This is a rare lot, and I would be happy to keep it but. I did not have a reference to price this none comparible! And the worst I can do is say no. VERY HAPPY TO OFFER THIS MUSEUM QUALITY LOT! BY FAR the nicest and most complete WW1 lot I have EVER come across!Coupled with HIS SON'S WW2 LOT, and.. The PHOTOS OF THEM WEARING UNIFORMS TOGETHER!
This came from the estate of the son William S. The WW1 lot was from his father, William C.
Austin, who moved to Brevard shortly after the war from Harrisville, NY. The family owned an art and camera shop in town. And his wife, died in a car crash in 1955. At that time, all of his WW1 items were carefully packed in plastic, and placed in a trunk. The 48 star flag that is included was on his coffin and was also placed in the trunk.
They were not opened again until last month. His son never moved out of the house until recently at age 96, and had no children. These items came together and they should remain together. Austin, enlisted in the 6th US Engineers, company E.He was attached to a pioneer group and was awarded 6 stars for his campaigns and promoted to corporal. He married just after the war and almost exactly a year later William S. Austin, was in the 20th special USAAF group that included the "Enola Gay". There are original photos of that plane.
He served in the pacific theater and was an airman. I cannot list everything that this comes with but I will try to give some highlights and cover what i can.
Uniform jacket w/ patches, marksman, and 6 star campaign badge. Over coat, pants, leg wraps, campaign hat, HELMET, with division insignia and liner. Gas mask in original bag w/ name. Papers giving him orders to leave France.
Original photos of him in France, wearing uniform. Membership cards for 3rd "Marne" division. Box of letters he received while serving, mostly from his future wife (approx 150). Medals for service at Verdun, occupation, 3rd division, St. Welcome home books from Madison county, NY.
Book on atrocities in ww1. Large photo of a friend in his platoon KIA. One of the letters is from his girlfriend thanking William.
Letters sent to him for his promotions and medals. More photos, one portrait of him, multiple of platoon. Stack of photos, RPPC, post cards.
Some photos are gory, many postcards are of buildings. Every pass for his leaves in France and Germany.All of his discharge papers, enlistment, promotions, etc (rolled). Large photo of German POW's. Iron Cross, german button, unknown button, piece of SHRAPNEL story of this? Photos of father and son both wearing uniforms at time of sons enlistment. Bottom row: son William S. 2 uniform jackets (one initialed), campaign hats. Stack of photos (downed japanese planes, japan, etc). 2 original pictures of "Enola Gay". Some interesting photos of downed planes, japan, landing boats, Nazi propaganda, etc.
There is more that I did not mention, but those are the more interesting things. These lots by themselves are very good. Together as a father / son experience they are exponentially so! Every piece is in excellent condition and was packed away for over half a century. Almost none of it seems fragile or yellowed.
I have been collecting my entire life and I have never come across a better ww1 lot or a uniform in better condition with NO holes. You will not be disappointed! Please see photos for description and condition. The item "MUSEUM QUALITY WW1 / WW2 LOT!FATHER & SON, Uniforms, photos, medals, helmet" is in sale since Tuesday, September 06, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Personal Gear".
The seller is "oddballafflictionvintage" and is located in Asheville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.