More militaria than you can 'shake a Japanese sword at' auctions online



2015-06-26 12:33:31

More militaria than you can 'shake a Japanese sword at' auctions online

Morton Kuehnert is auctioning around 300 lots including rare antique guns, knives, and uniforms

More than 300 lots of military memorabilia items rich with America's 20th century militarial history will be on the auction block Thursday September 15 at Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers.

This Medieval-style steel and chainmail suit of armor is estimated at$2,000-$3,000

The collections belong to the estate of the late John Henry Kirby III, grandson of Texas oil and lumber tycoon John Henry Kirby. Online bidding will also be available.

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.

These will auction alongside Bowie knives, a 1930 German or Belgian bayonet, a knife hand-forged from a railroad spike, and two 1873 U.S. muskets and one bayonet.

 This German Luftwaffe flight suit is among the sale's other period highlights

Also for sale are two curved Nepalese Gurkha knives, a large number of examples 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.

The sale will take place in Houston, Texas, US.

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