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|647||W.B. Gosnell's Civil War Era 34 Star Flag w/ Book on Western Expansion||
34 star personal or parade flag, ca. 1861-1863, plus important book on the exploration and mapping of the U.S.-Mexican border from Texas to California, both owned by U.S. Washington Territory Indian Agent, Westley B. Gosnell. 1st item: Personal or parade flag, printed cotton or muslin with 34 stars commemorating Kansas statehood, 9" x 5". Note: The 34-star flag became official on July 4, 1861, when Kansas gained statehood. The Civil War was already underway, with several Southern states having seceded from the Union. Abraham Lincoln, however, refused to recognize the right of those states to dissolve their ties with the United States, and would not authorize the elimination of any stars on the new flag. On his way to Washington for his inauguration, president-elect Lincoln raised the new flag over Independence Hall on George Washington's birthday in a gesture of national unity. 2nd item: REPORT ON THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO BOUNDARY SURVEY MADE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, WILLIAM H. EMORY, Vol. 1, published Washington, 1857, printed by Cornelius Wendell. Includes "Map of the United States and Their Territories Between the Mississippi and the Pacific Ocean and Part of Mexico" (tears and repairs at fold lines), numerous black and white landscape views of the American Southwest, several colored lithograph plates, fold out chart of Meteorological Observations, and several plates depicting native fossils and shells. Inscribed in pen inside front cover: "W.B. Gosnell, Olympia May 13, 1858." Book – 11" x 9 1/2". History: Wesley (also spelled Westley) B. Gosnall was appointed Indian Agent for the Washington Territory by Gov. Isaac Stevens and Special Indian Agent by President James Buchanan from approximately 1851-1865 and served several terms. He was noted for speaking several Native American dialects and for being well-liked by the tribes. He went on to serve as a Lewis County Commissioner in Washington State, and a school director and clerk. He also became a member of the state legislature and helped make many of the territory's early laws.
CONDITION: Flag: Scattered spotting, small stains left border, fraying at edges. Book: spine and map are detached; plate of Papagos torn; considerable toning, spotting, and some chipping and damp staining to other interior pages. Map with considerable chipping, tears and some taped repair at fold lines. [See more photos →]
|648||15 Star Parade Flag and Envelope, Framed||
15 Star Parade Flag, commemorating Kentucky Statehood and/or the South in the Civil War, framed with a Civil War era envelope with printed flag decoration. The printed cotton flag measures 5 1/8" H x 7 3/4" W and features an unusual medallion configuration of large middle star in a circle of ten smaller stars, with four stars in each corner. Mounted and framed with a Civil War era envelope cover picturing a hog saddled with an American flag of similar configuration, stating WHOLE OR NONE, and measuring 3" H x 5 1/2" W. Both items housed together under glass in a whitewashed wooden frame, 15 3/4" H x 13 3/4" W. Note: Kentucky was admitted to the Union in 1792, as the 15th state. 15-star flags made prior to 1800 are extremely rare. This small parade flag in the unusual medallion configuration, which along with the envelope appears to date from the mid 19th century, may have been made in honor of the 15 states which seceded from the Union, leading to the Civil War. Note: For an identical example of the envelope, ref. Mastai, "The Stars and the Stripes," p. 151.
CONDITION: Flag and envelope have been adhered to backing. Header trimmed. Some pen writing en verso of flag. Possible tiny hole upper left of blue canton. Some color fading, including along crease lines at center and near fly end. Minimal fraying. Envelope in very good condition with toning, light grime. [See more photos →]
|649||Miniature 25 Star Parade Flag, c. 1837 – Arkansas||
Scarce miniature American 25-Star Parade Flag, printed gauze cloth measuring 1 1/2" x 2" x 1 5/8" on a straw pole with minuscule brass cap, 3 3/4" H, circa 1837. Note: The 25-Star American Flag became the official United States Flag on July 4th, 1836. A star was added for the admission of the State of Arkansas (June 15th, 1836), and was to last for just one year. Two United States Presidents served under this Flag: Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) and Martin Van Buren (1837-1841). Provenance: private Middle Tennessee collection, acquired from Madison, Wisconsin area.
CONDITION: Light fading; vertical run through fabric likely as made, overall very good condition for a piece so fragile and ephemeral in nature. [See more photos →]
|650||Partial Civil War Album, incl. Confederate Leaders||
Partial Civil War era album containing twenty-one (21) cartes-de-visite (CDVs), including Confederate military leaders. Includes photographic and lithographic images depicting: one (1) "Rebel Army of Virginia" composite image; one (1) General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) with facsimile signature; two (2) depicting General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863) with one (1) Mexican War era image; one (1) General Ambrose Powell Hill Jr. (1825-1865); one (1) General James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart (1833-1864); one (1) General Lafayette McLaws (1821-1897); one (1) Brigadier General Bradley Tyler Johnson (1829-1903); one (1) Brigadier General James Jay Archer (1817-1864); one (1) Lieutenant General Wade Hampton III (1818-1902); one (1) Major General George Edward Pickett (1825-1875); one (1) Captain Harry Ward Gilmor (1838-1883); and more. CDVs with various studio marks, en verso. All housed in two (2) sections of E. Anthony cardstock gilt edged album sleeves. 5 1/2" H x 4" W x 5/8" D.
CONDITION: All items in overall good condition with foxing spots, toning. Sleeves with toning, foxing spots, acid burn, tears, largest, 1 1/2", pencil inscriptions. [See more photos →]
|651||CDV Album incl. Garfield, plus Framed CSA Currency||
Civil War Era CDV photograph album of KY interest with photos of Union Generals including future President James Garfield, plus a framed collection of 7 Confederate States of America (CSA) currency notes, 2 items total. 1st item: CDV album with small label inside cover for Webster & Bro. Photograph and Ambrotype Gallery, Louisville, KY. Contains 46 cartes-de-visite (CDVs) and 6 tintypes, 52 photographic images total. Five (5) CDVs depict men in Union uniforms, including one (1) of Major General James Abram Garfield (1831-1881), the 20th president of the United States, serving from March to September 1881; three (3) CDVs of Captain George W. Riley, 10th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry (two depicting Riley in uniform and one depicting Riley in a three-piece suit), and one (1) CDV depicting two men, identified as James "Jim" Ewing and Andy, with studio marks for Charles C. Giers, Nashville TN, and ink inscriptions by Jim's grandson stating that he "…fought in the battle of Chickamauga at Chattanooga and was wounded there…" en verso. The majority of the images depict men, women, and children in 19th-century dress in studio settings, including one (1) CDV of a woman with D. Stuber, Louisville, KY studio marks, and a George Washington 2 cent Playing Cards US Inter. Rev. Blue US Postage Stamp en verso. The CDVs are housed in a brown embossed leather album with gilt titling to covers and spine with brass hardware, floral endpapers. 6 1/4" H x 5 1/4" W x 2 3/4" D. 2nd item: Framed collection of seven (7) currency notes, including one (1) 1864 $10 CSA note, one (1) 1864 State of Mississippi note, one (1) 1863 50 Cent State of North Carolina fractional note, one (1) 1864 $5 CSA note, one (1) 1863 $5 State of North Carolina note, one (1) 1862 $1 CSA note, and one (1) 1864 $20 CSA note. All mounted to a grey velvet mat and housed under glass in a silver metallic painted wooden frame. Sight: 24 1/2" H x 9 1/4" W. Framed: 26 1/2" H x 11 1/2" W.
PROVENANCE: The Estate of Raymond White, Nashville, Tennessee.
CONDITION: 1st item: All photographic images in overall good condition, one tintype with bends, creases. Most not examined outside of mats. Front matter page and sleeves with foxing spots, scuffs, tears, largest 2", general handling wear. Sleeve binding is separated from spine. Leather covers with rubbing, wear, bumped corners, one brass clasp is not present. Garfield CDV in overall good condition with 1/4" area of flaking, minute loss to top left corner (does not affect overall image). 2nd item: All notes are in circulated condition and pasted to mat. Frame with areas of loss, largest 7 3/4", to paint. [See more photos →]
|652||Civil War Archive, incl. Hospital CDVs, Tennessee & Atlanta interest||
Letter, document and photograph archive of Sgt. Zebedee Culver, 19th Michigan Infantry, clerk at General Hospital No. 1 in Union-occupied Nashville, Tennessee, including rarely seen graphic carte-de-visite (CDV) and albumen images of injured soldiers from the Battle of Atlanta, with treatment notes, and a printed record of Gunshot Wounds and other Surgical Cases. Includes approximately 20 letters from Culver's service in Kentucky and Tennessee, 12 photographic images, 12 envelope covers, 4 reunion ribbons, 3 song/poem clippings, and Culver's 1865 School Teacher's certificate and 1881 pension document. Also included is a photocopy of the Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War listing Culver, and a reprint copy of "The Oklahoma Scout" Â¬Â¨âÃâ by Theodore Baughman, detailing his Civil War service with the 19th Michigan at the Battles of Resaca, New Hope Church, Peachtree Creek (in which Zebedee Culver also saw action) and other engagements. 4 of the period CDV images have information hand-written en verso including soldier's name and injury/treatment record, with all stating they were transferred to Nashville after being wounded in and around Atlanta between July 20-August 6, 1864. The soldiers are identified as Sebastian Langendorf (14th Ohio; "circular piece of bone removed an inch in diameter, exposing the brain"); Silas C. Bushing(?) ("Rebel," gunshot wound, gangrene); John A. Babb (amputation; gangrene, "arrested with bromine"); Janus Brithard (?) (gunshot wound, gangrene, "arrested with bromine"). Also included is a partially printed ledger recording the number and type of gunshot wounds treated at Hospital No. 1, compiled by A.A. Surgeon M.L. Herr, USA, under Surgeon USV in Charge, Dr. Bowman Bigelow (B.B.) Breed. One of the CDVs depicts an unidentified woman in dark dress with braided ornamentation, possibly a nurse. BACKGROUND: After the Union took control of Nashville in February of 1862, the city became the ArmyâÃÃ¶âÃâÂ¥s base of operations in the Western Theatre. It was the only southern state capital in Union hands and was strategically situated from a geographic standpoint. Northern troops anticipated Confederates would attempt to re-take the city, and established numerous fortifications and hospitals surrounding the Cumberland River. The Battle of Nashville took place December 15-16, 1864, resulting in a Union victory that many historians believe sealed the fate of the Confederacy. But the city remained otherwise relatively stable during the war, and a number of Federal hospitals were established, including General Hospital No. 1 on College Hill. It comprised a former church and a former gun factory, converted to house 936 beds, and was under the direction of Dr. B.B. Breed. ZEBEDEE CULVER of Quincy, Michigan, enlisted in Company C, 19th infantry, as Sergeant July 28, 1862 (age 22). Was taken prisoner at Thompson's Station, Tennessee on March 5, 1863 and exchanged on May 4, 1863. He participated in the battles of Resaca, Georgia and New Hope Church and was wounded in action at Peach Tree Creek, July 20, 1864. He was transferred to the Veteran's Reserve Corps March 15, 1865 and discharged for disability at Nashville, Tennessee June 6, 1865 from the 160th company, Second Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps. (Source: Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War 1861-1865).Sgt. Culver's letters are all written to his brother, Ben, from various locations, mostly in Tennessee. He writes of camp and hospital conditions including a smallpox outbreak, speculation about developments in the war elsewhere, and news of fellow "boys from Quincy". Culver, who appears to have been well educated for his time, writes with skill, some humor, and fairly legible penmanship. Some of the highlights include: HEADQUARTERS OF COMPANY C,19th Michigan Infantry, Near Danville, KY, illegible date, 1862: letter describing terrible conditions of Confederate prisoners, and his thoughts on some of his superior officers including Major Shafter or Shafer ("as noble a man as ever lived") and a scathing description of "Doc Clarke": "While he was principal of the post hospital at Nicholasville [Camp Nelson, KY], he would have a post mortem examination of all that died. And one of our co said that he would take his oath that he saw old Doc Clarke take some of their intestines and throw them out of the window because they were beloated [sic] so that they could not get them back. And the dogs were seen eating them afterwards. Ben, if I ever have a good chance at the old son of a bitch, I will cripple him so that he will never feed my insides to the dogs. If I don't you can shoot me for a butternut hide. It makes me so mad to think about him that I can't half write." He describes singing with other soldiers ("there are 4 of us in here that can howl the notes a little and when we get engaged we make the old tent get right up and howl…and it serves to pass the time away pretty well").CAMP DICK ROBINSON (KY), Dec. 12, 1862 : Descriptive letter of arriving at the camp to find, among other things, "three thousand barrels of pork here that the rebels left and about an acre of old wagons all chopped to pieces… and a few old cannons, one of them is a brass 6 pound Spanish gun which was made in the year 1723 and was taken from the Mexicans by Taylor and was got by the rebels at the Gosport Navy Yard." Culver also mentions his negative reaction to "the President's message" (likely the Emancipation Proclamation) saying it "stinks of compromise," and that "the only [way] this rebellion is put down so that it will stay is at the point of the bayonet, the extermination of every rebel both North and South and the immediate death of slavery." GUY'S (sp?) GAP, TN, July 8, 1863 – "I feel tip top this morning because we have rec'd news that Grant has got Vicksburg. Lee is all cut to pieces. Bragg is demolished and secession received a clip that made its head ache for a long time. Hip Hip hurrah. The boys are all in tip top spirits but have lots to do, about half the reg't are at work on the railroad…. We had a pretty rough march from Franklin to this place. It rained all the time and we had to come over a dirt road through the cedar woods. And where there were no rocks the mud was up to the wagon axles. The morning after we got in Murfreesboro I woke up and found the water full 4 inches deep in our bed. Our rations all wet. Knapsacks and cartridge boxes full and if my head had not been up on a chunk of wood I expect I should have been full too. The only dry thing there was about me was the inside of my canteen… I had to hunt quite a spell for my gun. But finally found it all covered up in the mud and water. There were nearly five days that I did not have hardly a dry thread in my clothes or a good hour's sleep." MURFREESBORO, TN, July 26, 1863: a cartoon drawing of "Old Morgan in Ohio" and a reference to the landscape laid waste by troops fighting the Battles of Murfreesboro and Stones River: "You can't see anything for 4 miles around the city but old camp grounds. Houses, barns, fences, in fact everything has been torn down. I was in a house yesterday that cost at least estimate $25,000. And there was nothing left but the bare walls. I made use of a part of the railing around the front porch. The only thing I could get my hands on."MCMINNVILLE, TN, March 23, 1864: briefly describes a skirmish with Rebel guerillas near McMinnville. "I heard Rebel bullets whistling around my ears the other night. I was on picket and the…I was in charge of was attacked by 10 guerillas…They fired 7 shots at us and we fired 12 at them. We wounded one man and one horse. They did not touch one of us but some of those shots came mighty close to me I tell you." NASHVILLE, TN – U.S. General Hospital No. 1, Nov. 27, 1864: "They say old Hood is about giving us a call here in Nashville. If he does I may get another finger knocked out, for all that are able to use a gun will have to go out and meet him." NASHVILLE, TN – U.S. General Hospital No. 1, April 2, 1865: "About the hospital, things move on finely. We have got an excellent Surgeon in Charge [Dr. B.B. Breed] to put things through. He has started another library, a chapel, two reading rooms, two gardens and is now trying to get up a singing school. If he fails in that it will be his first failure in anything he has undertaken since he has been here. We have all the books and papers we can read. They are furnished by the U.S. Christian Commission free of charge."NASHVILLE, TN, April 4, 1865 – "We received the news at noon yesterday of the Fall of Richmond and Petersburg and you had better believe there was some hallowing and and big goings on. Old "Negley" [likely Fort Negley] let loose 100 "blanks". Also the State House garrison forts…Zollicoffer and a host of smaller fry which with the muskets of the different regts garrisoning the city made it sound like the 15th and 16th of December [the Battle of Nashville]". Letter goes on to describe festivities lasting into the night as well as reaction from Secessionists. NASHVILLE, TN – U.S. General Hospital No. 1 (on US Christian Commission stationery), April 21, 1865: "The news of the tragedy in Washington [Lincoln's Assassination] came like a thunderbolt here. We were in the midst of celebrating recent victories when the news came and the reverse of feeling was beyond conception. Even among the Secession sympathizers the President's loss was deplored, for they had come to the conclusion that the rebel cause had gone under and that Lincoln was their protector from punishment which they richly deserve and which now there is little prospect for them to escape. I will send a paper home containing the proceedings in the city on the day of the President's funeral. One of the city papers estimated that there were 50,000 persons present. But I think they have got full 30,000 too many. I have seen a great many men together when it was known exactly how many were present and I think 20,000 is a fair estimate…"
PROVENANCE: Private Michigan Collection.
CONDITION: All period items with light toning, wear, and handing grime/creases. CDVs: 3/4" loss to one albumen print, some minor corner losses and creases. Record of Gunshot Wounds: A few pages unbound at top. Some separations and a few fold lines, most notably on the April 4, 1865 letter. [See more photos →]
|659||Civil War Confederate LeMat Revolver, .42 & .63 cal.||
Civil War era Confederate LeMat, Paris Revolver, .42 caliber for the 9 shot cylinder and .63 cal. for the grapeshot barrel, serial number 1519, all visible serial numbers matching, including on the loading lever. Top of barrel marked "Col Le Mat Bte s.g.d.g. Paris," right side of barrel marked "LM" with star, front of cylinder stamped with "B" inspector mark, left side of hammer stamped with "N" inspector mark. Two-piece checkered walnut grips, octagonal 9 shot barrel, round grapeshot barrel, iron furniture and mountings, fixed lanyard ring on the butt plate, standard front sight, loading lever, plunger, and extractor pin. Octagonal barrel: 6 1/2" L. Overall: 13" L.
CONDITION: Overall good condition with 10% blue remaining. Normal storage dings, light pepper pitting to iron. Old 3/4" x 1/4" area of loss to top of left grip. Action holds at full and half cock. Rifling visible to octagonal barrel. [See more photos →]
|660||Civil War Tiffany Naval Presentation Sword, Rear Admiral Cadwalader Ringgold, Belt and Commendations||
Civil War Era Tiffany & Co. Naval Presentation Sword, Belt, and Commendations, presented to U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Cadwalader Ringgold (1802-1867), 5 items total. 1st-2nd items: Tiffany & Co. sword with a German steel blade and etched scrolling foliate decorations, images of a naval engagement, a dolphin, and other maritime motifs, obverse, inscribed "U.S.N.", with the standing profile of a Naval Officer above "Tiffany/& Co./N.Y." within a masked riband, reverse. Ricasso stamped "Collins & Co.,/Hartford/Conn", obverse, dated "1861" to reverse. Gilt bronze hilt with eagle head quillon, pierced "U.S.N." lettering with oak leaves, and inscribed Robert Burns poem to guard reading "Affliction's Sons Are Brothers In Distress,/A Brother To Believe, How Exquisite The Bliss!". Scrolling oak leaf and acorn decoration to knuckle bow, the crowned head of Neptune, scrolling oak leaves and anchor to pommel, above a gilt brass grip wrapped in brass wire. Sterling silver scabbard with gilt brass mounts inscribed "Presented to/Captain Cadwalader Ringgold./of the Frigate Sabine by the/Battalion of U.S. Marines through his gallantry…/From the Wreck of the Transport/Governor/on the night of Nov. 2nd. 1861" with etched image of a naval engagement, the suspension mounts molded with anchors and scrolling oak leaves and acorns, the drag with the etched image of a dolphin entwined around a trident. Scabbard stamped "Tiffany & Co./Quality/925-1000/M" to reverse. Includes US Civil War Navy Officers Belt with two-piece interlocking gilt brass buckle depicting an eagle perched on an anchor, surrounded by thirteen stars, with an oak leaf and ribbon frame, with leather belt and brass mountings. All housed in a fitted wooden Tiffany and Company case with purple velvet and gilt stamp to interior. Blade length: 29". Overall length with scabbard: 37". Belt approximately: 42" L. Case: 4 1/4" H x 39 3/4" W x 6 3/4" D. 3rd-5th items: Three (3) ink on vellum scrolls issued in commendation for Ringgold, including one (1) from The City of New York, one (1) from the Legislature of the State of Maryland in General Assembly, and one (1) from the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, dated January 20 – March 13, 1862. All scrolls are trimmed in navy blue silk and wrapped around blue velvet covered wooden rods, two (2) with gilt metal handles. Ranging in size from 22 1/2" H x 18" W to 17" H x 26 1/4" W. Biography: "Cadwalader Ringgold (1802-1867) was an officer in the United States Navy who served in the United States Exploring Expedition, later headed an expedition to the Northwest and, after initially retiring, returned to service during the Civil War with the rank of captain. While in command of the frigate Sabine on November 1, 1861, he effected the rescue of a battalion of 400 Marines from Maryland whose transport steamer, Governor, was sinking during a severe storm near Port Royal, South Carolina. In February 1862, he was a part of the search and rescue of the ship of the line Vermont which had lost her rudder in a storm. For these rescues, Ringgold received commendations from the Maryland Legislature and the U.S. Congress, along with a gold medal from the Life Saving Benevolent Association. Promoted to commodore on July 16, 1862, he was sent (still on the Sabine), to cruise the Azores, Cape Verde Islands, the coast of Brazil and then back to New York in a search for the Confederate raider CSS Alabama from November 1862 to February 1863. In mid-1863, Ringgold's assignment was to search (again unsuccessfully) in the vicinity of Bermuda and then the New England coast for the bark CSS Tacony, another Confederate raider. For reasons of age, he was retired on August 20, 1864, and placed on the rear admiral (retired) list in 1866 (a promotion that was given to all commanders of squadrons). In retirement, he lived at 18 East Eighteenth Street (at Union Square) in New York City. Ringgold, who had never married, died of apoplexy (stroke) in New York on April 29, 1867." (source: Alan Fraser Houston, "Cadwalader Ringgold, U. S. Navy" article in California History magazine, Volume 79, Issue 4, Winter 2000, page 208).
PROVENANCE: Descended through the family of Rear Admiral Cadwalader Ringgold.
CONDITION: Sword with areas of oxidation, primarily to tip of blade. Leather to belt is stiff with cracking, several areas of separation. Scrolls with overall legible condition with toning, foxing spots, areas of holes/insect damage, largest 1/4", cracking to seals. [See more photos →]
|661||Colt Model 1851 London Navy Percussion Revolver, .36 cal.||
Colt Model 1851 London Navy Percussion Revolver, .36 caliber, serial number 15025, all visible serial numbers matching. Top of barrel marked "Address. Col. Colt. London", left side of frame marked "Colt Patent", English proof marks, including "V" with crown and "CP" with crown, left side of barrel lug and breech end of the cylinder over each chamber. Octagonal barrel, walnut stocks, iron furniture, checkered hammer, brass bead front sight. Barrel length: 7 1/2". Overall length: 13". Manufactured circa 1853-57.
CONDITION: Most metal reblued, sights refinished. Metal with light pepper pitting. Walnut stocks with few storage dings, largest 1/4". Backstrap is raised, indicating that the stocks may have been sanded down. Action holds at half and full cock. Engraving is not visible to cylinder. [See more photos →]
|662||Civil War Rhode Island Kepi||
Civil War era Rhode Island Kepi, body comprised of blue wool with a grey lace band on a red wool band backing, two brass buttons with Rhode Island state seal attached to black leather chin strap to either side, and a black tarred leather visor. Blue velvet patch with silver metallic embroidered Old English lettering reading "R I G" within a wreath sewn to the front. Tarred brown canvas sweatband, inscribed "BE"; tarred leather interior crown piece. 2" H x 9 1/2" W x 7 1/4" D. Note: The buttons have been authenticated by Civil War button expert Bob Edmondson, Dillard, Georgia.
CONDITION: Overall good condition with wear, areas of separation, areas of loss, largest 1/2" x 2 1/2" to interior sweatband. [See more photos →]
|663||4 Prussian WWI Items, incl. Halberd or Polearm, KPEV Curtains & Plaque||
Four (4) Prussian WWI-related items, including steel halberd or halbert, KPEV plaque, and two KPEV curtains. 1st item: One (1) ceremonial steel halberd or polearm blade with an elongated pike engraved with two coats of arms of the Kingdom of Prussia depicting an eagle with “R” on its chest grasping an orb and sceptre, motto “Suum Cui Que”, and foliate bordering with an octagonal base insert for a staff. 20 3/4″ H x 8 3/4″ W x 1 7/8″ D. 2nd item: One (1) KPEV steel hand painted plaque depicting the Prussian coat of arms above “K. P. E. V.” affixed by four screws to a beveled, octagonal wood base with a metal ring at the top edge. 10 3/4″ H x 13″ W. 3rd & 4th items: Two (2) tan KPEV train curtains with embroidered designs of the Prussian coat of arms above “K. P. E. V.” and a crown evenly throughout having edges sewn with black thread. Both approximately 43 3/8″ H x 35 3/8″ W. All items Prussian, early 20th century. Note: The title Royal Prussian Railway Administration (Koniglich PreuBische Eisenbahn-Verwaltung) or KPEV is often mistakenly used to describe the Prussian state railways (PreuBische Staatseisenbahn).
CONDITION: 1st item: Overall good condition with slight wear to engraved designs and surface oxidation. 2nd item: Overall good condition with scattered surface scratches and pitting. 3rd & 4th items: Overall good condition with remnants of white thread attachments to upper edges and scattered discoloration of fabric. One with areas of dampstaining [See more photos →]
|664||WWI Navy Posters plus Photo of USS John Hood, 3 pcs.||
Two (2) WWI propaganda posters by L A Shafer and H. Reuterdahl and one (1) photograph of the USS John Hood, 3 items total. 1st item: Lithograph poster titled "Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan/They Keep the Sea Lanes Open", art by Leon Alaric Shafer (American, 1866-1940), published by The W. F. Powers Co. Litho., N. Y. depicting sailors upon an emerging submarine approaching a steamship with a larger ship in the background. Pencil inscription "Dup LN 237" lower right. Lyzon Nashville framer's sticker, en verso. Housed under glass in a chrome-painted wood frame. Sight: 29" H x 39" W. Frame: 31 1/2" H x 41 1/4" W. Circa 1919. 2nd item: Lithograph poster titled "U. S. Navy – Help Your Country!/Enlist in the Navy", art by Henry Reuterdahl (American, 1871-1925), published by Latham Litho. & Ptg. Co., Brooklyn, NY, courtesy of R. J. Collier, Esq. depicting multiple battleships at sea with a seagull flying in the foreground. This poster specifically advertises for the Navy Recruiting Station at Norfolk. Pencil inscription "Dup LN 236" lower left. Lyzon Nashville framing sticker, en verso. Housed under glass in a wooden frame. Sight: 40 5/8" H x 27 5/8" W. Frame: 44 3/8" H x 31 3/8" W. Circa 1917. 3rd item: One (1) black and white photograph of the high-seas refueling of USS John Hood (DD-655), a Fletcher-class Destroyer, taken by Don Scott YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.) in 1962. Housed and matted under glass in a wooden frame. Sight: 7 3/8" H x 9 3/8" W. Frame: 12 7/8" H x 16 7/8" W. Last quarter 20th century.
PROVENANCE: The Estate of Raymond White, Nashville, Tennessee.
CONDITION: 1st item: Some discoloration to paper and creasing including one bisecting the poster. Loss to paper lower right quadrant measuring 1 7/8" H x 2" W. Not examined outside of frame. 2nd item: Some discoloration to paper; creasing and tearing to edges. Loss of paper lower right border measuring 1 7/8" H x 10" W. Not examined outside of frame. 3rd item: Overall very good condition. Not examined outside of frame. [See more photos →]
|665||Royal Navy Epaulets, Dress Belt w/ Storage Box & Burl Wood Letter Opener||
1st-3rd items: Pair of English Royal Navy epaulets, belt, and storage tin, made by Gieve, Matthews and Seagrove, belonging to Lieutenant E.S. Oatley. Epaulets with bullion loops and maker's stamp together with a full dress belt having bouillon lacing and matching sword slings bearing the same maker's stamp, all housed within the original black painted storage tin with the owner's name stenciled to the top "Lieut. E. S. Oatley, R. N." together with the maker's engraved shield "Gieve, Matthews & Seagrove Lt./Portsmouth/London/Devonport & Chatham". Box: 8" H x 18" W x 9" D. Early 20th century. 4th item: Large carved burl wood letter opener with carved wood figural dog head handle, the dog with inset glass eyes and black collar. 13 1/4" L. Late 19th/Early 20th century.
PROVENANCE: Private Chattanooga, TN collection.
CONDITION: 1st-3rd items: Epaulettes with in overall good condition with evidence of use wear including some minor losses and staining. Box with use wear including scratching, losses to paint and minor denting. 4th item: Overall general use wear, minor losses to opener tip, scattered wear and losses to dog head. [See more photos →]
|666||Colt Single Action Army Revolver, .45 cal.||
Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army Revolver, .45 caliber, serial number 151420, all visible serial serial numbers matching. Top of barrel marked Colt's PT F.A. MFG. Co. Hartford.CT. U. S. A.", "45 Colt" to left side of barrel, left side of frame marked "PAT. Sept. 19. 1871. July 2. 72. Jan. 19. 75." with Colt logo, inside loading gate marked "826". Colt checkered hard rubber stocks, round barrel, iron mounted, checkered hammer, standard front sight. Barrel length: 4 3/4". Overall length: 10". Serial number corresponds to year 1893.
CONDITION: Overall good condition. Light pepper pitting, storage dings to iron. General wear to stocks, linear surface scratches to bottom of butt stock. Action holds at half and full cock. Visible rifling to barrel. Nipple and screw below barrel are buggered. [See more photos →]
|667||J. Stevens Arms Company Tip Up Rifle, .32 cal.||
J. Stevens Arms Company Tip Up rifle, .32 caliber, serial number 5844, all visible serial numbers matching. Left side of barrel marked "J. Stevens & Co.Chicocobee Falls.Mass. Pat. Sept. 6.18…". Octagonal barrel, walnut stock, iron and steel nickel plated furniture, curved buttplate, checkered hammer, trigger guard with spur, front and rear sights. Barrel length: 28". Overall length: 42 1/2". Manufactured circa 1867-86.
CONDITION: Stock refinished, varnished, and receiver cleaned. Areas of storage dings, light pepper pitting to metal, primarily to tip of barrel. Stock with storage dings, surface scratches, 1/2" area of minor loss to right side of grip. Action holds at full and half cock. Bore is dirty with no visible rifling. 1/4" area of white paint to wedge screw. Extractor appears to be missing. [See more photos →]
|668||Repro. Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver, .36 cal.||
Reproduction Italian Colt Model 1851 Navy black powder percussion revolver, .36 caliber, serial number 18171, all visible serial numbers matching, slightly truncated on back strap. Barrel marked "Address Saml Colt New York City", frame under cylinder marked "Colts Patent". Walnut stocks, octagonal barrel, steel furniture and mountings, checkered hammer, loading lever, brass front sight, naval scene engraving on cylinder. Housed in a fitted wooden case with red velvet interior with three (3) reproduction Italian accessories, inlcuding one (1) powder flask, one (1) .36 caliber bullet mold, and one (1) nipple wrench. Barrel length: 7 1/2". Overall length: 13". Case: 2 1/2" H x 16 1/8" W x 7 3/4" D.
PROVENANCE: Estate of Judge John Nixon, Nashville, Tennessee.
CONDITION: Overall very good condition with blue remianing on the barrel, cylinder, and frame, very minor surface scratches. Case in overall good condition with minor abrasions. [See more photos →]
|669||European Gentlemen's Gun Cane, .42 cal.||
European, likely English, gentlemen's gun cane or swagger stick, .42 caliber, breech load with drop down trigger. Comprised of a brass handle and tapered and segmented wood veneer shaft, fitted with a wood ferrule cap. Unmarked. 23 1/2" L. 2nd half 19th century.
PROVENANCE: The collection of Dr. Andrew Wilkerson, by descent from the estate of Vernon and Vicki Meche, Iron City, Tennessee.
CONDITION: Overall good condition. Not tested for functionality. [See more photos →]
|1012||Nine (9) WWI U.S. Propaganda Posters, Group # 1||
Group of nine (9) World War I United States propaganda posters, including Sidney Riesenberg and Burton Rice. 1st-3rd items: Three (3) United War Work Campaign poster titled "Civilians / When We Go Through This We Need All the Help and Comfort You Can Give". Issued by the Jewish Welfare Board, published by Alco-Gravure Inc., NY. Art by Sidney H. Riesenberg. 33" H x 22" W. 4th-7th items: Four (4) posters titled "See Him Through / Help Us to Help the Boys". Issued by National Catholic War Council Knights of Columbus, published by American Lithographic Co., NA. Art by Burton Rice. 30" H x 20" W. 8th item: Poster titled "Save Your Child from Autocracy and Poverty / Buy War Savings Stamps". Issued by United States Treasury Department, published by Unites States Printing and Lithograph Co., NY. Art by Herbert Paus. 30" H x 20 1/4" W. 9th item: United War Work Campaign poster titled "United We Serve", listing multiple organizations involved in achieving $170.5 million fundraising goal, including YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic War Council Knights of Columbus, Jewish Welfare Board, War Camp Community Service, American Library Association, Salvation Army. 28" H x 20" W. All first quarter 20th century. Note: All posters previously and currently rolled for storage. Shipping in tubes recommended.
CONDITION: All with overall good condition with toning and slight creasing. All posters rolled. 1st-3rd items: Tearing and folding along edges; tear across lower half with tape repair to two with pen inscription and discoloration, en verso to one. 4th-7th items: Folding to edges with some discoloration in border; one with slight tearing to edges and clouds. 8th item: Folding and tearing to edges with tear to lower quarter. 9th item: Tearing to edges and folding to corners; slight loss to upper left corner. [See more photos →]
|1013||Nine (9) WWI U.S. Propaganda Posters, Group # 2||
Group of nine (9) World War I United States propaganda posters, including Sidney Riesenberg and Burton Rice. 1st-3rd items: Three (3) United War Work Campaign poster titled "Civilians / When We Go Through This We Need All the Help and Comfort You Can Give". Issued by the Jewish Welfare Board, published by Alco-Gravure Inc., NY. Art by Sidney H. Riesenberg. 33" H x 22" W. 4th-6th items: Three (3) posters titled "See Him Through / Help Us to Help the Boys". Issued by National Catholic War Council Knights of Columbus, published by American Lithographic Co., NA. Art by Burton Rice. 30" H x 20" W. 7th-8th items: Two (2) posters titled "Save Your Child from Autocracy and Poverty / Buy War Savings Stamps". Issued by United States Treasury Department, published by Unites States Printing and Lithograph Co., NY. Art by Herbert Paus. 30" H x 20 1/4" W. 9th item: United War Work Campaign poster titled "United We Serve", listing multiple organizations involved in achieving $170.5 million fundraising goal, including YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic War Council Knights of Columbus, Jewish Welfare Board, War Camp Community Service, American Library Association, Salvation Army. 28" H x 20" W. All first quarter 20th century. Note: All posters previously and currently rolled for storage. Shipping in tubes recommended.
CONDITION: All with overall good condition with toning and slight creasing. All posters rolled. 1st-3rd items: Scattered tearing and folding to edges, some losses to corners, and tape repair to one. 4th-6th items: Scattered tearing and folding to edges with tear to bottom quarter of one. 7th-8th items: Scattered folding to edges with tears to top and bottom edges. 9th item: Scattered minor folding and tears to edges, slight loss in lower left corner, and discoloration to lower right corner. [See more photos →]