A family's impressive collection of Civil war and World War Two militaria will be sold by Jack Eubanks Auction of North Carolina, US, tomorrow (September 25).
The auction is offering items which belonged to Civil War soldier George Sharp (1844-1930) and his grandson, Colonel Paul Sharp Brown (1912-1984). The younger Sharp was a veteran of the China-Burma Theater World War Two field artillery.
Bodyguard to President Abraham Lincoln
After enlisting in the 155th Volunteer Pennsylvania Infantry in 1862, George Sharp served at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Cold Harbour among other places.
He was later wounded while on duty at Spotsylvania and, after his recovery, was assigned to the 9th Regiment Veteran Reserve Corp in Washington DC. There, he served as one of President Abraham Lincoln's last bodyguards.
George Sharp's items for sale will include his photograph, a Pennsylvania 155th medal, his discharge papers, his US belt buckle, and his service history as certified by the Soldiers and Sailors Historical and Benevolent Society.
The "hinomaru yosegaki"
Meanwhile, appearing among the lots formerly owned by Sharp's grandson, Paul, is his campaign hat, photographs, documents, medals and patches.
Also up for sale are Japanese soldier armbands and a Japanese flag owned by the Colonel. The latter is called "hinomaru yosegaki", an autographed flag believed to bring a solider good luck when carried into battle.
The grandfather and grandson's collections will be selling alongside a number of items from the estate of Liesel Brown, Col. Paul Sharp Browns' wife. These include an impressive coin collection, among them two 1909 VDB Lincoln cents, gold coins and foreign silver.
Jack Eubanks' sale begins tomorrow at 9 am, Eastern Daylight Time, and is expected to draw a crowd of interested bidders to this uniquely personal and historic family collection.