CRANSTON, R.I. – Bruneau & Co. will hold an online Summer Historic Arms & Militaria auction Thursday, July 21, starting at 6 pm Eastern time. It is loaded with more than 300 lots of historic objects dating from the late 18th century forward, with special emphasis on World Wars I and II, plus a selection of uniforms from a private collection. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
This will be the fourth Historic Arms & Militaria auction for Bruneau & Co. in the recently formed Arms & Militaria department headed up by director Joel Bohy, a seasoned veteran of the arms and militaria scene. “It’s been some time since I’ve seen some of these arms in this condition and quality,” he said, adding, “This is a great opportunity to pick up some rare items.”
The catalog is packed with military antiques and historic arms curated from estates across the country. Lot #1 is a British pattern 1788 light dragoon saber and scabbard, estimated at $500-$700. Few examples of Britain’s first regulation pattern light dragoon saber survive with their original scabbard.
A World War II Pacific Stars and Stripes Model 41 U.S. field jacket, an olive drab cotton field jacket with captain’s bars on the shoulder straps, two patches on the left sleeve and a green wool lining, has an estimate of $200-$300. Also, a World War II U.S. correspondent’s group that includes a fixed bale M1 helmet, a Model 41 field jacket with war correspondent patches on both sleeves, an “Ike” jacket with patches, a shirt, trousers and side cap has an estimate of $400-$600.
Two European weapons from the 1880s will come up for bid. One is a German Mauser Model 71/84 rifle and bayonet, the rifle 11x60R caliber with a walnut stock and the bayonet having a grass hilt, steel blade, leather scabbard and frog, estimated at $500-$700. The other is a British Model 1884 Enfield revolver, .476 caliber, with walnut grips, blued finish, a bright crisp bore and marked on the frame with a crown above the phrase “V.R. Enfield/1884/II.” Its estimate is $800-$1,200.
German World War II rifles will include a circa-1943 G.41 rifle, 8mm, serial #4645a (all matching), with a laminated stock and a receiver ring marked “G.41 duv 4645a” with a 214 waffenamt above, plus a cleaning rod, estimated at $2,000-$2,500; and a G98/40 bolt-action rifle, made in Hungary around 1944, 8mm, serial #6090 (matching), with a laminated stock marked on the butt, a stamped waffenamt, a cleaning rod, hood and sling, estimated at $700-$900.
Also on offer is a circa-1941 World War II USMC Johnson Model 1941 rifle and bayonet (missing the scabbard), .30-.06 caliber, serial #B6943, having walnut stocks, a dark parkerized finish, marked on the top of the receiver with patent dates and the words “CAL. 30-’06 Semi-Auto / Johnson Automatics / Model of 1941 / Made in Providence, R.I.,” and a parkerized bayonet. Its estimate is $2,000-$4,000.
Two World War II rifles with identical estimates of $800-$1,200 are on offer. The first is a circa-1939-1945 Japanese Type II paratrooper rifle and bayonet, 7.7×58, serial #10110, with a walnut stock, blued finish and a receiver ring with intact chrysanthemum; and the second is a circa-1938 Russian Tokarev SVT-38 rifle, 7.62x54R, serial #YE393, with a walnut stock and blued finish. It is in overall good condition, with the action functioning properly.
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