Mohawk Arms, Auction #81, June 29th
The personal possessions of Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) – the American Naval hero, explorer and Medal of Honor recipient who claimed to be the first person to reach both the North and South Poles by air – will headline Militaria Auction #81, planned for Saturday, June 29th by Mohawk Arms, Inc., online and live in the Bouckville gallery. The full catalog is being uploaded onto the Mohawk Arms website, www.MilitaryRelics.com, along with LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Around 30 lots in the auction are dedicated to Byrd, a pioneering aviator, polar explorer and organizer of polar logistics. The main lot in the collection carries a minimum bid of $10,000 and features his formal dress medal bar of miniature medals, including his Congressional Medal of Honor and Life Saving Medal; four different embroidered gold bullion Navy Pilot’s wings; two pairs of Rear Admiral shoulder boards; 16 three-position ribbon bars and three singles; and gilt commemorative coins for Byrd’s South Pole flight and Antarctic Expedition (1928-1930). The rest of the auction will feature items spanning multiple conflicts and generations: World Wars I and II items (to include American World War II insignias); headgear, including Imperial Austrian helmets; Third Reich flags with many themes; Samurai swords; French swords; Civil War memorabilia; and many other items. To learn more about Mohawk Arms, Inc., and the internet and catalog auction planned for Saturday, June 29th at 9:15 am EDT, visit www.MilitaryRelics.com.
- Ray Zyla