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Silver medal of 1812 awarded by the United States Congress to Lieutenant Alexander Scammel Wadsworth, for bravery in the naval battle of USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere (estimate: $ 20,000- $ 30,000).
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CRANSTON, RI – Bruneau & Co.’s Fall Historic Weapons and Militaria Auction, slated for Saturday, November 20, is packed with more than 500 items focused on the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the civil war, world wars I and II, as well as modern firearms. The offers will be ideal for everyone, from the novice collector to advanced collections.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time online through multiple auction platforms and live in the gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. This will be the second Historic Arms & Militaria auction for Bruneau & Co., in the company’s new Arms & Militaria department led by Director Joel Bohy, a veteran of the arms and militaria scene.

“I am delighted to present my second Historic Arms & Militaria auction with the team at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers,” said Mr. Bohy. Company President Kevin Bruneau added, “I am very happy to prepare for this auction. It has a remarkable highlight from each period from the French and Indian War to WWII. I can’t wait to see what the Hindenburg badge sells for.

He was referring to lot 319: a German officer’s cap, a badge with a silver eagle on a blue enameled globe with a silver airship in the center, and a swastika at the bottom mounted on an embroidered crown, sewn onto a piece of combed wool vertical ribs, plus a piece of the Hindenburg airship superstructure and two stones collected at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, site of the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, which ended zeppelin air travel.

German officer’s cap, badge and relics of the Hindenburg disaster, collected by Thomas J. Evans, United States Coast Guard, who was at the scene (estimate: $ 10,000- $ 15,000).
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The lot has an estimate of $ 10,000 to $ 15,000 and is descended from Chief Petty Officer Thomas J. Evans, United States Coast Guard, who was stationed in Ocean City, NJ, when, on the morning of May 6, 1937, a message from the La Lakehurst Naval Air Station called for men for active duty when the Hindenburg arrived. He picked up the auction items as the ship exploded in flames around him. He barely escaped his life.

A silver medal circa 1812 presented by the United States Congress to Lieutenant Alexander Scammel Wadsworth, for bravery in naval battle USS Constitution vs. HMS Guerriere, has a high estimate of $ 20,000 to $ 30,000. The obverse depicts Captain Isaac Hull, who received a gold version of the medal which is part of the collection of the Constitution Museum. The reverse represents the naval battle.

Alexander Scammel Wadsworth was the son of Revolutionary War General Peleg Wadsworth. Born in 1790 in Portland, Maine, he became midshipman on April 2, 1804 and lieutenant on April 21, 1810. He then made a brilliant career in the navy and died on April 5, 1851. He was also the uncle of the author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

A 1775 Rev War powder horn, carved near “The Royal Artillery” base and belonging to tiny man Thomas Smith, is expected to cost between $ 10,000 and $ 15,000. The cow horn is marked “Thomas Smith, His Horne Made at Brookline Fort August the XV: MDCC: LXXV 1775” and is carved with a hunter shooting with his musket and other representations.

This 1775 Rev War powder horn, carved near “The Royal Artillery” base and belonging to tiny man Thomas Smith, is expected to cost between $ 10,000 and $ 15,000.
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Thomas Smith was born in Rowley, Mass., In 1748. In April 1775 he marched to Boston with the company of the tiny men of Captain Thomas Mighill and enlisted in the company of Captain Thomas Mighill, Colonel’s regiment Samuel Gerrish. Four of Gerrish’s businesses were stationed at Sewall’s Point in Brookline, the site of Brookline Fort where the horn was made.

A circa 1760 British style light infantry rifle with a .69 bore, having a walnut stock with a storekeeper’s stamp on the right side of the stock, assembly marks in the stick channel and a “10 “stamped just behind the side plate, plus a brass butt plate with a small” 8 “stamp near the tang, 57½ inches long (the 42 inch barrel) is expected to fetch $ 7,000 to $ 9,000.

A model 1832 American sergeant’s coat from the Schuylkill Arsenal – one of only two regular army coats of this model, the other being in the Smithsonian Institution – has an estimate of $ 3,000 to 5,000 $. The garment is made up of an extra fine quality dark blue fabric body with white combed vertical ribbing and white wool cord on the collar, cuffs and pocket flaps. There is also a three-pointed star embroidered at the top center of the rear skirts.

A painted rope tension drum from a Civil War settlement dating from around 1864, with the original rope and nine original leather ears, as well as a pair of sticks, is estimated to be between 2,000 and $ 3,000. The drum has upper and lower hoops painted in red, a shell painted in blue with an eagle, shield, sunbeam and a banner marked “REGT./US/INFANTRY”, with brass studs around it. vent. A paper label inside the case indicates that it was made by Vogt Mfg. (Philadelphia).

Internet auctions will be facilitated by,,, and the “Bruneau & Co” mobile application. on iTunes or GooglePlay.

Previews of all articles will be held at the Bruneau & Co. Gallery on Thursday and Friday, November 18 and 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. The gallery is located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston, RI. On the day of the auction, November 20, the doors will open at 8 a.m.

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers always accepts quality shipments for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. Now would be a great time to clean your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers regarding consignment of a single piece or an entire collection, you can send an email to [email protected] Or, you can call them at 401-533-9980.

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the Historic Arms & Militaria auction scheduled for Saturday, November 20 at 10 a.m. EST, visit

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