The USS Mahan (DLG-11) spent over 30 years in various deployments during the Vietnam War and other conflicts. A Farragut-class guided missile destroyer, the Mahan was named in honor of Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, a renowned naval officer, author, and historian. The ship was scrapped in 2004 but was first the subject of a professional miniature model. This piece, which leads the upcoming Hilman Walker Collection of World War I & II Posters sale, was made by a professional artisan based out of State College, Pennsylvania. It measures 64 inches long, a fraction of the ship’s actual length of 512.5 feet.
The auction, offered by Turner Auctions + Appraisals LLC, will include selections of ship memorabilia alongside the miniatures. Sets of Lamberton china, Manhattan-pattern flatware, and dinner napkins from various ocean liners are particularly featured. Vintage war posters form the majority of the auction’s catalog, however, sourced from the collection of a San Francisco Bay Area lawyer. A Vietnam-era roadside billboard is one of the largest lots coming to auction, measuring 21 by almost 9 feet. It shows an American soldier gazing earnestly at the viewer with parachutes dotting the sky behind him.
Many of the available World War I posters appeal to the conscience of America, including a relief campaign piece showing a young woman with her palms outstretched. Both British and American posters also called to citizens’ sense of patriotism and duty: “Be honest with yourself,” reads a quote on a 1915 British poster, “Be certain that your so-called reason is not a selfish excuse.” View each of these lots and register for online bidding on Bidsquare.
Lot Categories:Posters, Prints & Multiples (25), Collectibles (194), Posters (147), Historical & Political Memorabilia (30), Books, Manuscripts & Archives (16), Fine Art (27), Posters, Prints & Multiples (25), Collectibles (194), Posters (147), Historical & Political Memorabilia (30), Books, Manuscripts & Archives (16)
# of Lots:221
Price Range:$60 - $2,500
Interesting lots include:
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|USS Mahan DLG-11|| Estimate: |
|Vietnam era Roadside Billboard|| Estimate: |
|Ethel Franklin BAINS (1877-1959)|| Estimate: |
|Ocean Liner Memorabilia|| Estimate: |
|Eugene COURBOIN (1851-c.1915)|| Estimate: |
|British World War I Poster|| Estimate: |