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Lot #78
World War II: Geoffrey Keyes

Lt. Gen. Keyes’s three-star uniform

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Lt. Gen. Keyes’s three-star uniform

Highly decorated senior US Army officer (1888-1967) who served with distinction under George S. Patton during World War II. Collection of items from the career of Lieutenant General Geoffrey Keyes, consisting of his uniform and military appointments. The highlights of the collection are: Lt. Gen. Keyes’s three-star uniform, consisting of his light brown wool jacket with “II Corps” patch on left shoulder, bars of three silver stars attached to each shoulder epaulet, and brass “US” insignia on the lapel, plus matching pants; Keyes’s khaki overseas cap with gold piping and three white stars embroidered on the left side; Keyes’s light brown double-breasted wool overcoat featuring two black bands at the end of each sleeve, with “II Corps” patch on right shoulder and a “US Forces Headquarters Austria” patch on left shoulder; and a vellum partly-printed DS, signed “Woodrow Wilson” as president and “Newton D. Baker” as secretary of war, one page 15.75 x 19.5, August 17, 1916, appointing Keyes as “First Lieutenant of Cavalry in the service of the United States.” Other documents include: a 1916 diploma from The Cavalry School; a 1917 appointment as “Captain of Cavalry” signed by Assistant Secretary of War William Ingraham; a 1945 appointment as “temporarily, a Lieutenant General” signed by Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson; and a 1946 appointment as “Brigadier General in the Regular Army” signed by Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson. Also includes a red, white, and blue ceremonial tassel. In overall fine condition, with general wear and a few moth nips to the uniform. Accompanied by five original vintage photographs of Keyes, including a small candid in which he is seen wearing this jacket, and three photos in which he is seen in his three-star cap. Included as well are five V-Mails from Keyes.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs & Artifacts
  • Dates: #506 - Ended August 09, 2017