An historic Polish officer's dagger and medal group of Colonel Josef Kapciuk
Lot 1068
An historic Polish officer's dagger and medal group of Colonel Josef Kapciuk
Sold for US$ 4,095 inc. premium

Lot Details
An historic Polish officer's dagger and medal group of Colonel Josef Kapciuk
An historic Polish officer's dagger and medal group of Colonel Josef Kapciuk
Comprising: 1) A silver and amber-mounted officer's dagger; straight 9 1/4 inch blade with maker mark on the ricasso G Borowski, obverse etched with panels of scrollwork and the Polish eagle and inscribed Honor and Fatherland; silver hilt of proscribed form, the grip of amber; black leather scabbard, the silver mounts molded with acanthus. 2) Medal of Valor with one bar. 3) Officer's silver and gold bullion thread cap badge. 4) Pilot's badge, maker marked J.P. Gaunt & Son, Ltd./London. 5) Silver Staff College badge, maker marked W. Gontarczyk/Warzawa. 5) Officer's silver and enamel badge for the 7th Armored Division, maker marked W Gontarcxyk/Warzawa/Ul. Miodowa No. 19. 6) Silver and enamel badge. 7) White metal undress cap badge. 8) Period photograph of Col. Kapziuk in full dress uniform wearing his medals. 9) Photocopy of Col. Kapziuk's diploma from the General Staff Academy. 10) Photocopies of several period photos of Col. Kapciuk including two showing him reviewing Polish troops in England with George VI. Also included is the Polish order of battle in 1939, listing Col. Kapciuk as a member of the High Command as Chief of Armored Troops.
Condition: Excellent. Dagger mounts with dark, unpolished patina, the blade as new. All medals in fine condition, also with dark, unpolished patina.
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Footnotes

  • Provenance: By descent to Col. Kapciuk's granddaughter.

    Colonel Josef Kapciuk, 1891-1968, one of the youngest men in the Polish service to reach the rank of colonel. In 1939 he is listed on the General Staff as Chief of Armored Troops during the Polish fight against the German army. In late 1939, he and his immediate family were sent to England. His brothers, who remained in Poland, were killed by the Soviet NKVD in the Katyn Forest massacre. In England he was active as a member of the Polish Air Force during the rest of the war. After the war he and his family emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Los Angeles.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, included with the lot is a letter of provenance from the consignor, Col. Kapciuk's grand daughter.
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