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#4502 - This unique display contains a strand of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Lincoln's hair as well as a remnant from the original fabric that covered the "courting sofa" that Abraham and Mary Lincoln sat on while courting prior to their marriage in 1842. The hair originated from small locks belonging to Mrs. Carolina Wright, the wife of Indiana Governor Joseph A. Wright, following Lincoln's 1865 inauguration as a token of their friendship. The fabric originated from the famous Lattimer collection [Heritage Auctions 2008] and was formally in the collection of noted Lincoln specialist Chuck Hand. Included is a wonderful booklet giving the history and provenance of the "courting sofa" and the fabric. The hair was sold at Christie's Auction in 2002 [Forbes Collection] and a copy of that lot page is included with the booklet.........................$395.00  framed...........+$75.00 Available Dec. 10th for shipping!!


6700 - This piece of coverlet was owned by Colonel Elijah W. Penny who had service in three Indiana Union regiments and was wounded six times. The period note identifies the coverlet as being taken out of Stonewall Jackson's house after the "U.S. Civil War in 1865". Penny was discharged in Charlotte, NC in late 1865 and obviously obtained this souvenir during his return home west either personally or from an officer friend. During the Civil War the house was vacant or possibly rented but no evidence is known to state Mary Anna Jackson rented it during the war but she did later as records show. Hunter's troops raided Lexington in June 1864 but there is no evidence that they entered the house. Penny would have passed through Lexington or nearby as the 130th Indiana headed home from the Carolinas in late 1865. A vacant house of a notable Confederate General would have been a temptation for troops to enter looking for souvenirs.

The house was constructed in 1800, by Cornelius Dorman. Dr. Archibald Graham purchased the house and significantly expanded it in 1845 by adding a stone addition on the rear and remodeling the front and interior to accommodate his medical practice. Dr. Graham sold the house to then - Major Thomas Jackson, a professor at the nearby Virginia Military Institute, on November 4, 1858, for $3000. It is the only house Jackson ever owned. He lived in the brick and stone house with his second wife, Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, until the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861. It housed Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital from 1907 until 1954; when it was converted to a museum. In 1979 the house was carefully restored to its appearance at the time of the Jackson's occupancy. The house and garden are owned and operated as a museum by the Virginia Military Institute from April through December. 11" X 14" display, gray with red trim acid free matting.......................................$250.00/unframed - shrink wrapped                     $335.00/custom framed

6601 - ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S HAIR AS WELL AS BANDAGE FRAGMENTS FROM LINCOLN'S DEATH ROOM AT THE PETERSON HOUSE, APRIL 14TH AND 15TH, 1865, On the night of April 14, 1865, the mortally wounded President was carried to a back bedroom in the Peterson House dying there early in the morning of April 15th. Above is a fragmet of gauze bandage that was used in the care of Lincoln showing "dark-colored spotting reminiscent of blood". The bandage fragment originated from the Herman Rudd Collection in Buffalo, NY and was previously in the collection of the Holland Purchase Historical Society where they have another piece presently matching this example. The hair strand originated from a lock of Lincoln's hair sold at Christies in 2002 from the famous Forbes Collection. 11" X 14" double matted in scarlet suede with Florentine gold trim. We have a very limited amount of displays available. Recently a small piece cloth from a towel from Lincoln's death room brought over $10,000 at auction [3.25" X 4.25"]. This fragment is encased in a small magnified box and is approximately 1/2" X 1/2" [size will slightly vary]..........,,,...$550.00/unframed         $615.00/custom framed


6600 - THE LINCOLN HERNDON OFFICE AT SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, Lincoln took William H. Herndon as his junior partner in 1844. While Lincoln and Herndon occupied this building, they prepared cases for the federal courts, the Illinois Supreme Court and the state's Eighth Judicial Circuit, which covered most of east-central Illinois. Lincoln rode the circuit for a total of six months during the year, but Herndon usually stayed in Springfield. This building is located at 6th and Adams St, in Springfield, Illinois and is the only building still standing that Lincoln used as a law office. Above, a small piece of wall lathe wood taken during remodeling in the 20th Century and a strand of Lincoln's hair from the Christie's sale in 2002 of the Forbes Collection Part 2. 11" X 14", double matted in crimson suede with Florentine gold trim. Certificate of provenance included for the wood and hair strand.......................................$375.00/unframed           $440.00/custom framed

9420 - MARY CUSTIS LEE AUTOGRAPHS A SIGNATURE OF ROBERT E. LEE FOR A RELATIVE IN 1916, A note dated January 1st, 1916 to her cousin Merrill Chapin and signed by Mary Custis Lee on a partial document signed by Robert E. Lee in 1838 as Captain of Engineers while stationed at St. Louis while working on Mississippi River improvements above the mouth of the Ohio River. A bold signature of Lee as a Captain as well as Mary Custis Lee's note written two years before her death. Very fine, two excellent autographs.....................................$2,995.00

6026 - GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE, A strand of General Lee's hair in our new historical display. The hair's provenance came from a small lock given to Laura Thomas on April 19th, 1869 by Lee himself [copy of note provided in the certificate] and separated by noted antiquarian Charles Hamiliton in 1992. This 8" X 10" display has a copy photo of Lee taken by Brady in Richmond in 1865. The hair is housed within a small magnified box for better viewing. The custom matting is attractive scarlet suede with gold Florentine trim. We have a very limited amount to sell and this is the first Lee hair we have had in five years. Unframed and shrink wrapped ready to frame.....................$325.00     Custom framed in 3/4" deep wooden frame with UV glass.............................................$385.00 [display required a 3/4" deep frame]

2027 - GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE AT WASHINGTON COLLEGE, this 11" X 14" display has a strand of Lee's hair given to Louise R. Thoms by Lee in 1869 as well as a small piece of the leather from Lee's chair in his chapel office at Washington College when the chair was restored and remnants of the leather given to donors to the University. The hair's provenance is verified by Charles Hamiliton a noted antiquarian as being taken from a lock owned by Louise R. Thoms originally being sold by Christies of New York. A copy of the donor card from Washington & Lee University is shown on the certificate of authenticity. Unframed........................................$425.00


9072 - A fragment of the 2nd National Confederate flag that flew over Fort Sumter until it was evacuated on February 17th, 1865 and owned by Gen. Thomas Abram Huguenin. He was present at the capture of Fort Sumter on April 12th & 13th, 1861 and commanded the rear guard at the evacuation of Morris Island. He was in command of Fort Sumter from July of 1864 to February 17, 1865 and was the last to leave the fort. Two months after the evacuation of Fort Sumter Huguenin surrendered at Greensboro and would later be paroled at the end of the war. During the war he was wounded on four occasions never incapacitating him from continuing his duties. The Second National Flag of the Confederacy, or Stainless Banner, was adopted on May 1, 1863. This flag caused confusion because its long white field often made it look like a surrender flag. It was replaced with the Third National Confederate Flag March 1st, 1865. The 2nd National flag was the type that was removed from the fort by Huguenin when he evacuated the fort. An example of that style is flag is shown above. This small remnant was part of the entire remnant that is accompanied by a note attesting that the remnant was once part of the last Confederate flag that flew over Fort Sumter that was given to the previous owner by General Thomas Abram Huguenin. We have a limited number of these displays. Each is double matted 11" X 14". Display is sold either shrink wrapped ready to frame or custom framed in a 3/4" decorative gold wooden frame with UV glass. Cloth remnant in display is approximately 3/4" X 3/4". Letter of provenance and authenticity included. [a] Shrink wrapped ready to frame....................................$350.00   [b] Custom framed......................$415.00


5118 - The remnants of fabric shown in this display originated from Revolutionary War uniforms worn by American Colonial troops and British troops. The red fabric came from a British coat and the blue fabric came from a soldier in the Continental American army. The old notes that accompanied the fabric state that both remnants originated from a pin cushion. One note appears to have been written in the late 18th Century and the other in the beginning of the 19th Century. The latter note is signed by a Mrs. L. C. Jefferson. While at the beginning of the war American troops wore varied colored uniforms, later the color was mostly blue fabric being the standard. 11" X 14", double matted. Certificate of provenance included. Shrink wrapped ready to frame.......................................$350.00  Custom framing available..................................$65.00   [quantity limited]


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 more 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


2023 - JOHN BROWN, EXECUTED FOR HIS ATTACK ON HARPER'S FERRY IN 1859, FAMOUS REVOLUTIONARY ABOLITIONIST, A STRAND OF HIS HAIR, 8" X 10" double matted display featuring a strand of hair belonging to John Brown. John Brown (May 9, 1800 - December 2, 1859) was a white American abolitionist who believed armed insurrection was the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. During the 1856 conflict in Kansas, Brown commanded forces at the Battle of Black Jack and the Battle of Osawatomie. Brown's followers also killed five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie. In 1859, Brown led an unsuccessful raid on the federal armory at Harper's Ferry that ended with his capture. Brown's trial resulted in his conviction and a sentence of death by hanging. The display comes with sound provenance from noted expert Charles Hamilton......................................................$275.00/unframed (Framing available at a nominal charge)

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.............................................$375.00


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. 

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Colonial Musketballs

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Colonial Artillery Shots
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January 30, 2019

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