Texas Museum of Military History/The Sam Nesmith Collection

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Burley Auction Gallery is proud to present the Texas Museum of Military History Auction/The Sam Nesmith Collection, Saturday, October 26th. Sam Nesmith was an archaeologist, curator & researcher for the Alamo, the Institute of Texas Cultures, & the Texas Memorial Museum before becoming the director & curator of the Texas Museum of Military History which currently supplies many museums with artifacts including the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin. Sam was an active member of the Company Of Military Historians, Sam authored & co-authored numerous publications and books on Texas and Spanish Colonial era archaeology & history. Sam took part in numerous excavations at the Alamo Plaza & the Goliad battlefield.

The vast collection features 100s of rare & historic firearms, Serial No. 75 Colt 1911, plus a rare Singer 1911, & many more rare historic firearms. Hundreds of military uniforms from the Civil War to WWII. American WWII uniforms, early British, Imperial Japanese, Nazi German, French & Italian WWII uniforms. Over 40 WWII leather flying jackets, Texas colonial bronze cannon, Vietnam War guns & uniforms, & MUCH more! Many of the items have been displayed in numerous museums throughout Texas. 15%BP TX#15184

Auction Preview Friday, October 25th Noon-6:00 PM & Saturday 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Auction Start.
All items sold as is where is. See photos for condition, email info@burleyauction.com or call 830-629-9280 (Prior to sale day) if you have specific condition questions.

Winning bidders will receive an invoice on or before the TUESDAY following the auction.
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WWII 6 French Helmets503 - WWII 6 French Helmets
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WWII 6 French Helmets
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to damynke2 for (500.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 575.00
 
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Italian Dragoon Helmet c.1900504 - Italian Dragoon Helmet c.1900
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Canvas cover with cross on front
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (500.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 575.00
 
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1880 French Hussars Tunic505 - 1880 French Hussars Tunic
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"Aristod Boyer Marseille" stamped inside
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (150.00 + 22.50) x 1 = 172.50
 
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Imperial German 19th Hussars Blue Tunic506 - Imperial German 19th Hussars Blue Tunic
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Pre-1914 enlisted tunic
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to mataprsk for (300.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 345.00
 
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Imperial German Hussar Attilla Uniform Tunic507 - Imperial German Hussar Attilla Uniform Tunic
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pre-1914
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to floor for (325.00 + 48.75) x 1 = 373.75
 
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British Uniform Tunic508 - British Uniform Tunic
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British Uniform Tunic
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to floor for (350.00 + 52.50) x 1 = 402.50
 
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French Hussar's Tunic509 - French Hussar's Tunic
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pre-WWI
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to floor for (250.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 287.50
 
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French Hussar's Uniform Tunic510 - French Hussar's Uniform Tunic
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French Hussar's Uniform Tunic
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (150.00 + 22.50) x 1 = 172.50
 
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British Royal Horse Artillery Uniform Tunic511 - British Royal Horse Artillery Uniform Tunic
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pre-WWI
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to 15HD for (200.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 230.00
 
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French Navy Tunic512 - French Navy Tunic
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Anchors on collar tabs, embroidered piping on sleeves
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (75.00 + 11.25) x 1 = 86.25
 
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Pre-WWI Italian Officer's Blue Dress Uniform513 - Pre-WWI Italian Officer's Blue Dress Uniform
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Pre-WWI Italian Officer's Blue Dress Uniform
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to floor for (400.00 + 60.00) x 1 = 460.00
 
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US Model 1912 Holster For Colt 1911 Pistol514 - US Model 1912 Holster For Colt 1911 Pistol
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"US" stamped on outside flap inside incised double oval, below stamped "56". Back is stamped "HEIDRICH" and another un...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to floor for (125.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 143.75
 
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U.S. Army Eagle Snap Pouch Mills Web Belt 1918515 - U.S. Army Eagle Snap Pouch Mills Web Belt 1918
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Has built in metal hangar. Stamped outside "41" and "MILLS" 1918" on inside. Snaps have U.S. Army eagle on them
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (300.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 345.00
 
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US WWI Web Belt Army Eagle Snap Pouches516 - US WWI Web Belt Army Eagle Snap Pouches
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Snaps have U.S. Army eagle on them
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to floor for (275.00 + 41.25) x 1 = 316.25
 
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US WWI Web Belt 9 Army Eagle Snap Pouches517 - US WWI Web Belt 9 Army Eagle Snap Pouches
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Snaps have U.S. Army eagles on them
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to floor for (125.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 143.75
 
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US WWI Mills Web Medic Belt with Accessories 1918518 - US WWI Mills Web Medic Belt with Accessories 1918
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Snap covers stamped "APR. 1918" and "MILLS" in bullet outline. 2 large snap pouches, 1 has metal container with 5 black containe...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (225.00 + 33.75) x 1 = 258.75
 
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US WWI Army Web Belt with Slide Buckle 1918519 - US WWI Army Web Belt with Slide Buckle 1918
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Inside stenciled "C-S" and "SEPT. RUSSELL(inside an oval) 1918". Belt has 3 large snap pouches, 2 marked "MAY 1918" an...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to floor for (75.00 + 11.25) x 1 = 86.25
 
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WWI US Army Mills Web Belt 1918520 - WWI US Army Mills Web Belt 1918
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12 small snap pouches, 1 large pouch with 3 snap compartments. Stamped "NOV. 1918" and "MILLS" inside a bullet outline inside sn...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to floor for (150.00 + 22.50) x 1 = 172.50
 
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WWI Horizon Blue French Tunic & Medals521 - WWI Horizon Blue French Tunic & Medals
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"Valeur Et Discipline" 1870 Medal, 1914-1918 Cross with 1 star, Grand Guerra 1914-1918 MEdal.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to floor for (200.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 230.00
 
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WWI French Horizon Blue Tunic522 - WWI French Horizon Blue Tunic
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Red "103" collar tabs, red shoulder cord.
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to FastAsALeo.. for (250.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 287.50
 
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WWI French Horizon Blue Tunic523 - WWI French Horizon Blue Tunic
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3 stripes on sleeves, USMS anchor buttons.
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to floor for (100.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 115.00
 
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WWI Marine Aviation Victory Prop Tip524 - WWI Marine Aviation Victory Prop Tip
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with German Cross and WWI Marine Aviation Rondel painted on front. "FRANCE 1918", "BOB SIXS FAYETTE OHIO". 21" x 8"
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to floor for (300.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 345.00
 
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WWII U.S. Navy, G-1 Leather Flying Jacket525 - WWII U.S. Navy, G-1 Leather Flying Jacket
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1945. No I.D. Tag, no markings or patches. Condition issues
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (125.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 143.75
 
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Pre-WWII U.S. Army Burlap Tropical Visor Cap526 - Pre-WWII U.S. Army Burlap Tropical Visor Cap
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U.S. Army Burlap visor cap, c.1930's Philippines or pre-WWII. All of the inside support has been removed in order for the officer to wear his he...
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Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to Aormand for (225.00 + 33.75) x 1 = 258.75
 
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WWII Collection of 4 Leather Flight Helmets527 - WWII Collection of 4 Leather Flight Helmets
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(1) U.S.N. marked, (1) Australia marked, (2) unmarked.
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (100.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 115.00
 
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WWII Collection of 7 U.S. Flight Caps528 - WWII Collection of 7 U.S. Flight Caps
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(5) U.S. Army Air Forces Type A-9 Flight helmets, (1) USAAF Type B-2 wool-lined leather cap size 6 7/8, (1) marked "Property of Flight Test Dep...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (275.00 + 41.25) x 1 = 316.25
 
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WWII Royal Air Force Flying Helmet & Gauntlets529 - WWII Royal Air Force Flying Helmet & Gauntlets
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Leather flight helmet manufactured by Frank Bryan, London dated 1939, size 6 1/2-6 3/4. Horsehide white leather Trooper gloves marked RAF.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to helmethead for (200.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 230.00
 
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WWII RAF Type-C Leather Flight Helmet & Goggles530 - WWII RAF Type-C Leather Flight Helmet & Goggles
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Ref. No. 22c/880 flight helmet with Mk VIII gogggles
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (200.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 230.00
 
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WWI RAF/RFC Leather Flight Helmet & Goggles531 - WWI RAF/RFC Leather Flight Helmet & Goggles
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Rivets marked "NEWEY BROS LTD., BIRMINGHAM"
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to floor for (75.00 + 11.25) x 1 = 86.25
 
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WWI Chicago Glove & Mitten Co. Helmet & Goggles532 - WWI Chicago Glove & Mitten Co. Helmet & Goggles
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WWI Chicago Glove & Mitten Co. Helmet & Goggles
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to floor for (125.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 143.75
 
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WWII USAAF M-4 Leather Covered Flak Helmet533 - WWII USAAF M-4 Leather Covered Flak Helmet
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Marked on inside tag "L. Miller, Parachute Division" Yellow star on top.
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to JK0676 for (300.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 345.00
 
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Vietnam War U.S. F-4 Jet Pilot Flight Helmet534 - Vietnam War U.S. F-4 Jet Pilot Flight Helmet
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Viet Nam War, 497th Night Owls black jet helmet with sun visor and oxygen mask. Painted in white are the words "PHANTOM NITE PHIGHTER" and...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to flier52 for (400.00 + 60.00) x 1 = 460.00
 
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U.S. Vietnam Era Flight Helmet "Playboy 16"535 - U.S. Vietnam Era Flight Helmet "Playboy 16"
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U.S. Black, Jet Helmet, Sun Visor and Ear Phones, Vietnam War. On the front painted in gold, is "PLAYBOY16" and "CPT. MCKENNA". ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to floor for (250.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 287.50
 
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Vietnam War U.S. 17th Air Cavalry Flight Helmet536 - Vietnam War U.S. 17th Air Cavalry Flight Helmet
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U.S. Jet Helmet, Sun Visor and Ear Phones, Viet Nam War. 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry Regiment HHT (Headquarters and Headquarters Troop) patch paint
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (150.00 + 22.50) x 1 = 172.50
 
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Vietnam War Era U.S. Navy Jet Helmet w/ Visor537 - Vietnam War Era U.S. Navy Jet Helmet w/ Visor
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U.S. Navy Jet Pilot Helmet with Sun Visor, Vet Nam War,. Has Navy Aviation Wings painted across the front and decorated with flames. Missing the oxyge
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to Aormand for (200.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 230.00
 
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Vietnam War U.S. Flight Helmet538 - Vietnam War U.S. Flight Helmet
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U.S. Air Force HGU-2/P Flight helmet manufactured by Consolidated Components Corporation. With sun visor, has Air Force Aviation Wings painted across
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (100.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 115.00
 
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Vietnam U.S. Army 1st Cavalry 2-Star General Tunic539 - Vietnam U.S. Army 1st Cavalry 2-Star General Tunic
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U.S. Army Class A service Dress Tunic, for a 2-star General with the 1st Cavalry Division (patch needs to be attached). Viet Nam Era. Two silver bulli
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (100.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 115.00
 
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U.S. Army Dress Uniform Special Forces Colonel540 - U.S. Army Dress Uniform Special Forces Colonel
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U.S. Army Dress Whites (Tunic & Pants) for a Full Colonel. Infantry Collar Brass are present, and Special Forces Badges can be seen on both shou...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (150.00 + 22.50) x 1 = 172.50
 
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Vitenam U.S. Army Ranger Sgt 1st Class Tunic541 - Vitenam U.S. Army Ranger Sgt 1st Class Tunic
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U.S. Army tan shirt for Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Saavedra, Ranger tab on upper left sleeve. Above right pocket are Vietnamese Jump Wings, below this is a
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (50.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 57.50
 
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Vietnam U.S. Cavalry Helicopter Flight Helmet542 - Vietnam U.S. Cavalry Helicopter Flight Helmet
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Vietnam U.S. Cavalry Helicopter Flight Helmet
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (200.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 230.00
 
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Vietnam U.S. Helicopter Flight Helmet543 - Vietnam U.S. Helicopter Flight Helmet
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Vietnam U.S. Helicopter Flight Helmet
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to floor for (100.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 115.00
 
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USMC MC-1 Tanker Helmet544 - USMC MC-1 Tanker Helmet
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Vietnam or Korean era Gentex MC-1
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (125.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 143.75
 
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Vietnam War Camouflage U.S. Helmet545 - Vietnam War Camouflage U.S. Helmet
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Helmet band is marked "RAND HELMET, CAMOUFLAGE, US" Scarce helmet cover patter.
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to floor for (100.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 115.00
 
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Vietnam U.S. Airborne Embroidered Shirt546 - Vietnam U.S. Airborne Embroidered Shirt
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Embroidered on back "WHEN I DIE I'LL GO TO HEAVEN BECAUSE I'VE SPENT MY TIME IN HELL." Airborne 68/69.
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (125.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 143.75
 
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Vietnam War Viet-Cong Shop Made Pistol547 - Vietnam War Viet-Cong Shop Made Pistol
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4.5" barrel, appears to be 9mm.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (125.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 143.75
 
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Vietnam War Viet Cong 306 Division Flag548 - Vietnam War Viet Cong 306 Division Flag
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Dated 1972, hand stitched & embroidered, measures 50" x 67"
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (100.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 115.00
 
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Vietnam War Captured Mosin Nagant Rifle549 - Vietnam War Captured Mosin Nagant Rifle
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* 21" barrel marked 1960, with bayonet. Brought back from Vietnam.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to tyler7CG for (200.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 230.00
 
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Collection of (8) Army Guidon Flags Special Forces550 - Collection of (8) Army Guidon Flags Special Forces
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Some Special Force units
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (325.00 + 48.75) x 1 = 373.75
 
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Vietnam War Era Flight Helmets551 - Vietnam War Era Flight Helmets
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Vietnam War Era Flight Helmets
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to floor for (100.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 115.00
 
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Vietnam U.S. 1st Cavalry/545th MP M1 Helmet Liner552 - Vietnam U.S. 1st Cavalry/545th MP M1 Helmet Liner
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Vietnam U.S. 1st Cavalry/545th MP M1 Helmet Liner
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Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to floor for (25.00 + 3.75) x 1 = 28.75
 
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