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9080 - JACK LEON RUBY (BORN JACOB LEON RUBENSTEIN, March 25, 1911 - January 3, 1967, was a nightclub operator in Dallas, Texas. On November 24, 1963, Ruby fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald, who was in police custody after being charged with the assassination of John F. Kennedy two days earlier. A Dallas jury found Ruby guilty of murdering Oswald, and Ruby was sentenced to death. Later, Ruby appealed his conviction and death sentence and was granted a new trial. As the date for his new trial was being set, Ruby became ill and died of a pulmonary embolism due to lung cancer. Many contend Ruby was involved with major figures in organized crime, and conspiracy theorists widely assert that Ruby was not the sort to be entrusted with such an act within a high-level conspiracy. In this display is a check signed by Ruby form one of his nightclubs in Dallas, Texas. Copy photos of Kennedy in the motorcade and the actual shooting of Oswald are in this 11" X 14" display that is double matted. One of the most famous moments of US history captured on camera. Limited displays are available, unframed [shrink wrapped].........................................$375.00     Custom framed...........................................$435.00

6131 - GENERAL GEORGE A. CUSTER, Carte de visite by Matthew Brady. Full standing pose by Brady in New York, image taken by Matthew Brady, February 15th, 1864. Katz #31. Raised in Michigan and Ohio, Custer was admitted to West Point in 1858, where he graduated last in his class. However, with the outbreak of the Civil War, all potential officers were needed, and Custer was called to serve with the Union Army. Custer developed a strong reputation during the Civil War. He fought in the first major engagement, the First Battle of Bull Run. His association with several important officers helped his career, as did his success as a highly effective cavalry commander. Custer was eventually promoted to the temporary rank (brevet) of major general and promoted major general of Volunteers. (At war's end, he reverted to his permanent rank of captain). At the conclusion of the Appomattox Campaign, in which he and his troops played a decisive role, Custer was dispatched to the west to fight in the Indian Wars. His disastrous final battle overshadowed his prior achievements. Custer and all the men with him were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, in 1876, fighting against a coalition of Native American tribes in a battle that has come to be popularly known in American history as "Custer's Last Stand." Choice, a beautiful card, trifle age spot, a very rare pose..............................................................$2,200.00

3205 - GENERAL ALEXANDER P. STEWART, 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

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

December 6 & 7, 2014

The Middle Tennessee Civil War Show & Sale

Williamson Country Ag Expo Park
4215 Long LN.
Franklin, TN

January 3 & 4, 2015

Low Country Civil War Show

Omar Shrine Temple
176 Patriots Point Street
Mount Pleasant, SC

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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***New Additions***

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

November 28, 2014

War of 1812 Artifacts

November 26, 2014

Colonial Artifacts
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November 24, 2014

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November 23, 2014

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Confederate Documents
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November 20, 2014

Union Autographs

November 18, 2014

Confederate Documents

November 16, 2014

Union Images
Union CDV's
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November 15, 2014

Confederate Images

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