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Sale 1126 — The William H. Gross Collection: Hawaii

Sale Date — Sunday, 29 May, 2016

Category — Clipper Ship Advertising Cards

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4
 
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 4, Clipper Ship Advertising CardsClipper Ship Advertising Cards, Clipper Ship Advertising CardsClipper Ship Advertising Cards. Five different multicolored cards, includes the following ships: Dispatch Line Akbar, Glidden & Williams’ Line Fearless (Watson’s Press imprint), Panther (Nesbitt & Co. imprint), Shipper’s Line Sea Serpent (Nebsitt & Co. imprint), and Coleman’s California Line Volunteer with Civil War theme (Nesbitt & Co. imprint), a couple with trivial flaws, overall excellent condition

A VALUABLE GROUP OF CLIPPER SHIP CARDS, INCLUDING THE FEARLESS, ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING AND DESIRABLE OF ALL DESIGNS.

Clipper ship cards were produced during the 1850s and 1860s as an advertising tool used by shipping lines to promote freight service. Competition was keen, and companies used spectacular images and colorful printing to get attention. Speed of delivery and careful handling were of the utmost importance to merchants, thus the text emphasized attributes such as record trips of “107 Days,” “A1 Ship,” “Fast sailing and good delivery of cargo,” and so on. A collection of clipper ship cards was offered in Siegel Sale 725 (PDF of catalogue is available on our website).

Ex Pietsch

E. 5,000-7,500
4,500
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