25 January 2017
The auction house based in Canterbury will be hosting its latest auction on 7-8 February and includes items such as a .50 calibre machine gun.
The latest auction from Canterbury Auction Galleries will feature over 100 lots from the collection of the late Richard Marsh.
This includes deactivated .50 cal machine guns on tripods, MG 34s, MG43s and other WWII weapons, boots and caps. There will be many WWII German uniforms including the tunic and greatcoat of Field Marshall Erwin Von Kleist, commander of Operation Barbarossa, and the last of Hitler’s Field Marshals to die (in Russian captivity 1954).
Other lots include a George V, WWI Military Cross and Bar, to Temp. 2nd. Lt. David Liddon Howard, Machine Gun Corps. The reverse of the medal is engraved Guillemont, September 1916, contained in a mauve leather covered case of issue and with black and white photograph and twelve copy pages of handwritten War Diary or Intelligence Summary, 21-28 March 1918, detailing actions and movements. The entry in the London Gazette, 20 October 1916 read, "For Conspicuous Gallantry in Action. He brought three machine-guns into action 40 yards from the enemy and stopped their attack dead. On another occasion he did similar fine work."
Estimate price is £400-£600. Something a little more affordable is a group of three George V, WWI medals to 877 Sjt. H. Petitt, 2nd London Regiment, comprising the 1914-15 Star, 1914-1918 War Medal and Victory Medal, and a George VI Territorial Efficiency Medal, Bdr. C.W Pettitt, plus a selection of cap badges and medallions contained in stained wood display cabinet. Estimate for these is £100-£150.
See more details about the lots at www.thecanterburyauctiongalleries.com