Lot 602    

Inscribed Photograph-Autograph Album of Captain Allen V. Reed, USN,
2007, Historic Americana, June 6 & 7
a thick 7.5” by 9.5” leather album with “Allen V. Reed/U.S. Navy/from/Grand-father” embossed on front board containing a plethora of military albumen photographs cut and glued to board in the Victorian fashion with alternating pages of inked autographs of notable military and civilian subjects. Thirty-four pages are mounted with as many as 9 fancy cutouts per page with the military photographs intermingled with well-heeled civilians, costumed children and subjects of virtue including scenes of exotic locales, warships at anchor, several ironclads, and a razor sharp cdv-sized cutout of three Civil War soldiers posed in camp. Interspersed in the album are 18 pages of seemingly random inked autographs, typically three to a page, ranging from prominent politicians and generals to virtual unknowns, plus five loose autographs including a clipped “Honorable Mr. Polk AD 1858” (not the President) and “C.C. Augur/Maj. Genl.” The most important signatures are Speaker of the House of Representatives and future Vice-President “Schuyler Colfax,” Abolitionist “Tho. W. Beecher, Elmira, N.Y./March 4, 1867,” Radical Republican Congressman “Thaddeus Stevens” of Pennsylvania, Kansas Jayhawker “J. H. Lane, Lawrence, Kansas” (Lane shot himself in July 1866) and President “Theodore Roosevelt/April 29th 1908.” Military figures include “Major General “Lovell Rosseau/Somerset, Ky.,” Major General “Edwin S. McCook/Brig Gen./Pekin/Tazwell Co./Illinois,” Governor “Richard Yates” of Illinois, “E.D. Townsend, Bvt. Maj. Genl. U.S.A./Jan 25, 1866,” and Major General “N.P. Banks/Waltham, Massachusetts.”

Unfortunately, practically none of the approximately 66 preponderantly naval subjects are identified by name, although all are in uniform with most showing rank insignia. Among the highlights of varied naval subjects is a montage of photographs memorializing Lieutenant Joseph Whipple Harris, USN, who died on August 24, 1861 while serving aboard the USS St. Mary’s of the Pacific squadron. The largest albumen is a detailed 7” by 4” study of the paddlewheel steamer USS Powhatan anchored in New York harbor. Another large albumen depicts Powhatan’s officers assembled on deck. A smaller oval albumen is a candid shot of an officer on deck leaning against a mast with lounging sailors in the background. There is a photograph of the steamer USS Resaca built in 1864-65. Other naval shots include a stern view of the 4000 ton ironclad USS Miantonomah with a pair of “light draft monitors” pictured on the next page. At least 16 albumens are Civil War army officers including the view of Grant wearing mourning ribbon and a solitary pencil identified cutout of Major General “Edwin S. McCook,” a regular cavalryman of some renown.

Also, an unidentified bird colonel and lieutenant colonel/major that may be associated with the 28th NY as there is a cutout of the regiment’s national colors emblazoned with battle honors to Chancellorsville. Several armed but unknown officers are present.

Captain Allen V. Reed joined the navy as Acting Midshipmen in September 1854 and with the advent war became Master on February 1861. Reed was promoted to Lieutenant in April 1861 and rewarded for his Civil War service with advancement to Lieutenant-Commander in March 1865. Like many career officers Reed languished in the peacetime navy finally making the Captain’s list in July 1884. He retired from service in the same grade in June 1896 as one of the navy’s senior captains with 42 years afloat. Nothing is known of his later years. The collected albumens display razor sharp clarity with strong tones providing a visually artistic panorama of mid-19th century photography composed in an album with autographs as a personal documentary of his time.


Condition:  
Leather album is tight with usual wear to top and bottom of spine, at least VG. Photographs uniformly near EXC with album pages and tissue covers showing minor foxing, VG+.
Sold: $0.00
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

don't miss

an opportunity to bid. You can't win if you're not in.

sign up to bid

what's it worth?

ask the experts

sell your item

start selling
Harrison and Tyler Campaign Banner,
Lot # 789 - Harrison and Tyler Campaign Banner,
printed on cotton in black with Harrison/And/Tyler./'Commodore Perry, 10th of Sept. 1813./'General Harrison, 5th of Oct. 1813.'/WE HONOR THE BRAVE. with wonderful printed U.S. shield breasted spread winged eagle with garland of flowers trumpet, clutching arrows with rayed background and 13 5-pointed... > Item Details
Sixth Plate Daguerreotype of a Young Girl
Lot # 949 - Sixth Plate Daguerreotype of a Young Girl
seated in a nice pose. The edge of a table is visible on the right side. Case is brown and mostly severed. No original seal. > Item Details
1884 Blaine-Logan Presidential Campaign Flag,
Lot # 815 - 1884 Blaine-Logan Presidential Campaign Flag,
the canton consists of the images of the unsuccessful Republican candidates immersed in swirling stars, 38 in number. Boldly printed in black across the white stripes is FOR PRESIDENT/JAMES G. BLAINE/FOR VICE PRESIDENT/JOHN A. LOGAN with "dot" accents at the beginning and end of each line. Below th... > Item Details
William Henry Jackson Photographs of Colorado and New Mexico Scenery,
Lot # 24 - William Henry Jackson Photographs of Colorado and New Mexico Scenery,
lot of 4, includes an 9" x 12.75" image on 16" x 20" mount of Pike's Peak & Garden of the Gods, with U.S.G.S. stamp center top of mount; PLUS 13.5" x 10" photograph on 16" x 13" mount showing Ute Pass, W.H. Jackson & Co. Phot Denver lower right in negative; PLUS 10" x 13.5" photograph of Sultan Mtn.... > Item Details
Two Kirkland Boudoir Photographs of Wyoming Cattle Herd,
Lot # 434 - Two Kirkland Boudoir Photographs of Wyoming Cattle Herd,
with photographer's imprint on mounts, one titled in negative Bunch of Trail Cattle showing a heard of steers, AND another photograph of the heard, several mounted cowboys can be seen in the distance. > Item Details
Sixth Plate Daguerreotype of a Man,
Lot # 919 - Sixth Plate Daguerreotype of a Man,
the photograph is taken at close range and the man stares directly into the camera. The backdrop is unusual, and it is possibly the back of the studio room. The man wears a plaid vest. The case is in beautiful shape. It is brown with gilt patterns of leaves and a bird on both sides. The inside ... > Item Details
Two Stacy Cabinet Cards of Buffalo Bill,
Lot # 1296 - Two Stacy Cabinet Cards of Buffalo Bill,
both with his Brooklyn address on recto and "Yours Truly W.F. Cody" printed on verso. A pair of classic Bill images, taken in the late 1880s. > Item Details
Montage of Mining Photographs,
Lot # 1199 - Montage of Mining Photographs,
four Arizona 4.5” x 6.75” albumen prints mounted on a single piece of card stock and framed in period marbleized wooden frame (11.75” x 15.75”) showing miners working with rail ore cars, with deep cut in bluff created for their rail track and at frame constructed mill building. > Item Details
Post-War CDV of James Longstreet,
Lot # 586 - Post-War CDV of James Longstreet,
seated 3/4-length portrait in civilian dress with E. & H.T. Anthony New York backmark from a Brady negative with green 2-cent Washington U.S. Inter. Rev. stamp on reverse. A rare image, taken soon after the end of the War, when Longstreet's reputation as Lee's right-hand man was still relatively uns... > Item Details
Four Large Format Western Landscape Photographs,
Lot # 46 - Four Large Format Western Landscape Photographs,
includes one with stamped back mark of A. Ludden, Tacoma, Wash. entitled on gray card stock Mt. Tacoma from Tacoma Hotel. No. 146, signed in negative Copyright 1897/by A. Ludden with hotel in foreground and Mt. in background, 3.5" x 8", card stock 5.75" x 10.25", PLUS 2 anonymous images all on orig... > Item Details
Sixth Plate Daguerreotype of a Painting, Portrait of a Abner Browner,
Lot # 882 - Sixth Plate Daguerreotype of a Painting, Portrait of a Abner Browner,
a well-preserved plate in good condition of a dignified man staring directly at camera. Housed in a complete brown leather case. > Item Details
Real Photo Postcard Collection of Duke Kahanamoku,
Lot # 874 - Real Photo Postcard Collection of Duke Kahanamoku, "Father of Surfing,"
lot of 3. Includes a silver print of Kahanamoku standing on a beach in front of his board stuck upright in the sand with DUKE on its end, PLUS second silver print of a young unidentified surfer with others in background, AND 3rd a beach scene with Diamond Head in background, all unused. Duke Paoa Ka... > Item Details
Beautifully Tinted Cased Sixth Plate Ambrotype of A Young Lady,
Lot # 1035 - Beautifully Tinted Cased Sixth Plate Ambrotype of A Young Lady,
seated in blue checked dress with pink ribbon at collar and holding a book in lap, mounted in brown scroll work Union case. > Item Details
Exceptional Group of Early Kansas Oil Well Photographs,
Lot # 1174 - Exceptional Group of Early Kansas Oil Well Photographs,
lot of 22, includes fifteen ca 4.75" x 6.75" early silver gelatin prints on 8" x 10" gray card stock, some signed in negatives Avery and others with Avery, Sedan, Kansas blind stamp on stock, showing gushers, rig fires, oil derricks and more, PLUS an early 6" x 8" silver print on printed card stock ... > Item Details
Nine Books & Albums about Jenny Lind,
Lot # 531 - Nine Books & Albums about Jenny Lind,
includes: Beman, Samuel. Nightingale; or, the Jenny Lind Songster.... N.Y.: Stringer & Townsend, 1850. 12mo in half calf with marbled board, 240pp. Stringer & Townsend were located below P.T. Barum's museum; PLUS Jenny Lind Album. New York: Cornish, Lamport & Co., n.d. 4to in embossed black leather... > Item Details
Early Silver Print of Southern League 1913 Birmingham Baseball Team,
Lot # 1324 - Early Silver Print of Southern League 1913 Birmingham Baseball Team,
single sheet with 17 identified players from this Southern League team from 1913, 3.25" x 15", players names includes Omar Hargrove, Walter Mayor, Bill Prough, Roy Ellam, Rick Woodward, Carlton Molesworth, Arthur Marcan, Peter Knisely, Clyde McBride, Rube Evans, Bob Messenger, Eddie McDonald, Bill M... > Item Details
Two Cabinet Cards of Buffalo Bill,
Lot # 1303 - Two Cabinet Cards of Buffalo Bill,
one a profile image by Brisbois of Chicago, the other by Newsboy of New York. Both with printed captions. Newsboy image with penciled notation from the former owner noting she saw Bill in performance in 1907 and "He was an old man then." > Item Details
Illustrated Indian Territory Lettersheet from the Caddo Hotel, Plus,
Lot # 1231 - Illustrated Indian Territory Lettersheet from the Caddo Hotel, Plus,
lot of 2 includes 2 single letter sheets, on Caddo Hotel stationary in El Reno, O.T., Nov. 20, 1898. This letter could well prove interesting with more research as it is written by a Eugene Hayes, before his trial on unnamed charges and talks of the death of Judge Pitzer, leaving only you & ??? & ??... > Item Details
A Fine J.C. Grabill Photograph of Frank Grouard, U.S. Scout,
Lot # 426 - A Fine J.C. Grabill Photograph of Frank Grouard, U.S. Scout,
10.5 x 13.5" albumen image, mounted on larger gilt-edged board with Grabill's Chicago Portrait and View Co. hand stamp on verso. Titled in the negative No. 3607 Frank Granard [sic], Chief of U.S. Scouts, 1891. As a young man Grouard (1850-1905) was captured by the Sioux and spent six years among th... > Item Details
[NEVADA MINING.] Scarce 1887 Pamphlet of Nevada Mining Laws,
Lot # 285 - [NEVADA MINING.] Scarce 1887 Pamphlet of Nevada Mining Laws,
Land Laws of the State of Nevada, and Rules and Regulations Adopted by the State Land Office. 1887. Paper covers, inscription on the front cover "To Martin J Feenaw Esqr From J E Jones Your old pupil at Boone's SchoolHouse Iowa", 18pp plus 2 Affadavits. > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20
SKIP TO PAGE: