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Welcome To the Historical Shop
 Celebrating Over 35 Years in Business

With much sadness, we report the passing of George Neumann last week. George was a noted author, historian, and an icon in the collecting field of Colonial Artifacts. His books have become the standard references on Colonial Americana for collectors through the years. We last saw him in Baltimore several weeks ago. George would always take the time to discuss your item, if you had questions and elaborate on his items for sale. He will be missed by all Early Americana collectors and historians.

3205 - GENERAL ALEXANDER P. STEWARD, Carte de Visite by Turner & Cohen of New Orleans. Bust pose in Confederate uniform. Stewart accepted a commission as major in the artillery of the Tennessee Militia on may 17. Shortly afterwards he enter the Confederate Army on August 15 as a major of artillery. Stewart was appointed a brigadier general on November 8 and assigned to command the 2nd brigade, 2nd division, Columbus District, of the Confederate Department No. Two (the precursor to the Dept. of Tennessee). Stewart held this position from November 16 until that December, when his brigade was transferred to the Department's First Geographical Division until February 1862. His brigade was then briefly added to  John P. McCown's division in the Department until it joined the Army of Mississippi on April 1. Stewart's brigade was added to the Army of Mississippi's First Corps, under the command of Maj. Gen. Leonidas Polk. He was promoted to divisional command and to major general on June 2, 1863, and he participated in the Tullahoma Campaign that summer. He was in action at the Battle of Marietta in June. He was appointed temporary Lieutenant General on June 23, 1864, and led the Third Corps at the Battle of Ezra Church, where he was wounded in the forehead on July 28. Stewart continued to lead the Third Corps during the Franklin-Nashville Campaign in the fall of 1864, participating in the Second Battle of Franklin that November and the Battle of Franklin that November and the Battle of Nashville in December. What was left of the Army of Tennessee was sent east and fought in the Carolinas Campaign in 1865, once again under the command of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, who placed the Army of Tennessee (by this time fewer than 5,000 men) under the command of Lt. Gen. Alexander P. Stewart. The Army was surrendered on April 26 and Stewart was paroled at Greensboro, NC on May 1. A very rare card, the 2nd we have ever handled. This card we bought recently again after selling it 30 years ago. Very fine.............................$1,500.00


9013 - John O. Foster was a Methodist minister attached to the 24th Army Corps and is said to have preached the first sermon following the fall of Richmond, April 4th, 1865. Foster landed at City Point on April 2nd, 1865 at 2 PM and upon his arrival helped tend to the wounded from both sides that had arrived by train nearby. Foster also had the opportunity to watch the bombardment of Petersburg. That evening Foster watched Richmond burn, and was later given a pass to enter the city. On April 3rd or 4th, Foster, undoubtedly the first Union Chaplain in the City, was given a section of the enormous Confederate flag which flew over the Confederate State House. On April 5th, his diary states he visited the Confederate Treasury. He noted: "Promises to pay [bonds] in ton lots - told help yourselves - Did so...". Foster obtained as many varieties of bonds and Confederate money as he could and glued the sections of the Confederate flag he had obtained onto them. A label was later affixed to one section stating:  "Confederate money valuable as curios, pieces of flag floating over Capitol at Richmond on day of capitulation." Foster then preached under guard at the Presbyterian Church to an audience composed of mostly liberated slaves. The flag remnant above is from the flag taken from the Confederate Capitol with the edge turned to show a portion of a Confederate bond or banknote Foster removed from the Treasury and glued thereon. 11" X 14", double matted in gray and crimson red trim, shrink wrapped and ready to frame. A new Mora attractive design to this popular display. NOW...................................................................$200.00/unframed  Custom framed.................................................................$255.00/framed


9100 - With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation decree of 1863 was legally the law of the land. Charles Sumner and Schuyler Colfax were important advocates of this law being passed granting freedom from slavery to all in America. Throughout the war, Sumner had been the special champion of blacks, being the most vigorous advocate of emancipation, of enlisting blacks in the Union army, and of the establishment of the Freedmen's Bureau. As one of the Radical Republican leaders in the post-war Senate, Sumner fought to provide equal civil and voting rights for the freedmen on the grounds that "consent of the governed" was a basic principle of American republicanism and in order to keep ex-Confederates from gaining political offices and undoing the North's victory in the Civil War. Schuyler Colfax was an energetic opponent of slavery. In 1862, following the electoral defeat of House Speaker Galusha Grow, Colfax was elected Speaker of the House. During his term as Speaker, he announced the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865 after working diligently for the necessary votes for Lincoln to secure passage in the House. Strands of hair from Abraham Lincoln, Charles Sumner, and Schuyler Colfax. These strands came from locks of hair collected by Mrs. Caroline Wright, the wife of Indiana Governor Joseph A. Wright. Mrs. Wright collected hair of political figure during the latter half of the 19th Century and these were given to her after Lincoln's inauguration in 1865 as a token of friendship between the Wrights and the Lincolns. These relics passed through the Wright family until sold with other items at Christie's auction house in 1992. In 2002, these relics were again sold by Christie's as a part of the Forbes Collection (Lot #121). A description of the lot is attached to this certificate. This display is 11" X 14", double matted in scarlet suede with gold Florentine trim. Sold unframed [shrink wrapped ready to frame]......................................................$375.00/unframed    Custom framed in 3/4" burnished gold wooden frame............................$430.00/framed


22500 - Our newest addition to the Lincoln collection contains several important relics relating to the conspirators. The 11" X 14" display contains the following:  Strands of Abraham Lincoln's hair, pieces of the scaffold that the conspirators were hanged from in July 1865, a piece of wooden wall lath board and nail that came from the home of Dr. Samuel Mudd. Dr. Mudd was the physician who set Booth's broken leg after his escape from Washington after shooting Lincoln. Herold, who accompanied Booth to Dr. Mudd's house, was later hanged with other conspirators. The display is double matted with attractive suede mat with Florentine gold trim. Letters of provenance on the hair, wood form the gallows, and lath wood accompany the display. We have just 12 to sell of this historic display. Our Assassination display, the hair/gallows wood sells for $375 thus this one with the Dr. Mudd relic is an excellent buy...................................$480.00/custom framed Only one left


11090 - The Battles of Saratoga (September 19 and October 7, 1777) conclusively decided the fate of British General John Burgoyne's army in the American War of Independence and is generally regarded as a turning point in the war. The battles were fought eighteen days apart on the same ground, 9 miles (14 km) south of Saratoga, New York. Burgoyne's campaign to divide New England from the southern colonies had started well, but slowed due to logistical problems. He won a small tactical victory over General Horatio Gates and the Continental Army in the September 19 Battle of Freeman's Farm at the cost of significant casualties. His gains were erased when he again attacked the Americans in the October 7 Battle of Bemis Heights and the Americans captured a portion of the British defenses. Burgoyne was therefore compelled to retreat, and his army was surrounded by much larger America force at Saratoga, forcing him to surrender on October 17. News of Burgoyne's surrender was instrumental in formally bringing France into the war as an American ally, although it had previously given supplies, ammunition and guns, notably the de Valliere cannon, which played an important role in Saratoga. Formal participation by France changed the war to a global conflict. This battle also resulted in Spain contributing to the war on the American side. The town of Stillwater furnished the field for the Battles of Bemis Heights - or Saratoga and half of the 13th Albany Militia Regiment that helped defeat the British on October 7, 1777. Blue and red silk fragments that originated from a Revolutionary War flag used at the Battle of Saratoga. A 1943 note states that these fragments once hung in the lobby of the White Sulphur Springs Hotel in Stillwater, NY near the site of the Battle of Saratoga. A notation on the back of the frame dated July 11th, 1938 states that these fragments hung in the lobby of the aforementioned hotel in Stillwater, NY. The 1943 note states that there wee once several Revolutionary War flags hanging in the lobby by souvenir hunters cut the flags to pieces over the years and these remnants were framed and were all that was kept by owner Thomas Luther by the reception desk for many years. This was the second hotel at that location the first burning prior to 1859 then rebuilt about 1874 and finally closing in 1940 after Luther died in 1937. The 1857 date on the first notation under the flags obviously notes that the flags originated from the owner of the first hotel. Under the terms of Burgoyne's surrender the British were allowed to keep their colors so these fragments either came from a captured British flag or an American flag. Provisions of the agreement were broken by both parties and these remnants were sold at auction by Butterfield & Butterfield of San Francisco in Auction #16 March 19th, 1994 [copy of description included. 11" X 14" double matted with Federal gold suede and royal blue trim. The display will fit any standard 11" X 14" frame. These are the only remnants of a Revolutionary War flag we have ever seen offered for sale. Accompanied by a detail certificate of provenance. Unframed...............................$395.00   Custom Framed........................$450.00
Only one left

41805 - STRANDS OF HAIR BELONGING TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN DISPLAYED WITH A BEAUTIFUL 1909 LINCOLN HEAD CENT, we have added a beautiful 1909 Lincoln Head Cent to our popular Lincoln hair display. 1909 was the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Lincoln as well as the first year of issue of the Lincoln Head Cent. Each display will have a near un-circulated 1909 Lincoln Head cent with brilliant red tone showing. The strand of hair came from the Wright Collection auctioned by Christie's in 2002. Provenance certificate on the hair will be included with the certificate of authenticity. 8" X 10", double matted with beautiful crimson suede mat with Florentine gold trim. Unframed...........................................$335.00      Custom framed......................................$375.00

41804 - A SPECIAL OFFERING OF THE ORIGINAL 100TH ANNIVERSARY CIVIL WAR MEDALLION BRONZE MEDALS, 1861-1961, 2.75", [64mm]. LET US HAVE PEACE, LEE AND GRANT, reverse two soldiers, CIVIL WAR CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE. The official 100th Anniversary medal produced by the Medallic Art Company of New York. In the original box with papers. Mint condition. We see these listed on Ebay for $29.99-$35.00. We have a few at................................................$20.00/each

71615 - MARY TODD LINCOLN, 8" X 10" matted display with several stands of the actual hair of Mary Todd Lincoln with a copy photograph of her. Double matted on scarlet suede with Florentine gold trim. These strands came from locks of hair collected by Mrs. Caroline Wright, the wife of Indiana Governor Joseph A. Wright. Mrs. Wright collected hair of political figures during the latter half of the 19th Century and these were given to her after Lincoln's inauguration in 1865 as a token of friendship between the Wrights and the Lincolns. These relics passed through the Wright family until sold with other items at Christie's auction house in 1992. In 2002, these relics were again sold by Christie's as a part of the Forbes Collection (Lot #121). A description of the lot is included with the display along with our certificate of authenticity. Sold matted and shrink wrapped ready to frame or we can custom frame the display.............................................$250.00/unframed For those who already have our Abraham Lincoln 8" X 10", this one matches perfectly, requires a 3/4" deep frame.....................................................$295.00/framed

DL001 - ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 8" X 10", double matted in handsome suede, high lighted with a copy photo of Lincoln seated, strands of Lincoln's hair encased. Wright Collection sold by Christie's Auction House. Unframed..................................$295.00  

, 11" X 14", double matted with copy photos of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. Strands of hair from both individuals. Ex-Wright Collection. A beautiful presentation in either emerald green or burgundy matting, unframed.


DL006 - 11" X 14" display with strands of Abraham Lincoln's hair as well as fragments from the scaffold that the conspirators were hung. Included are copy photos of Lincoln, the hanging scene, and a view of the reward poster for Booth and his conspirators. Burgundy suede matting with florentine gold trim. Certificate of authenticity and provenance documentation included. 
           $395.00/unframed              Custom framed


General Robert E. Lee

8270 - FABRIC FROM A CHAIR BELONGING TO ROBERT E. LEE GIVEN TO HIS GODCHILD, the fabric in this display originated from a chair that originally covered a chair belonging to Robert E. Lee. It was found in an old envelope noted, "General Robert E. Lee, button and material from his rocking chair which he presented to his friend Stanton...Grosse Isle." The Stanton mentioned was the fifth son of General Henry Stanton who served with Lee in the Mexican War, Robert Lee Stanton [1842 - 1932]. Robert Lee Stanton was named after Robert E. Lee and was his Godchild. He moved to Grosse Isle, Michigan in 1880 and became a farmer. The chair in the photo is not the chair that this fabric originated from. 11" x 14", gray mat with red trim. Fabric is displayed in a small magnified box and includes certificate of authenticity. We only have eight to sell. Unframed.....................................................$250.00

8271 - WOOD SALVAGED FROM THE C.S.S. VIRGINIA, ALSO KNOWN AS THE MERRIMACK THAT FOUGHT THE IRONCLAD MONITOR, MARCH 9TH, 1862, the CSS Virginia was the first steam-powered ironclad warship of the Confederate States Navy, built during the first year of the American Civil War; she was constructed as a casemate ironclad using the raised and cut down hull of the scuttled USS Merrimack. Virginia was one of the participants in the Battle of Hampton Roads, opposing the Union's USS Monitor in March, 1862. The battle is chiefly significant in naval history as the first battle between ironclads. Prior to that encounter on March 9th, the Virginia had sunk the Cumberland and the Congress on the previous day before the arrival of the Monitor. The fight between the two ironclads was basically a draw and the Virginia moved back into her port. With the capture of Norfolk, her Captain Catesby ap Roger Jones was ordered to destroy her rather than allow her to be captured which he did on May 11th, 1862 after her guns had been removed for future use. Starting around 1883, numerous souvenirs, made from recently salvaged iron and wood raised from Virginia's sunken hulk, found a ready and willing market among eastern seaboard residents who remembered the historic first battle between ironclads. Known examples still exist today, being held in both public and private collections, rarely coming up for public auction. The specimen of wood from the Virginia in this display came from an old collection of relics including those of the Virginia. 11" X 14", double matted in gray and red, certificate of authenticity included.................................$250.00

We have been involved in Americana collectibles since 1978 and  publish an illustrated catalogue that lists a larger portion of our stock. 

Show Alert

March 29, 2014

Chicagoland's National Civil War & Military Extravaganza Show

DuPage County Fairgrounds
2015 Manchester Rd.
Wheaton, IL

May 3 & 4, 2014

Ohio Civil War Collectors Show

Richland County Fairgrounds
750 N. Home Rd./Trimble Exit

Mansfield, OH

The Historical Shop  website offers only a glimpse of the items available from our inventory of American collectibles.  You can find items from Ancient times through the Civil War & everything in between.
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     We also have items for auction on Ebay. I use the ID Centurian so come look me up!  You can use the link under the Ebay logo to see what I currently have for auction.
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April 14, 2014

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April 13, 2014

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April 1, 2014

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March 31, 2014

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March 30, 2014

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March 29, 2014

Colonial Militaria

March 27, 2014

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March 26, 2014

War of 1812 Buttons
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March 25, 2014

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March 24, 2014

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March 23, 2014

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March 7, 2014

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March 5, 2014

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March 4, 2014

Confederate CDV's

March 3, 2014

Union CDV's

March 2, 2014

Lincoln Items
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March 1, 2014

Confederate Autographs
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