Published: July 9, 2002
LA JOLLA, CALIF. – Early American History Auctions, Inc (EAHA) announces the results of its June 8 Mail Bid Auction, consisting of 1,363 lots of autographs, coins, currency and Americana.
Autographs included a Letter of State signed by Thomas Jefferson as President and James Madison as Secretary of State realizing $23,000; a 1778 Mountain Road lottery ticket signed by George Washington, $13,800; two autograph letters signed by George A. Custer each made $9,775 and an Annie Oakley autograph letter signed realized $9,200. A collection of Spanish American War era Naval Department, including the original 1898 Declaration of War telegram sent to Admiral George Dewey, went for $12,650.
A signed caricature of Winston Churchill reached $3,162; a set of photographs signed by the 12 astronauts who have walked on the moon, $2,415; a large albumen photograph signed by Union General Robert Anderson, $3,163; a letter written by John Tyler, Jr. regarding the 1876 election dispute, in which he suggests that Samuel J. Tilden be hanged as a traitor, attained $3,450.
A group of 19 original drawings made by artist Burns Jenkins, Jr, at the trial of Bruno Haupmann for the murder of the Lindbergh baby came in at $7,200. An autograph album leaf signed by Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1904, along with a small ink sketch of their biplane, sold for $13,800. A complete set of John Marshall’s The Life of Washington (five volumes plus atlas) sent for $3,049. In Civil War material, the war recollections of a solder in Company H, 6th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, reached $ 2,700, and in Black History, a runaway slave broadside brought $7,475.
Highlights of the collection of silhouettes by artist Beatrix Sherman, each one signed by the subject, included Houdini ($9,200); Arthur Conan Doyle and family ($5,175); magician Samuel C. Hooker ($5,175); a group of 102 early Hollywood stars ($3,900); the Duke and Duchess of Windsor ($2,300); Amelia Earhart ($1,560) and Will Rogers ($1,035).
Highlights of Colonial Currency included: A November 3, 1775 New Hampshire 30s, choice crisp about uncirculated ($2,160); a November 21, 1757 Session, North Carolina £5 Payment “not hyphenated,” choice extremely fine ($2,480); a March 10, 1769, Pennsylvania 2s6d, plate A, very choice extremely fine plus ($2,875); and a February 14, 1777, South Carolina $30, Old Man Walking Vignette, choice crisp about uncirculated ($1,035). Highlights of Colonial Coinage included a 1783 Chalmers Shilling, Short Worm, PCGS graded F-15 ($1,513); a (1792-94) Kentucky token, engrailed edge, uncirculated, 10 percent red ($1,507); and a 1796 Castorland medal, struck in copper from the original dies, choice proof ($3,738).
Stamps and encased postage stamps featured a collection of United States checks and revenue stamps bringing $1,020. Highlights of the encased postage were a 3¢ John Shillito & Co., Cincinnati, choice extremely fine plus to about new ($2,070) and a 5¢ Gage Brothers & Drake, “Tremont House,” Chicago, about new ($1,093).
Medals and Indian peace medals included an 1853 Franklin Pierce Indian peace medal in silver, choice extremely fine ($9,775); a (1775) William Penn Indian peace medal in silver, choice extremely fine ($3,080); a 1777 Benjamin Franklin “American” plaque by Nini, choice uncirculated ($2,013); a 1670 British Colonization medal in silver, gem proof like mint state ($1,610); and a Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York Canadian Indian peace medal in silver, choice extremely fine ($2,704).
United States coinage included an 1861-O Seated Liberty half dollar, choice proof ($17,250); a 1793 Flowing Hair “Chain” cent, ANACS graded net very fine-20 ($5,750); a 1799 draped bust dollar, ANACS graded about uncirculated-50 ($4,025); a 1955/55 doubled die Lincoln cent, select uncirculated (MS-64) 80 percent red ($2,990); an 1891-S Liberty head double eagle $20 gold, SECS graded mint state-64 ($3,000) and an 1885-S Liberty head double eagle $20 gold, SEGS graded mint state-63 ($2,760).
Militaria, guns and weapons were highlighted by a circa 1840 naval officer’s dress hat, sword and scabbard, and belt with frogging, all attributed to Alexander J. Dallas, that realized $6,900 and a circa 1880 Smith & Wesson nickel-plated six-shooter, .44 double action 1865 patent 1st model, Springfield, Mass., that sold for $1,366.
Other sections were also offered, including Americana, political ephemera, posters, photographs, newspapers, Judaica, fossils, cultural artifacts and antique maps.
Prices realized include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
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