Twelve (12) military related items, 19th c., including commission, photographs, and buckle. 1st item: Spanish-American War military appointment commission document signed by both President William McKinley and Secretary of War Russell A. Alger in black ink, dated June 15, 1898, conferring the rank of First Lieutenant, Sixth Regiment Volunteer Infantry to Elisha Eldridge Wright. 19 3/4" H x 15 1/2" W. Note: The Sixth Regiment, United States Volunteer Infantry, also known as the "Sixth Immunes," served its term of service in the continental U.S. and in Puerto Rico. (source: http://www.spanamwar.com/6thUSvolinf.htm). 2nd item: Post Civil War officer's belt buckle with embossed Great Seal of the United States. Faded inspector's mark and manufacturer's marks, stamped en verso. 2 1/8" H x 3 1/2" W. 3rd-12th items: Ten (10) Civil War era Cartes de visite (CDVs). 3rd item: CDV depicting Confederate General James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart (1833-1864), encircled by eight of the officers on his staff. Studio marks for Charles E. Rees and Company, Richmond, VA., en verso. 4th item: CDV depicting Anne E. "Annie" Spencer Semmes, wife of Admiral Raphael Semmes, or Electra Louisa Semmes Colston, his daughter, with ink inscription reading "Louisa Spencer", bottom of image. Studio marks for Leon Van Loo, Cincinnati, OH., en verso. 5th item: CDV depicting Nora Semmes, niece of Raphael Semmes, with ink inscription reading "Nora Semmes, Aug. 1865", below. Studio marks for O. H. Willard's Galleries, Philadelphia, PA, numbered 5904, with blue two cent Washington stamp, en verso. 6th item: CDV believed to depict Confederate General Richard Heron Anderson (1821-1879), with pencil inscription reading "Anderson" en verso. Studio marks for Wenderoth and Taylor, Philadelphia, PA., en verso. 7th item: CDV depicting a seated gentleman in his late middle age, possibly related to the Semmes family. Studio marks for Hoag and Quick's, Cincinnati, OH., en verso. 8th item: CDV depicting a young man in a Union uniform with epaulets. Studio marks for Leon Van Loo, Cincinnati, OH, en verso. 9th item: CDV depicting Adele Cutts Douglass, second wife of Stephen A. Douglas, politician from Illinois and the designer of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, with printed text reading "Mrs. S. A. Douglass. Published by E. Antony 501 Broadway, N.Y.", below. 10th item: CDV depicting Mary Perry, with ink inscription reading "Charleston S.C. Mary Perry 1877" en verso. Studio marks for B.M. Clinedinst, Stauton, VA., en verso. 11th item: CDV depicting a baby, with pencil inscription reading "W. B. Greenbrier", en verso. Studio marks for Y Day, Memphis, TN., en verso. 12th item: CDV depicting a young man standing in a well furnished room, marks reading "4394" and "C Votman", lower left and right in image. Studio marks for Notman, Montreal, en verso. CDVs approximately 4 1/8" H x 2 1/2" W. Provenance: the estate of Luke Eldridge Wright, Memphis, Tennessee. CONDITION: 1st item: Overall good condition with surface stains, scuffs, tears, largest 6 1/4", to document (slightly affects Alger signature). Areas of flaking, loss, largest 1" x 1/8", left edge of document. Signatures in strong, clear condition. 2nd item: Overall good condition with oxidation to be expected from age. Bends to metal, top left of buckle. 3rd-12th items: Overall good condition with fading, foxing spots, areas of loss, largest 1/8" x /4", tears, largest 1" x 1/4", to surface and edegs of CDVs. 6th item: Bends, largest 2 5/8", to CDV.
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