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Pennock Family Militaria, Arms & Ephemera Collection - Spanning 150 Years

Primitive Hall in Chester County Pennsylvania

Although Coatesville Pennsylvania was founded by Moses Coates in 1787, the civic activities and business acumen of the Pennock family forged an everlasting bond, connecting the family to the growth, development, and success of Coatesville and the surrounding area. Throughout Coatesville, many of the historic markers and buildings are associated with the Pennock family.

The Pennocks trace their Coatesville roots to 1701, when Joseph Pennock settled a large tract of land in West Marlboro, just South of Coatesville. The land was granted from William Penn to George Collett, Joseph’s grandfather. Joseph inherited the land (thousands of acres) from his father, Christopher Pennock. He then went on to divide the acreage among his children, retaining 1250 acres for his Manor Home, known as Primitive Hall. Joseph was a generous individual, whose door was always open.  He was also a long-time member of the Pennsylvania Assembly, a Justice of the Peace, and an important figure in the province. Thus began the long history of the Pennock family and Coatesville Pennsylvania.

In 1793, on the outskirts of Coatesville, Isaac Pennock (Grandson of Joseph Pennock) constructed, owned and operated the Federal Slitting Mill on the Buck Run. Slitting Mills were not allowed under British rule, so the Federal Mill on the Buck Run was one of the first Iron Slitting Mills to open inBrandywine Iron Works and Nail Factory (Federal Mill on Buck Run)Brandywine Iron Works and Nail Factory (Federal Mill on Buck Run) the country and continues to operate today as Lukens Steel, the oldest steel mill in the United States. The mill was renamed Lukens steel following the death of Rebecca Pennock Lukens, who many considered the first woman of industry in the United States. She ran the mill from 1825 to 1849 and is credited with steadfastly guiding it through very turbulent and uncertain times. She not only saved the mill from the brink of closure, but was able to remodel and update the mill to meet the demanding needs of a growing industrialized nation. The family retained ownership of the mill until 1890, when it was incorporated as a stock company in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  After becoming a public company, the family remained in leadership roles at the mill well in to the 20th C. To this day, the mill serves as a cornerstone of the community.

Over its history, the mill has provided steel for countless well-known projects, to include: the Monitor (Civil War Ship), Mississippi river boats, Pennsylvania Railroad locomotives, US Navy warships & submarines, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the World Trade Center

Centurion Auctions is pleased to bring to market a diverse offering from the Pennock family Archives. The Pennock items span 150 years of family history and are included in the March 18th, 2015 Militaria & Firearms Auction.

Bidding on the Pennock Family items is open to everyone. Bidders are able to participate by floor, live telephone, absentee, and online bidding.  View, register and bid now on the lots related to the Pennocks. Please contact Centurion Auctions if you have questions or need further information on bidding.

The collection includes items from the following family members:

Thomas H WindleThomas Hayes WindleThomas Hayes Windle (1833-1907)

Musician in the 97th Pennsylvania Regiment. Wounded and returned home to Coatesville in 1862. After returning home he joined other civilians in providing support, supplies and services to Union forces fighting at Gettysburg. Mustered as a Corporal with Myer’s Independent Pennsylvania Civilian Cavalry in 1863. Following the war, Windle was active politically in the “iron town” of Coatesville, an inventor (patents on tools and beehives), and successful in the hardware business. Maternal Grandfather of Charles Adrian Pennock Sr.

Lots Include: PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF U.S. GRANT 2 VOLUMES, CELLULOID MEMORIAL SOUVENIR OF U.S. GRANT RIBBON, FRENCH  AGATE TOP DRESS CANE, BONE TOP SILVER BANDED STANHOPE DRESS CANE, LOT OF 3 ANTIQUE DRESS CANES, DUPONT EAGLE DUCK SHOOTING GUNPOWDER TIN, LOT OF 3 19TH C. MILITARY BOOKS, HUEBNER'S BIBLE NARRATIVES CARRIED IN CIVIL WAR, CIVIL WAR S&W MODEL 2 REVOLVER 97th PA VOLUNTEERS, ENGRAVED SHARP'S PEPPERBOX PISTOL, HOPKINS & ALLEN POINTER .22 CALIBER DERRINGER, KENTON AMERICAN BULLDOG CAP PISTOL, BELGIAN J. LECLERCQ BREVETE GALLERY PISTOL, G.A.R. PINS & MEDALS 97th PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS, CIVIL WAR UNION DRUM BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, CIVIL WAR BUGLES AND POWDER FLASKS, 97th REGT PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS CIVIL WAR REUNION BOOK, 19th C. SPUR, 1885 BEEHIVE PATENT & LETTERS OF THOMAS H WINDLE, AUSTRIAN MINIATURE PINFIRE RIFLE

Charles Adrian Pennock Sr.Charles Adrian Pennock Sr.Charles Adrian Pennock Sr. (1892-1985)

Graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, class of 1915. First draft number chosen during the 1917 national draft (#258). Served with the 77th Horse Drawn Artillery in France. Received battlefield promotion to 1st Lieutenant in October of 1918. During the war he braved the shelled areas of the front in order to keep his artillery posted on movements of the infantry. Took part in the Army occupation of Germany.

A pioneer and innovator in the cosmetic industry with a career spanning more than 50 years. During his career, he served in many senior executive positions with Warner-Lambert. During the 1920’s he managed Richard Hudnut (owned by Warner) cosmetics salon at 20 Rue De La Paix, Paris FR. By 1932 he was president of Hudnut Sales Co. He also served as President of the Toilet Goods Association in 1948 and 1949, and remained on the Association's Executive Board throughout his career.

Member Westchester Country Club, Winged Foot Golf Club, Metropolitan Club, Athletic Club (all of New York), Everglades Club, Beach Club of Palm Beach FL.

Lots Include: WWI US 77th ARTILLERY OFFICER UNIFORM, WWI US ARMY OFFICER'S TRUNK, PERSONAL BOX, PHOTOS & PAPERS OF JOSEPH L PENNOCK

Charles Adrian Pennock Jr.Charles Adrian Pennock Jr.Charles Adrian Pennock Jr. (1950 -     )

Spent four decades, mostly in the National Television Industry in advertising sales and marketing. Superior Cadet, Valley Forge Military Academy 1965. Ohio University College of Communications Class of 1972. Began broadcasting career with ABC-TV Network in New York. Sales positions with the ABC-TV stations division in Chicago and representing the FOX Owned TV Stations in Los Angeles followed. Marketing positions with various production groups, the last, as Vice President/Television for Aspect Ratio, producing promotional material for the national television divisions of the major studios. He is a seven time Telly Award winner for TV production and twice nominated for Cable Ace Awards for Comedy Specials he produced for Showtime Networks.

Member Hollywood Radio/Television Society, Lakeside Golf Club, Beverly Hills Country Club in Los Angeles.

Lots Include: VALLEY FORGE MILITARY ACADEMY CADET UNIFORM, LOT OF VINTAGE STUDENT'S VALLEY FORGE BOOKS, WWII 3rd ARMY OFFICER UNIFORM, WWII GERMAN SA DAGGER NAMED TO FRANZ GOCKEL

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