General Patton’s personally-owned sterling silver box presented to him near the beginning of WWII by six officers of his 304th Tank Brigade from WWI, measuring 7.25 x 3.5 x 2.5, handsomely engraved on the top, “Auld Lang Syne, from Officers of World War I Light Tanks,” with an engraved emblem of a hand holding a dagger. The inside of the box cover is also engraved, “To a Gallant Soldier, Whose friendship we cherish, may you go on to further deeds of valor in your country’s service,” inscribed with the names of the officers, “David Bowes, Arthur Snyder, Leslie Buckler, Newell P. Weed, John W. Castles, Harry H. Semmes.” Stamped on the bottom as being made in England. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Robert H. Patton, the general’s grandson. In part: “I can attest that the silver box…is an authentic commemoration of shared World War One service given from officers in the 304th Tank Brigade to their commander during that war, George S. Patton, Jr…This piece has considerable historical value both for its personal link to Patton and also as a record of the 304th Tank Brigade, the first American tank unit to ever engage in battle. Moreover, since the designation ‘World War One’ did not come into common usage until World War Two dawned, it seems clear that this piece was given to Patton either upon his promotion to the rank of Major General in April 1941, or, more likely, as a personal send-off on the eve of his departure for North Africa to command the Western Task Force of the Allied Torch landings in November 1942. This of course gives the silver box even more historical significance.”
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Signed book from Patton’s personal library: Indian Fights and Fighters by Cyrus Townsend Brady. Later printing. Garden City: Doubleday, 1923. Rebound hardcover, 5.25 x 7.5, 423 pages. Signed on the front cover in black ink, “G. S. Patton,” and on the spine, “Patton.” Patton also writes the title and author on the spine and front cover, “Indian Fights & Fighters, Brady.” Autographic condition: very good to fine, with the signature on the cover a few shades light. Book condition: G+/None. No other military leader wrote so frequently in his letters or diary what he was reading, and no leader’s library was so well documented since Napoleon’s. Patton’s library, which was almost entirely inherited by his son, Major General George Patton III, was given to West Point, with just a small portion of books, including this one, inherited by other descendants or friends.
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Distinguished glossy 8 x 10 full-length photo of Patton, as a three-star general, standing at attention and saluting, signed in fountain pen, “G. S. Patton, Jr.” Reverse of photo bears a typed notation, “Confidential, until reclassified by Censor,” as well as a second stamp, “Passed for Personal Use only,” and dated May 27, 1945. In very good condition, with scattered creases to image and borders, surface loss to one corner, and tape remnants to other three corner tips. Patton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General on March 6, 1943, replacing Major General Lloyd Fredendall as commander of the II Corps, after the US defeat at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass. Less than a month before the censors released this portrait, the Allies defeated the Germans, forcing their surrender on May 8, with Patton’s Third Army largely responsible for the fall of the Nazis, capturing over 80,000 square miles of territory since the D-Day invasion. A magnificent photo which captures the formality and intense determination of the legendary military leader. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Vintage 4.75 x 8.25 paperstock photo of Patton in the field, signed in fountain pen, “G. S. Patton, Jr.” A vertical fold to right side (which could be matted out), a few creases and wrinkles, and mounting remnants to reverse, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.