Cowan’s Summer Firearms and Accoutrements auction features two days of quality items covering a wide range of collector interests. Featuring an eclectic selection of historic militaria, including trench knives, swords, long guns, and a variety of uniform accessories, lots included in this auction are perfect for completing the finishing touches of nearly any collection.
Day one of the auction will feature numerous collections of military and civilian awards from the First World War to the modern day from a wide range of national origins. This portion of the auction will also include a U.S. flag flown from PT 502 during Operation Overlord in June 1944, the monumental military campaign that signaled the beginning of the end of Nazi power in Europe (Lot 203). In addition to this important piece of American history, day one will include an excellent selection of classic military arms such as U.S. Trapdoor Springfields, M1 and M1903 rifles as well as an array of handgun collector favorites U.S. M1911 and P08 Lugers.
Day two will include an impressive collection of sporting long arms and handguns. Of special interest are a cased set of Set of Texas Sesquicentennial Winchester Model 94’s with bowie knife (Lot 586), one of a limited run of only 150 sets. Day two also features a Case Commemorative Set of Winchester Model 94 and Colt Single Action Army (lot 585), ivory-gripped Colt Beasley (804), and British 1871 Pattern Royal Dragoons helmet (950).
Serving in the European Theater of World War Two from June to November 1944, PT-520 participated in numerous actions against German sea and air forces in the English Channel and coast of France. This flag was present during its participation in Operation Overlord, where it was assigned to the “Mason Line”, a net of defensive measures on the western flank of the invasion preventing the attack of German ships. PT-250 was stationed two to three miles from Omaha and Utah areas, sweeping for mines and performing search and rescue operations. After the success of the invasion, PT-520 continued to operate along the French coast, rescuing downed pilots, fending off aerial raids and engaging German minesweepers and fast attack craft. The log states that during its operational career, the vessel sunk two R-Boats, two E-Boats, and one “T.L.C.”
The flag was used by PT-520 until August 25, when it was removed due to both it and the radio antenna suffering damage from a direct hit on the craft’s starboard side by a 40mm explosive shell during an engagement against a German convoy escorted by minesweepers. It was removed by several sailors, including Coxwain James Marcantonio, who kept it as a memento along with a copy of the ship’s log book, which details the activities on board the vessel during its term of service.
The log covers November 1943-December 1944, detailing not only Marcantonio’s career, but the daily activities of the craft, including passengers, targets engaged, damage reports and other notes of military importance. A typed transcript is included, with additional commentary and clarification of events by Marcantonio.
Lot includes 34″x52″ flag, copy of log book, transcript of log book with commentary, copies of discharge papers, and photographs of PT-520 and its crew. Also includes notarized affidavit of authenticity.