West Point Related Lot- Col. John K. Brown, Jr.


A nice silver and presentation lot of items for a later decorated WWII pilot.

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This lot consist of Colonel John Kimball Brown, Jr. material relating to his time at West Point, where he graduated Class of 1935, including his USMA diploma, sterling silver trophy plate as captain of the USMA Polo Team- 1935, a miniature cadet pin in sterling, and a presentation sword given by the class of 1935 to him by the Class of 1908.

  • The framed diploma on vellum, wonderfully engraved with heraldry, military panoply of arms, and figures representing the manor of studies taken at USMA.  Signed by the Superintendent, William D. Connor.  Signed by the instructors of the various departments.  Measures framed 19.5 x 26 inches, (we will at the buyers request remove from framing for shipping purposes.)  Excellent condition.
  • Sterling Silver trophy plate, “THE MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT L. HOWZE POLO TROPHY/ Presented to CADET JOHN K. BROWN, Jr./ CAPTAIN OF THE POLO TEAM/ U.S..M.A./  1935.”  10 1/4 inches diameter.  Made by Kirk & Son, Inc. Sterling.  Fine condition with light streaking and marks for handling and whipping improperly.
  • Cadet Souvenir pin marked Sterling, pinback, 2 1/8 high.  Fine condition. Most likely a gift for a loved one.
  • Model 1902 officer’s sword, presented to “JOHN KIMBALL BROWN, Jr. U.S.M.A. 1935/ PRESENTED BY THE CLASS OF 1908.” The sword was purchased from military retailer H.V. Allien, New York, imported from Germany and marked on the flat of the blade the hilt. The 32 inch blade is decorated with typical floral work with federal eagle coat of arms, and “US” along with his etched name in a panel near the hilt. Hilt and scabbard are nickeled.  Grip is made of brown bakelite. The condition is excellent with exception to a slightly dented guard which can be straightened.  The connection to the Class of 1908 is through his father who graduated from the Academy in that year.

John K. Brown, Jr. graduated in 1935 becoming a 2nd Lt. of  the 2nd Field Artillery and posted to Fort Sam Houston that year. The following year he was detailed to the Air Corps for pilot training.

During WWII he rose to command the 301st, 304th Bomb Group and Wing respectively, and was awarded the Silver Star, DFC, Air Medal with 10 Oak Leaf clusters, and the French Croix De Guerre avec Palme.  In 1944 had duty in Washington before going to the Pacific for bomber duty in the last months of the war.

Transferring to the Air Force, he worked on development of guided missiles, and later four years in the J-3 Division of HQ US European Command in Paris. He served in various commands after that until his retirement in 1963.

We are estimating shipping and insurance charges; and will probably shipped in 2 boxes.  Any overage will be returned.

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Weight 60 lbs
Dimensions 48 × 28 × 10 in

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