This is a wonderful and highly sought image from Winchester. Painted circa 1890 by unknown artist the piece was done specifically for Winchester we believe as a display piece for a fair or convention. This particular poster measures 20” x 24” with no bands. The poster does show some light wrinkling overall and has some slight edge wear overall, however the colors are rich and vibrant and the piece shows only light soiling overall. There is no restoration and the piece is the only known example in existence. This particular piece has never come to market and is extremely rare and sought by collectors so look close.
Estimate: $2,500.00 – $10,000.00
WW1 German Ace Adolf Tutschek Cases Blue Max, 1st Class Iron Cross and Pilots Badge Rare
WW1 Ace Adolf Ritter von Tutschek was a professional soldier turned aviator who became a leading fighter ace with 27 victories in the first world war. He was born 16 May 1891 in Ingolstadt, into the noble surroundings of the Bavarian court. After graduation from high school he joined in the “Prince Charles of Bavaria” 3rd Royal Bavarian Infantry Regiment as a Fahnenjager. Von Tutschek's regiment moved immediately into battle when World War I broke.
He commanded a company in France, Belgium, Galicia, Russia, and Serbia. In May 1915 in Gorlice, Poland, he was wounded in the foot by shrapnel. In early 1916, he was promoted to Oberleutnant. In March 1916, he was seriously wounded by poison gas during the Battle of Verdun. Upon his recovery, he requested pilot training.
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He began flying with Jagstaffel 2 on 25 January 1917. Over the next three months, he flew 140 combat sorties, made seven victory claims and had three confirmed. In April 1917 he assumed command of Jasta 12 upon the death of it's commander. After victory number 23 he was wounded in August 1917. Returning to active service, Hauptmann von Tutshek was given command of the new Jagdgeschwader 2. He was given a new Fokker D-1 Triplane painted all green in color. After 4 new victories he was shot down after 27 kills on March 15. 1918 and killed in action.
Here we offer you von Tutschek's original named and engraved cased Pour Le Merit “Blue Max”, engraved on the sides of the maltese cross “Enas Lt. A. von Tutschek 3-8-17, with full neck ribbon. This beautiful one of a kind named piece is in excellent condition. Set in it's original hinged case with locking front. Next we have von Tutschek's Cased silver Iron Cross first class engraved on reverse “Lt. A. von Tutschek.”
Maker marked on pin S-W. Leatherette case with locking front and silver embrossed Iron Cross on lid. Cross retains a nice silver age patina. And our final offering of this great historical set is von Tutschek's cased engraved cut-out pilots badge. Engraved on reverse of badge is “Lt. Ritter A. von Tutschek, 3 August 1917” Maker marked Carl Poellath Schroben Hausen Silber. Also engraved with an image of the Blue Max at bottom. Black leatherette box has label of Carl Pollath on base. Medal and case are in excellent condition.,
Overall a rare one of a kind offering of great historical value in aviation history that will enhance any collection or museum.
Estimate: $30,000.00 – $65,000.00
Colt Third Model Shoulder Stock Provision Dragoon 1858 Production Extremely Rare Variation
This particular Dragoon has all of the correct characteristics of being one of the rarest of all third model Dragoons produced by Colt. The gun features the Colt patented detachable stock hardware which includes the two extra lug screws in the frame. It is also marked with the exceedingly rare “COL. COLT LONDON-“ barrel address of which only a handful are known to exist and all are found in this serial number range.
The gun features a 7 ½” barrel with the correct two leaf sight which was added by colt only for shoulder stock models. The cylinder retains over 50% original scene with the rarer of the two cylinder markings which is “MODEL U.S.M.R. 17482 COLT’S PATENT”. Every screw and inch of this pistol has been inspected and has been found to be correct. The stocks are original with left grip having a slight chip out of the toe.
The bore in the gun is in fair condition with moderate to heavy frosting but does retain good overall rifling. The serial numbers are all matching and the gun functions well in dry operation. The pistol has an overall plum finish with some light silvering to the high edges. This is an extremely rare Dragoon variation and would certainly be a highlight of any collection so look very close. Sn# 17482 Antique No FFL Required
Estimate: $4,500.00 – $16,000.00
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