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5018 - PRINTED AND FILLED-IN PAROLE, 'APPOMATTOX COURT HOUSE, VA', 3.25" X 8.0", printed on lined paper with wide margins dated April 10th, 1865 detailing that Captain George S. Jones, Company B, 2nd Georgia Battalion was a paroled prisoner of the Army of Northern Virginia and has permission to return to his home and remain there undisturbed. The parole is signed by G. W. Briggs, Surgeon, in charge of GM Field Infirmary, ANV Jones had enlisted April 20th, 1861 as a 2nd Lt. in the 2nd Georgia Battalion Company B. He was promoted to Captain on March 15th, 1862. In his obituary [which is provided] he was wounded at Chancellorsville and wounded in the face and arm at the Battle of Gettysburg. He was again wounded two days before Lee's surrender at Sailor's Creek [April 6th, 1865]. While undergoing treatment for this last wound he was issued this parole. Surgeon George W. Briggs was in the Field and Staff of the 30th North Carolina Infantry. Previously he had service in the 15th Alabama Infantry and 44th Virginia [Field and Staff]. He was in charge of a field infirmary at Appomattox and had surrendered also on April 9th, 1865. This parole is in excellent condition as far as Appomattox Paroles go as most are stained and damaged by constant folding and unfolding by the soldier on his way home. The paper is firm; three vertical folds do not damage the paper or embellishments, very light age tone not as pronounced as in the scan and is the nicest we have handled in near 40 years in business. Of interest to add, Jones was actually issued TWO paroles at Appomattox. We sold the other parole for Jones years ago along with some of Jones' letters. The other one was signed by a field officer. These paroles for wounded soldiers signed by a surgeon are RARE indeed................................................$5,500.00


3002 - MAJOR HENRY RATHBONE, Henry Reed Rathbone (July 1, 1837 - August 14, 1911) was a United States military officer and diplomat who was present at the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Rathbone was sitting with his fiancée, Clara Harris next to the President and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, when John Wilkes booth entered the president's box at Ford's Theatre and fatally shot Lincoln. When Rathbone attempted to prevent Booth from fleeing the scene, Booth stabbed and seriously wounded him. On April 14, 1865, Major Rathbone and his fiancée Clara accepted an invitation to see a play at Ford's Theatre from President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. The couple, who had been friends with the President and his wife for some time, were invited after Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia, Thomas Eckert and several other people had declined Mrs. Lincoln's invitation to the play. During the play, noted stage actor John Wilkes Booth surreptitiously entered the Presidential box and fatally shot Lincoln in the back of the head with a Derringer pistol. Rathbone attempted to apprehend Booth and, during the struggle, Booth slashed Rathbone's left arm with a Bowie knife from the elbow to his shoulder. After stabbing Rathbone in the arm and slashing at his head, Booth leapt from the box onto the stage and reputedly cried out "Sic semper tyrannis," ("Thus always to tyrants"). Although Booth had broken his left fibula two inches above the ankle when he jumped onto the stage, he successfully escaped, and remained at large for twelve days. Meanwhile, the mortally wounded President was taken across the street to the house of William Petersen after doctors decided that Lincoln would not survive the journey back to the White House. Despite his serious wound, Rathbone escorted First Lady Mary Lincoln to the Petersen House and, shortly thereafter, passed out due to loss of blood. Clara Harris arrived at the house soon after and held Rathbone's head in her lap while he drifted in and out of consciousness. A surgeon who had been attending the President finally examined Rathbone and realized his wound was more serious than initially thought. Booth had severed an artery located just above Rathbone's elbow and had cut him nearly to the bone. Rathbone was taken home while Harris remained with Mrs. Lincoln during her vigil at the Petersen House for some nine hours. This death vigil lasted through the night, until morning, when President Lincoln died at 7:22 A.M. on April 15, 1865. A soldier's discharge made out to Private John Stamford US Volunteer Cavalry dated December 29th, 1863. The reason of the discharge was his reenlistment in the Veteran Volunteer Corps. Washington, DC. 8" X 10" with large eagle masthead. SIGNED BY CAPTAIN HENRY R. RATHBONE. Very fine and impossible to find........................$1,950.00


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

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. 

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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.
   This includes Western and Texas items; African American historical items; Maps; Related Books; Coins and Currency from multiple time periods; and a section containing items from New Orleans.
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January 27 2015

Union CDV's

January 26 2015

Black History
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January 25 2015

Lincoln Items
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January 24 2015

Colonial Militaria
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January 17, 2015

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January 14, 2015

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January 11, 2015

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January 10, 2015

Black History
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January 5, 2015

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January 4, 2015

Union CDV's

January 1, 2015

Lincoln Items

December 31, 2014

Union Images
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December 30, 2014

Civil War Notes

December 22, 2014

Coins Used in Early America

December 15, 2014

Confederate Currency

December 14, 2014

Black History

December 13, 2014

Civil War Newspapers
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December 11, 2014

Colonial Documents

War of 1812 Documents

December 8, 2014

Mexican War

December 5, 2014

Ancient Coins

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