aircraft. He was a longtime member of the Commemorative Air Force, CAF West Houston Squadron and a renowned authority on World War I and World War II history.

Some of the collection pieces include: a power master crossbow, 1917 U.S. Remington Bayonet, a World War II South Pacific three-piece harpoon, a Japanese wooden training sword, Randall knife with leather scabbard and horn hilts, Bowie knives, a 1930 German or Belgian bayonet, knife hand-forged from a railroad spike, and two1873 U.S. muskets and one bayonet. Also, two curved Nepalese Gurkha knives, a large number of wartime headgear from the United States, Germany and England, a U.S. wood model of Colt, Vickers Moore 1915, oil lamps, Lion No.1 blasting machine, a model submarine, World War II gun cleaning kit, Native American kachina dolls, Japanese dolls, and numerous pieces of artwork.

For details, contact Tricia Kuehnert-Gillespy at tricia@mortonkuehnert.com or 713-827-7835.

 

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Luftwaffe flight helmet. Estimate: $400-$600. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers.

Luftwaffe flight helmet. Estimate: $400-$600. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers.

 

Pair of ivory tusks on wooden stands. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers.

Pair of ivory tusks on wooden stands. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers.

German Luftwaffe flight suit. Estimate: $850-$1,150. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers.

German Luftwaffe flight suit. Estimate: $850-$1,150. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers.