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Sale 764A — Autographs and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Saturday, 10 December, 1994

Category — Ephemera

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
567
 
[China]. Interesting 9-page letter from missionary's wife in Shanghai writing to a friend in Plainfield N.J., ca. 1879-1881, mentions teaching an English class, a Bible class and Sunday school in addition to raising her son, etc., ends on a semi-hopeful note: "But seed is being sown all over China...This people seem just ready for Christianity- yet the other day the birthday of Buddah and such crowds of people were at the temples the road was thick with people," etc., accompanied by original envelope with Shanghai Agency cds and franked with 5c Blue (185) with faint pen-cancel, some separations in pages, still Fine

E. 200-250
0
568
 
[Cigarette Cards]. Set of six, all mail related (NY City Mail, Ocean Mail, Fast Mail, etc.), attractively matted & framed, Very Fine

E. 100-150
75
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569
c
[Correspondence]. 34 letters to the the Rev. Wm. Channing, mostly 1840s-50s, also includes a smaller group during the war when he was a chaplain in a hospital, most with integral address leaf (a number with Brattleboro Vt. postmarks), readable content throughout incl. a lengthy discussion of Jefferson's Memoirs, etc, Fine lot

E. 300-400
300
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570
 
[Counterfeiting]. Printed notice signed by the High Constables of Philadelphia, 1835 regarding "an individual named Wilson, alias Parks, well known as a most ingenious and industrious counterfeiter. The operations of this man, and his skill in preparing counterfeit plates, have rendered his arrest a most desirable object to all Banking Institutions, as it was impossible to tell against which Bank he would next direct his usually successful machinations." etc. Fine and very scarce

E. 150-200
60
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571
 
[Court Martial]. 1810 General Orders written and signed by John Treadwell, Capt. General of Connecticut Militia, re the organization of a court martial of Brig. Genl. Burr Gilbert, written to Adjutant General Ebenezer Huntington, accompanied by outer address leaf with New Haven postmark, latter piece is faulty, orders are Very Fine

E. 200-250
125
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572
 
Document Box. Leather covered box, 18 (L) x 6-1/2 (H) x 7-1/2 in., leather handle and hinges, lined with 1837 Boston Recorder, decorated with studs including initials "L.N.", original hardware except 2 pins reinforcing right hinge, very attractive

E. 200-250
200
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573
 
[Engravings]. 65, mostly Presidents (complete through Reagan), Very Fine lot

E. 100-150
260
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574
 
[Ephemera]. Well-filled carton, many hundreds of pieces, topics include guns, colleges (invitations, etc.), theater programs, Xmas & New Years, magazines, etc., virtually all American, 19th & 20th Century, condition generally Fine or better, viewing essential

E. 2,000-2,500
950
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575
 
[Ephemera]. Hundreds of pieces, includes trade cards, advertising pamphlets & stationery, calendars, invitations, menus, programs, even two early 20th century KKK pamphlets, Fine or better, a beautiful group, viewing essential

E. 2,000-2,500
1,600
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576
 
[Ephemera]. Couple hundred items, includes rewards of merit, printers' trade cards, Tuck Xmas lithos, , 17th century Conn. court documents, Wm. Henry Harrison printed circular, movie star autographs, illustrated lettersheets, etc., please view

E. 250-350
400
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577
 
[Fairs and Expositions]. approx. 70 pieces, includes tickets, invitations, letterheads, covers, trade cards, etc., a few of the more interesting pieces incl. a bicycle broadside for Cotton States International Expo and a silk ribbon for NY Day at Trans-Miss Expo, Fine or better

E. 750-1,000
850
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578
 
[Fashion]. approx. 12 items, mostly magazines incl. The Delineator & Frank Leslie, also three trade cards featuring women, very mixed condition

E. 40-50
70
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579
 
[Forgeries]. Two pieces, includes Cosey Benjamin Franklin (forged payment authorization) and Robert Spring Washington (check), latter sealed in tape

E. 100-150
230
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580
 
[Fraternal and Related]. Five pieces, all spectacular multicolor fold-outs from Knights of Momus, Rex, and Satellites of Mercury, 1878-1892, all with original envelopes (one diamond-shaped examples houses a king whose robes become a peacock), Very Fine, wonderful and very scarce group

E. 200-250
280
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581
 
Hand-Drawn Newspaper. "Albany Review", 4pp, Vol. 1, No. 1, dated Sept. 8, 1852, headlines and articles all in ms., includes "The Reindeer Disaster! Thirty Dead!" with two-column story : Scarcely had the blood been washed from the banks of the river occasioned by the burning of the Henry Clay before another steamer has been destroyed and this too by a fault which the company knew." etc., editorial page supports Pierce for President and Horatio Seymour for Governor and an editorial discusses the uselessness of the term "Esq", other portions of the paper show the writer's support of Democrats, Fine, interesting and unique piece,possibly the rough of a proposed newspaper or a journalism class project

E. 200-250
100
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582
c
[Invitations]. Three pieces, ca. 1840s, includes folded cover with printed invitation to Graduate Class party for University of North Carolina, with beautiful illustration of the campus in bronze on salmon, with red Chapel Hill postmark, list of managers include Bryan Grimes, etc., lot includes two others with indentical designs, in gold on blue, and gold on green, hand-carried locally, Extremely Fine

E. 150-200
210
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583
c
[KKK]. Three pieces, includes two pamphlets, "Yesterday, Today & Forever" by Imperial Wizard Wm. Simmons, and "The Practice of Klanishness" (imperail Instructions Document No. 1), also a "Birth of the Nation" booklet given out at the premiere, Very Fine lot

E. 200-250
100
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584
 
[Mexico]. 28 letters from a homesick sailor to his mother, written aboard the USS Minnesota during the U.S. occupation of Verz Cruz and Tampico in 1914, all on quality stationery, each with original envelope with USS Minnesota postmark and franked with 1c or 2c Wash. Issue (several torn upon opening), Fine and interesting group

E. 300-500
140
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585
 
Military Scrapbook of Joseph LaVille Young III. Large, overstuffed book devoted to one Virginian's service in the Spanish-American War (Cuba) and World War I (Navy; U.S. & France): includes letters, documents, commendations, diary entries, notes, photos (including annotated group shots of his company), etc.- hundreds of pieces, also papers relating to other branches of his family. A fascinating trove, offered intact

E. 300-500
375
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586
 
[Mormons]. Four letters, same correspondnece, 1845-1853, to North Salem Mass., all but one from "Irene," best is letter headed "Great Salt Lake City Aug. 31st. 1853, she writes (in part): "The Indians steal children from one another and sell them the Governor says buy them treat them kindly and educate them...I will tell you about our temple the corner stones were laid the 6th of Apr. surround[ed] by 5 or 8 thousand people the block on which is is to be built contains 10 acres [it] is to be enclosed by a wall (partly done) 25 feet high the temple will have 6 towers 3 fronting East and 5 West...My belief in mormonism is confirmed every day...suffice it to say it is true I know it is true. I ever have know since I received the holy Ghost by laying on of hands how can it be untrue when it embraces all truth." etc., Other letters with scattered Mormon references, most significantly the persecution of Mormons in Illinois, description of homes & barns burned, sheriff fleeing mob, etc., includes two with integral lettesheets with Nauvoo Ill. postmarks, Fine lot

E. 400-500
750
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587
 
[New Jersey]. 15 items, includes 1695 West New Jersey indenture; ALS of Governor Bloomfield to Sec. of War John Calhoun; 1797 Gov. Richard Howell DS (separated); 1820 ALS of Richard Stockton; 1843 Gov. Wm. Pennington DS; non-Jersey pieces incl. 1741 petition of woman to "retail out of doors" (Boston); 1737 Roxbury land deed; TLS of J. Edgar Hoover with good content re refusal to comment on firearms laws, etc., mixed condition

E. 500-600
325
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588
 
New Steamship SOUTHERNER, First Excursion. Beautifully embossed and glazed invitation card to Thos. Butler King, printed date of Sept. 8, 1846, eagle and floral border, superb maritime collateral

E. 75-100
65
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589
 
Railroad Ephemera. Nearly 200 items, enormous group of tickets & passes incl. large specimen sheet, also broadsides, schedules, menus, maps, checks, pamphlets, terrific group of pieces for R.R. supplies (lanterns, fire pumps, water towers, etc.), 1840s into the 20th Century, Fine or better, excellent lot

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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590
 
Sheet Music. Approx. 135, virtually all different, early 1900s to early 1960s, Fine lot

E. 200-250
210
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591
 
Ship & Steamboat Ephemera. Approx. 60 pieces, includes illustrated broadsides, menus, passenger lists, 19th century receipts with steamboat or clipper ship vignettes, one highlight includes illust. broadside OPPOSITION TO MONOPOLY THROUGH LINE TO CALIFORNIA from North America Steamship Co. with list of rates, ships, sailings and added ms. note: "No fever on the Isthmus now", etc., early 19th to 20th Century, Fine or better, desirable group

E. 600-800
800
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592
 
Way Bill. 13 x 7-3/4 in., beautiful large woodcut of horse-drawn coach with passengers, "Way-Bill, From Salisbury to Fayetteville, North Carolina." Dated 1838, Fine

E. 200-250
220
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593
 
Ephemera Balance. Couple hundred pieces, includes 19th Century Friendship album featuring handsome calligrahic page honoring Lincoln's memory; group of Elvis photos with printed (?) signatures; James Michener and Spencer Tracy TLSs; 1890 book HELENA ILLUSTRATED; 1946 Travelers Calendar of Currier & Ives prints; large group of sheet music, etc., Fine and interesting lot

E. 300-400
170
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