Auction: WWI Museum; Civil War, Indian War Items

Bob & Sallie Connelly will conduct a World War I Museum Civil War and Indian War Auction with over 500 lots at the Showplace in Binghamton on Sunday May 4, 2014 at 10:00 am , with a preview at 8:00 am.

They are auctioning the contents of Billy Pearson’s World War I Museum together with Civil War and Indian War items. Pearson’s Museum contained items he acquired here and in France, Germany and England. Pearson collected many things, from quilts to pre-Columbian art. But it was his collection of World War I items that he kept to the end. (More about Billy Pearson below.)

Photos of selected items are displayed in an AuctionZip Gallery.

WWI ITEMS: 75 Pcs Trench Art including Outstanding Mantle Clock; 23 Helmets with 5 Spiked and Unusual Shield; 23 Caps; 34 Ordnance (shells, bombs, grenades, mortars); 125 Medals, Patches and Insignias and hard to find Navy and Army Zeppelin   Badges; 21 Aeronautical, 2 German Crosses from Biplane, 2 Gun Sights; 8 Optical, 2 Tank Periscopes; 6 Hate Belts; 5 Uniforms, Over 140 Miscellaneous items including Memory Quilt, Horse and Dog Gas Masks,   Breast Armor, 8 WW I Posters, 6 Photo Albums – 1 by an Australian War Correspondent, Assortment of Miscellaneous Photos, 4 Boxed Sets of Stereopticon Cards, Set of Glass Stereoscopic Slides, 3 Oil Paintings, Ephemera including 8 Documents Pertaining to Lt. Leopold Wergo – 1 dated Dec. 23rd 1936 w Adolf Hitler’s signature and Scrap Books.  Over 300 Battlefield Dug Artifacts including Helmets, Knives, Maxim & Lewis, Ordnance.   

SELLING AT BEGINNING OF AUCTION - 80 Civil War & Indian War Items: 7 Swords, 2 Ames Engraved Officer’s, Navel Saber, 1821 Militia Sword, 5 Surgeon’s Kits, 15 Saddlebags and Haversacks, 2 Saddles, 22 Bits, Bridles and Halters, 8 Powder Flasks, Holsters. 

Additional details, photos, and directions are available in the auction brochure (PDF). A description of the lots in the auction is also available (PDFs). 

Absentee and phone bids for this auction can be submitted using the convenient bidform. Bidders must be pre-registered. First-time NYS tax exempt buyers must complete and submit NYS Resale Certificate ST-120

Buyers of firearms not exempt from Federal Firearms License (FFL) requirements will be charged a $10 fee for a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) search if they don't hold a current FFL. Pre-1892 firearms and those determined to be parts or relics do not require an ATF search.

Billy Pearson (1920-2002) was a successful jockey, quiz show contestant, art dealer and collector. Racing thoroughbreds, he won over 800 races. Self-tutored in art, he won the $64,000 Question, and later the $64,000 Challenge. He was a dealer in pre-Columbian art and had an extensive art collection. In 1996 Arts and Antiques magazine named him one of America’s top 100 Collectors. 

A colorful character with a gusto for life, he married six times and wrote an autobiography, Don’t Look Back. He hobnobbed with celebrities, including Andy Williams, Burl Ives, Edward G. Robinson and Audrey Hepburn. He also appeared in films and on TV. For more about Billy Pearson, the showman, collector, and prankster, read The Jockey and the Showman in Vanity Fair (2009).

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