Confederate Army relics lead the parade at Bruneau’s militaria sale Feb. 7

Confederate Louisiana frock coat, estimated at $30,000-$40,000 at Bruneau & Co.

CRANSTON, R.I. – Gettysburg battlefield-found items, plus a Confederate Louisiana frock coat as well as a Confederate shell jacket and shirt, are highlights at Bruneau & Co. on Wednesday, February 7, leading the Historic Arms & Militaria sale. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

“The material in this auction comes from a variety of museums, historical societies and private collections around the country,” said Bruneau & Co.’s Director of Arms & Militaria Joel Bohy.

The sale’s highest-estimated lot is a Confederate States of America Army Louisiana frock coat with a steel gray jean cloth body. Believed to have been worn by Charles Stebbins of the 5th Louisiana, this famous and highly documented uniform coat is one of the finest enlisted Confederate examples known today. The coat comes with extensive research to 1953 when it was purchased by military historian Robert L. Miller. The coat carries an estimate of $30,000-$40,000.

Charles A. Parkins was an Englishman who served in the CSA’s Louisiana regiment during the war and later returned to England, where in 1905 he donated his coat and shirt to the Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich. It was later deacessioned and sold via Sotheby’s in the late 1980s, where it went into the Don Troiani collection. Missing only a single button, these surviving examples of CSA-issued daily battlefield garments are estimated at $30,000-$40,000.

Found on the battlefield after the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, this Confederate officer’s kepi (a cap with a flat, circular top and a peak) would have been issued to a captain of infantry. In remarkable condition, the kepi has passed through numerous collections since, including the legendary collection of Steve Mullinax. It comes with extensive documentation and is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

Also recovered from the Gettysburg battle site is a Confederate Army canteen with a paper label attached, reading Confederate Canteen / picked up on / Gettysburg / Battlefield / 1887 / In a closet / under the / stairs in old / seminary. It has an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

Commonly depicted in movies about the Civil War was the classic Confederate ‘beehive’ wide-brim slouch hat issued to CSA regulars to help protect them from the rays of the sun. Also found at Gettysburg and retrieved by a Union Army soldier from New York, the hat has been depicted in various Civil War collecting guides. It is estimated at $8,000-$10,000.

Full range of ancient art, antiquities and militaria presented at Apollo Sept. 24

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LONDON – Collectors of antiquities, ancient art and material culture know the Apollo Art Auctions name stands for quality and authenticity. The firm’s next event, an Ancient Art, Antiquities and Militaria Auction scheduled for Sunday, September 24, features a wealth of works spanning most of recorded history. Bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

A top prize is the is 2ft 4in Roman marble figure of Cupid (Eros) holding a large bunch of harvested grapes. Finely carved in the round circa 200 A.D., it showcases the artist’s great skill at translating human anatomy to stone. With a provenance to several British and Continental galleries and collections, the estimate is £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735).

The aesthetics of the Chinese Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D.) are captured with exceptional elegance and vitality in a 17in terracotta rider on a horse. With a thermoluminescence report confirming its age, it is estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($4,995-$7,490).

The Gandharan school, which produced the first sculptural representations of the Buddha in human form, is hailed for its artists’ realistic and natural depiction of features “in perfection.” The Kushan period, circa 200-300 A.D., is regarded as its apex. From that timeframe comes two schist carvings: a standing Buddha figure with a halo similar to another in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a relief triad portraying Buddha Shakyamuni attended by the bodhisattvas Brahma and Indra. They are estimated at £12,000-£20,000 ($14,980-$24,975) and £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735), respectively.

Form and function unite sympathetically in a 12in red-figure amphora made in the 4th century B.C. in Apulia, Magna Graecia. Its decorative program includes images of a young lady of fashion leaning on a pedestal fountain, and a nude, winged Eros holding a phiale and tambourine. The vessel’s line of provenance indicates prior ownership by two ancient art galleries and the estate collection of Tony Gilyard in New York in addition to inclusion in a 2020 sale at Skinner. The estimate is £6,000-£9,000 ($7,490-$11,340).

Armaments of ancient warriors and battles, including many swords, helmets, daggers and spearheads, await collectors in this auction. A circa-1st century B.C. to 1st-century A.D. Roman bronze Montefortino helmet is one depicted in numerous reference books and in the catalog for Christie’s 2002 sale of the legendary Axel Guttmann Collection of Ancient Arms and Armour. It is estimated at £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735).

A mighty Viking forged iron sword with a broad blade used to pierce armor or deliver devastating blows in battle has a European provenance that includes the F Haushau collection formed in Germany in the 1970s-80s. Its assigned estimate is £2,500-£3,000 ($3,120-$3,745).

A popular category in every Apollo Art Auctions sale is ancient jewelry. Bursting with history and exquisitely crafted, many pieces are also wearable.

A circa-500-400 B.C. gold ring with a lozenge-shape bezel engraved with a detailed image of a bull is estimated at £6,000-£12,000 ($7,490-$14,980) while a 1st century B.C. Romano-Egyptian hollow-form gold bracelet designed with a Hercules knot and set with a garnet cabochon is estimated £3,000-£6,000 ($3,745-$7,490).

Specialist Dr Ivan Bonchev said: “Egypto-Roman gold jewelry serves as a testament to the cultural exchange and artistic fusion that occurred during the historical period when Egypt was under Roman rule. Combining Egyptian and Roman elements, unique pieces such as this bracelet encapsulate the artistic sensibilities and symbolic motifs of both civilizations.”

Dolphins were sacred animals to the ancient Greeks, who associated the marine mammals with the sun god Apollo. One of the earliest jewelry designs in the sale pays homage to the playful cetaceans: a pair of circa-4th century B.C. Greek Hellenistic gold filigree and lapis lazuli earrings that have a £3,000-£6,000 ($3,745-$7,490) estimate.
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Large Roman marble figure of Cupid holding grapes, circa 200 A.D., estimated at £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Apulian red-figure decorated amphora from Magna Graecia, dating to the 4th century B.C. and estimated at £6,000-£9,000 ($7,490-$11,340) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Circa-1st century B.C. Romano-Egyptian hollow-form gold ‘Hercules Knot’ bracelet set with a garnet cabochon, estimated at £3,000-£6,000 ($3,745-$7,490) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Circa 500-400 B.C. gold ring with an image of a bull, estimated at £6,000-£12,000 ($7,490-$14,980) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Greek Hellenistic gold filigree and lapis lazuli dolphin earrings, circa 4th century B.C., estimated at £3,000-£6,000 ($3,745-$7,490) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Circa-1st century B.C.-1st century A.D. Roman bronze Montefortino helmet, estimated at £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Viking forged iron sword, circa 900-1000 A.D., estimated at £2,500-£3,000 ($3,120-$3,745) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Kushan period Gandharan schist standing Buddha figure with halo, circa 200-300 A.D., estimated at £12,000-£20,000 ($14,980-$24,975) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Tang dynasty terracotta rider on a horse, circa 618-907 A.D., estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($4,995-$7,490) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Kushan period Gandharan schist relief triad portraying Buddha Shakyamuni, circa 200-300 A.D., estimated at £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Revolutionary War powder horn leads arms and militaria at Bruneau, Aug. 5

Revolutionary War powder horn belonging to Richard Andrus, who marched with Captain Abel Pettibone’s 7th Company, 2nd Regiment, to the Siege of Boston in 1775, estimated at $4,000-$8,000
Revolutionary War powder horn belonging to Richard Andrus, who marched with Captain Abel Pettibone’s 7th Company, 2nd Regiment, to the Siege of Boston in 1775, estimated at $4,000-$8,000
Revolutionary War powder horn belonging to Richard Andrus, who marched with Captain Abel Pettibone’s 7th Company, 2nd Regiment, to the Siege of Boston in 1775, estimated at $4,000-$8,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – A powder horn used by a Revolutionary War soldier at the Siege of Boston, a uniform worn by a Confederate captain during the Civil War, and a Civil War-era Missouri First National Confederate flag and sash are a few of the expected highlights in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Historic Arms & Militaria auction slated for Saturday, August 5, starting at 10 am Eastern time and containing 350 lots. In addition to the items mentioned, the sale lineup also features an artillery officer’s coatee worn by Lt. Julius Adolphus De Lagnel in 1847, flintlock pistols and muskets, a large selection of percussion muskets, and socket bayonets. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Fialka M-125 cipher machine with English manual at Bruneau & Co., May 10

1960s Russian Fialka M-125 cipher machine with English manual, estimated at $8,000-$12,000
1960s Russian Fialka M-125 cipher machine with English manual, estimated at $8,000-$12,000

1960s Russian Fialka M-125 cipher machine with English manual, estimated at $8,000-$12,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – A Soviet-era Russian Fialka M-125 cipher machine from the 1960s, in good condition and with a reference manual in English, is an expected headliner in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ 295-lot timed online Historic Arms & Militaria auction closing on Wednesday, May 10 at 6 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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John Wayne, Gene Autry and Gary Cooper’s guns headline at Cowan’s, May 3

Winchester 1892 large loop saddle ring carbine movie gun from John Wayne's production company BATJAC, estimated at $20,000-$25,000
Winchester 1892 large loop saddle ring carbine movie gun from John Wayne's production company BATJAC, estimated at $20,000-$25,000
Winchester 1892 large loop saddle ring carbine movie gun from John Wayne’s production company BATJAC, estimated at $20,000-$25,000

CINCINNATI – Iconic actors from Old Hollywood will be spotlighted through an impressive selection of arms this spring at Cowan’s Auctions. Premiere firearms from revered names including John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Gene Autry and Gary Cooper will anchor Cowan’s Wednesday, May 3 biannual live auction. This sale will present a strong display of the arms of choice of legendary actors, and the weapons that shaped the culture of the Old West and the films they appeared in. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chinese military mail sent from Siberia in 1919 arrives at Chiswick, Mar. 1

An example of Chinese military mail written by a commanding officer and sent from the Spasskoe Garrison in Siberia on May 29, 1919. Image courtesy of Chiswick Auctions
An example of Chinese military mail written by a commanding officer and sent from the Spasskoe Garrison in Siberia on May 29, 1919. Image courtesy of Chiswick Auctions
An example of Chinese military mail written by a commanding officer and sent from the Spasskoe Garrison in Siberia on May 29, 1919. Image courtesy of Chiswick Auctions

LONDON –  Chiswick Auctions will sell the collection of a former British journalist and presumed diplomat who gained access to some of the world’s most secretive countries during the Cold War era. From the 1950s to the 1980s, John Newell spent time in places such as North Korea, China, East Germany, Russia, Tibet, Zanzibar, Alaska, and Panama for both work and leisure at a time when many of these areas were largely off-limits to westerners. The collection will be sold during two auctions without reserves or estimates, with the first part being offered on Wednesday, March 1, and part two scheduled for late July.

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Maj. Donald Brownlow’s WWII relics lead the charge at Mohawk Arms, Dec. 17

General George S. Patton Jr. three-star collar insignia, which he wore during World War II, from the Donald G. Brownlow collection, estimated at $1,500-$3,000
General George S. Patton Jr. three-star collar insignia, which he wore during World War II, from the Donald G. Brownlow collection, estimated at $1,500-$3,000

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – Historically significant examples of militaria spanning multiple conflicts and generations from several collections will come up for bid in Militaria Auction #88 scheduled for Saturday, December 17 at Mohawk Arms, starting at 9 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s Dec. 13-15 Firearms & Militaria auction a virtual survey of American history

Rare-pattern 1760 British light infantry flintlock carbine. Distinctive furniture is of a type seen on carbines recovered from French and Indian War sites. Identical to an example in DeWitt Bailey’s reference ‘Small Arms of the British Forces in America.’ Estimate $20,000-$30,000

DENVER, Pa. – Year after year, collecting firearms and militaria ranks as one of America’s favorite hobbies – and it’s easy to see why. It’s a pastime whose subject matter uniquely crosses history with technology, and it’s accessible to enthusiasts at all levels, from absolute beginner to seasoned pro. A preferred source for arms and military relics from the pre-Revolutionary War era through modern day is Morphy Auctions’ popular Collectible Firearms & Militaria series. The next event produced under this banner is set for December 13-15, 2022 at Morphy’s Pennsylvania gallery. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Military challenge coins evoke pride and camaraderie

A cigar box containing more than 100 US Navy challenge coins, including the pictured Seal Team coin, made $230 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2018. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
A cigar box containing more than 100 US Navy challenge coins, including the pictured Seal Team coin, made $230 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2018. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
A cigar box containing more than 100 US Navy challenge coins, including the pictured Seal Team coin, made $230 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2018. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Challenge coins have a rich history in the United States military, representing  patriotism, sacrifice and honor; and an esprit de corps among those who served their country together. They have been carried by soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Veterans Day provides a fitting opportunity to look closer at these items that are prized by those who earned them and widely admired by history buffs and militaria collectors.

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Morphy’s Nov. 15-16 Extraordinary Firearms & Militaria Auction targets rarest and best

Pair of circa-1978 Ivo Fabbri (Italian) sidelock side-by-side 12-gauge shotguns, custom made with engraved mythological and fantasy scenes by Claudio Tomasoni. The duo has been featured twice on the cover of American Shotgunner magazine (April 1981, June 1986). Beautiful pair of game guns exhibiting the world’s highest standard of quality and design from a company that makes only around 30 firearms per year. Presented in fine two-gun leather luggage case. Estimate $60,000-$90,000

DENVER, Pa. – Two days of unprecedented buying opportunities await bidders at Morphy Auctions’ Nov. 15-16 Extraordinary Firearms & Militaria Auction. A breathtaking 800-lot selection of rare military and civilian arms follows a timeline that runs from the early 18th century through contemporary times. Several lots are historically significant, with ties to Civil War legends and even “The King” himself, Elvis Presley. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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