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Blown and Cut, Etched Glass Wine Goblet Commemorating the Capture of Gibraltar in 1704, Property of N. Flayderman & Co.

Glass wine goblet, 4.625 in. ht., featuring detailed etching of the British Fleet on the water, with floral motif below, accompanied by the text, "Capture of Gibralter [sic] / By the British Fleet 1704." Starburst design cut on underside of foot. 

The position of Gibraltar, which guards the entrance to the Mediterranean, has been fought over by France, Spain, and Britain for many years, with all powers claiming possession. On August 4, 1704, during the Spanish Succession, Gibraltar was captured from the Spanish by an Anglo-Dutch fleet under the command of Admiral George Rooke. Starting at dawn, approximately 15,000 cannon were fired from the fleet into the city, and under the leadership of the English majority, the invaders landed on the same morning, encountering little opposition from the Spanish. 

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Estimate: $300 - $500

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The Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter, May 9, 1771, with Election of Hancock, Sam Adams, et al. in Boston Massacre Aftermath

The Massachusetts Gazette and the Boston Weekly News-Letter. Boston, MA: R. Draper, May 9, 1771. No. 3526. 4pp, 9.75 x 15.5 in.

Contains an inside page report on the election of James Otis, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Thomas Cushing as representatives to meet with the British authorities over the protests in the aftermath of the Boston Massacre in 1770. Also includes a sale ad for enslaved person. According to the article, Otis (399 votes), Cushing (410), Adams (403), and Hancock (410) were elected at "a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants" of Boston. Continuing in part: "After the above Choice, the Hon. James Otis, Esq. was chosen Moderator of the Meeting, to transact the other Matters mentioned in the Notification." The ad for the enslaved person on page 3 reads, "TO BE SOLD for want of Imploy, A likely Healthy Negro Woman, that understands Cooking, and all other House-work, and can be well Recommended, Enquire of the Printer."

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Estimate: $700 - $1,000

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Continental Currency, Two Notes, 1775 and 1779

Lot of 3, including two notes, plus a modern newspaper clipping about Continental currency.

$2, Maryland issue of 7 December 1775, No.11967. Paper with mica embedded. Signed by Frederick Green and Thomas Gassaway. Verso with equivalent 2 and 2/3 dollars at top and 12 s Sterling at bottom. Center with arm holding shield and motto "Sub Clypeo" around. 

$4, Continental Currency, issue of 14 January 1779, No. 5308. First signature in red (faded) of Lodowick Sprogell, second in black ink of John Lawrence. Recto printed in red and black ink. Seal with boar charging into a spear. Motto "Aut mors aut vita decora" [either death or an honorable life]. Paper with blue fibers and mica flakes. Verso with mulberry leaf print.

Newspaper article relates the discovery of a $50 continental dollar in Maine. A Doctor in Illinois read the article and looked at a $50 dollar that he had, and it turned out to be the previous number (5357) to the find in Maine (5358).

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Colonial Bank of Canada $4 Note and International Bank of Portland $1 Notes

Lot of 2, including:

Colonial Bank of Canada four-dollar banknote, carrying serial number 671. May 4, 1859. Framed to 14.75 x 10.5 in.

Uncut sheet of four International Bank of Portland, Maine banknotes in denominations of one, two, and three dollars, uncirculated, n.d., ca 1859-1864. Framed to 10.75 x 15.25 in. 

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Estimate: $300 - $500

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Presley Neville, Revolutionary War Officer and Aide-de-Camp to Lafayette, 1802 ALS

Lot of 3. 

Neville, Presley (1755-1818). Revolutionary War Officer, aide-de-camp to Lafayette, captured at Siege of Charleston. ALS, "Presley Neville," 1p, approx. 8 x 9.5 in. "22d July 1802. Pittsburgh." Writing to Abraham Witmer, Neville discusses a land warrant received from Witmer for land that is not in his district of Allegheny County, and as such Neville has put the warrant "in the hands of the proper Surveyor (a Maj. James Carothers) with directions to have the Survey immediately executed & returned." According to the "Biographical Annals of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," Abraham Witmer (d.1818) was the originator, builder, and proprietor of the stone turn-pike bridge over the Conestoga River, east of Lancaster. The "Genealogical and Personal History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania" identifies James Carothers (1765-1818) as the son of a Revolutionary War officer who also served as the surveyor of Beaver County. At the time of this letter, Neville was living in Pittsburgh having established himself as a prominent citizen, businessman, surveyor, and land inspector.

Accompanied by two additional letters. The first, also written to Abraham Witmer, from Isaac A. Chapman, identified in the "History of the Counties of Lehigh and Carbon, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" as a surveyor and civil engineer originally hailing from Connecticut, "Wilkesbarre August 12 1809" regarding a land survey and other business matters. The second a 1768 letter to Philadelphia merchant David McMurtrie (1721-1782) from "David Mitchell" regarding payment for a chair.

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Napoleon Bonaparte Related Circular Plus, Property of N. Flayderman & Co.

Lot of 5 broadsides from 1798 until 1870 plus an 1808 circular, Speech of the Lords Commissioners to Both Houses of Parliament, addressing Napoleon's treaty with Russia. A small excerpt of the pamphlet reads, "we are commanded by His Majesty to inform you, that no sooner had the Result of the Negotiations at Tilsit confirmed the Influence and Controul [sic] of France over the Powers of the Continent, than His Majesty was apprized of the Intention of the Enemy to combine those Powers in one general Confederacy to be directed either to the entire Subjugation of this Kingdom, or to the improving upon His Majesty an insecure and ignominious Peace."  It goes on to explain that while peace negotiations with the Danish failed, but succeeded with the Portuguese.

Another Napoleon-related item is a 2 p. broadside in French with his final farewell to his "old guard" on April 20, 1814, 8 x 12 in.

Other items include:

Broadside, 16 x 21 in. With excerpts from an official statement of the French Provisional government in 1815, entirely in French

Broadside, in French, 17.5 x 22 in. With a message from the mayor of a French Community concerning tensions after the Franco-Prussian War the bottom dramatically reads  Vive L'Empereur! Vive la France! Vive La Liberte!

Broadside, in French, a 16 x 22 in. broadside from the Franco-Prussian War-era with listings describing the conditions of cities affected by the violence or still experiencing some peace. 

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War of 1812 Governor's Speech New Hampshire Broadside, 1816, Property of N. Flayderman & Co.

Governor's Speech. Printed broadside, 15 x 21 in., published in New Hampshire, 1816. 

Governor William Plumer makes a stirring appeal for the support of President Madison and the preservation of the Union during the War of 1812 as well as other pertinent issues such as equipping the militia, alterations in the charter of Dartmouth College, payment for state employees, and debt. A portion reads: unless we are cautious, frugal and vigilant, the same evils will arise in our own country and increase with time...it is the duty of a free and enlightened legislature [to restrain ourselves and overcome these obstacles].

 

 

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Folk Art Carved Wooden Tool Inscribed Remember Me, 1841, Property of N. Flayderman & Co.

11.5 in. long; 2 in. max. width. Engraved all over with flowers, geometric designs, some elements similar to "Pennsylvania Dutch" symbols. "Remember Me" on the long portion; "I.B." near the handle; "1" "8" "4" "1" on four sides of the base of the handle; "August" on the curved portion; end of handle with bone ring. Purpose of tool unclear, possibly paper folder, letter opener (this was the days of integral leaf address panes more than envelopes).

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Activity: 5 Bids
Estimate: $100 - $150

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Fall of the Alamo Reported in the Salem Gazette, April 1836

Salem Gazette. Salem, MA: Foote & Chisholm, April 15, 1836. Vol. I - New Series, Vol. XIV. No. 31. 4pp, 15.5 x 20.75 in. Newspaper containing front page headline that reads, "From Texas - The Fall of Bexar - The Garrison Put to Death," accompanied by a quarter column "first report" of the fall of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, to the Mexican Army and the massacre of all of its defenders, including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie. Highly displayable newspaper with a "first report" of the Battle of the Alamo, a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution that lasted from February 23-March 6, 1836.

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Early Pennsylvania Documents, Incl. Mining Interest and Reference to Enslaved People

Lot of 20, including 15 documents related to family and business matters of the prominent Dorsey family of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. Documents span 1804-1845 and primarily reference the family's business interests in Barree Forge as well as ownership of land and property. Notable in the archive is a property transfer dated February 13, 1817, from the "late firm of Elizabeth Dorsey & Son" at Barree Forge to the firm [Edward] Dorsey & Evans, 1p, 8.25 x 13 in., which includes "the time of servitude of two Negro Girls and one Negro Boy." Significantly, Pennsylvania had passed the Gradual Abolition Act in 1780 which freed enslaved African Americans in the state, but only after a lengthy period of indentured servitude. By some estimates there were less than 1,000 slaves remaining in Pennsylvania by 1810, meaning that the "servants" referenced in this document represent the less than 4% of the Black population in Pennsylvania that still existed as slaves/indentured servants.

According to the biographical statement accompanying the Dorsey Family Papers housed at the Winterthur Library, "the Dorsey family of merchants, land owners, and sugar refiners, inhabited various places throughout Harford County, Maryland, and eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, from the early 18th through the mid-nineteenth centuries." The branch of Dorseys represented in this collection descend from Greenbury Dorsey (1752-1807) who was born in Maryland and later operated as merchant in Philadelphia before working as ironmaster of Barree Forge in Huntingdon County. Edward B. Dorsey (1787-1841), son of Greenbury and Elizabeth Bartholomew Dorsey (1761-1833), played a prominent role in the family mining business, along with his brother-in-law Samuel Miles Green (1797-1878). Green, a lawyer by training, was born at his grandfather's ironworks and eventually abandoned the practice of law to enter the family business. He married Rachel Dorsey (1800-1863) and later became the manager of Barree Forge.

The documents in this collection are largely related to Edward B. Dorsey, his mother Elizabeth, and Green, and include, in part, the following: "List of property belonging to Edward Dorsey"; 1812-1814 ledger, 4pp, for Union Furnace, which was run under the business name of "Dorsey, Green, & Co."; multiple legal documents between Elizabeth Dorsey and Edward Dorsey concerning transfer of household and other property; an 1831 "Lists of Patents of Land lying in and about Barree Forge" signed by E. B. Dorsey; a 4pp document, 1843, "Judgements Against Green, Dorsey, and Higgins in Com[mon] Pleas of Huntingdon County"; and an 1849 "Statement of Accts and Judgements Dorsey & Green to Estimate a Compromise with Creditors [?]." Other documents reference Pennsylvania businessmen and citizens of note such as Thomas Cromwell, Jacob Guy, John Blanchard, William Chamberlin, Abel Blanchard, Francis Tyler, and Alexander Fullerton.

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Antebellum Pro-Slavery Volume, Historical Sketch of Slavery, From the Earliest Periods, 1858

COBB, Thomas R.R. (1823-1862). An Historical Sketch of Slavery from the Earliest Periods. Philadelphia and Savannah, GA: T. & J.W. Johnson & Co. and W. Thorne Williams, 1858. 

8vo (156 x 244 mm). Half-title. (Some staining throughout.) Original publisher's dark brown pebbled cloth with blind stamped rules, gilt spine titles, dark brown end papers (some dark staining to boards, cloth partially separated from boards especially to rear). 

FIRST EDITION of pro-slavery treatise by Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, a slave owner, lawyer, and politician who wrote extensively in defense of the abhorrent practice of slavery. His theory being that slavery was so pervasive throughout history that it must therefore be considered "natural." He also relied on arguments of economic necessity and pseudo-scientific "evidence" of white supremacy.

A zealous secessionist, he was a delegate to the Secession Convention and in 1861, he was commissioned as a colonel and organized Cobb's Legion. Despite heavy losses in the Maryland Campaign he was promoted to brigadier general in November 1862, though he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December before the promotion was confirmed. 

The execrable theory was impactful to a contemporaneous reader as a penned note on p. cclxxviii and recapitulated on a facing tipped in sheet reads, "Property in a slave is a usufruct, the use of his laborer service obedience &c &c. Property in a beast is perfect extending to its consumption and destruction, the use can abuse the qualities and the peace."  Howes C-513; Sabin 13861.

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12

Aunt Sally's Policy-Players' Dream Book and Wheel of Fortune and Other 19th Century Works

HENSON, Josiah (1789-1883); LOBB, John, ed. (1840-1921); STOWE, Harriet Beecher, foreword (1811-1896). "Uncle Tom's Story of His Life." An Autobiography of the Rev. Josiah Henson (Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom"). From 1789 to 1876. London: "Christian Age" Office, 1876. 

8vo (124 x 190 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait with Henson's facsimile signature, additional engraved portrait of Stowe, preliminary and end advertisements. (Possible lack of preliminary ads, pages begin with [iii], very light occasional spotting.) Rebound in grey boards, printed spine titles (discoloration to lower spine, slight separation of paper at spine caps). 

FIRST LOBB EDITION. 

[With]:

Aunt Sally's Policy-Players' Dream Book and Wheel of Fortune. New York: Wehman Bros, n.d. 

12mo (124 x 182 mm). Illustrated advertisements. (Evenly toned pages.) Original publisher's illustrated wrappers (some chipping and losses to front wrapper, else tight). 

Policy was a lottery game that flourished from its inception in Chicago in 1885, despite its illegality. The game was popular with the African American community where it was known as Policy, but it was played by other communities by different names, including "the numbers" by Italian-Americans and "bolita" by Cuban-Americans. Policy books such as this became very popular as a way of interpreting dreams to select the numbers to bet on. Aunt Sally's books were first published by Wehman Brothers in 1889, with facsimile editions printed later by various publishers. 

[With:]

[SERLE, Ambrose (1742-1812)]. The Religious Tract Society. The Happy Negro...To Which is Added, The Grateful Negro. London: W. Clowes, n.d. [ca 1825]. 

12mo (124 x 181 mm). Woodcut frontispiece and additional illustration. (Evenly toned pages.) Unbound.

An early printing of a tract perpetuating the myth of "happy slaves" content with their enslavement by "benevolent masters." 

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CDVs of African American Nannies with Babies from New Orleans, Plus, Lot of 3

African American hands hold a white baby, although the "holder" is out of the photo. With backmark of W.W. Washburn, New Orleans.

African American servant/nanny holds the white baby. With S. Anderson's New Orleans backmark.

Somewhat ambiguous - may be a postmortem. The person holding the baby may be white, the baby is possibly dead. With B. Moses' New Orleans backmark.

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Current Bid: $160
Required Bid: $170
Activity: 2 Bids
Estimate: $300 - $500

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CDV of John Brown's Cabin

CDV providing view of John Brown's Cabin credited to A.W. Barker: Ottawa, Kansas, 1871. Image shows four men standing before the structure, with extensive caption detailing its history on mount verso. 

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Current Bid: $130
Required Bid: $140
Activity: 4 Bids
Estimate: $200 - $400

15

George M. Curtis, Social Reformer and Editor of Harper's Weekly, Signed CDV by Gurney & Sons

CDV seated portrait of Harper's Weekly editor, George M. Curtis, sporting unruly sideburns and patterned pants. Credited on verso to Gurney & Son, New York, along with penciled identification. 

George William Curtis (1824-1892) was a progressive thinker, writer, and speaker inspired by the Transcendentalist Movement and spurred to action by the many civil rights issues prevalent in nineteenth-century American society and politics. As a young man, Curtis spent time living among fellow transcendentalist thinkers in the utopian community of Brook Farm, and among foreign people from a number of backgrounds during his travels across Europe, Egypt, and Syria. Having these disparate life experiences under his belt, Curtis returned to the United States, settling down in Staten Island and turning his attention to affecting the changes he hoped to see in his own community. Curtis not only produced written content for the Tribune, Putnam's Magazine, and Harper's Weekly, but he also wrote six popular books and performed gripping speeches as a founder of the Republican Party, most notably including his famous "Doctrine of Liberty" speech at Harvard University on behalf of President Lincoln. 

Curtis became the political editor of Harper's Weekly in 1863, and continued turning down offers to serve in political offices until 1871 when he was appointed to lead the first federal Civil Service Commission by Ulysses S. Grant. Thus upon his death in 1892, Curtis left a legacy of written works, powerful orations, and federal reforms all reflecting his strong views in favor of abolition, civil rights, women's suffrage, public education, and environmental conservation. 

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Signed CDV of African American Chaplain George W. LeVere, 20th US Colored Troops

Signed studio portrait of African American Chaplain George W. LeVere, 20th US Colored Troops. Signed on verso. With backmark of McPherson & Oliver, "No. 132 Canal Street, upstairs" (New Orleans).

Organized at Riker's Island in New York Harbor in February 1864, the 20th USCT was sent to the defenses of New Orleans in March. They went to Port Hudson and Pass Cavallo, TX before returning to New Orleans. They were mustered out in Nashville in October 1865.

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Activity: 1 Bids
Estimate: $500 - $700

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Civil War CDV of African American Soldiers Thomas Pennington and William L. Henderson, 20th USCT, "Barbers of the 20th"

Studio portrait of African American soldiers Thomas Pennington and William L. Henderson, 20th US Colored Troops. Backmark of Leeson's, Photographic Gallery, New Orleans. Corners rounded. The subjects are pencil identified on verso as "Barbers of the 20th." 

Organized at Riker's Island in New York Harbor in February 1864, the 20th USCT was sent to the defenses of New Orleans in March. They went to Port Hudson and Pass Cavallo, TX before returning to New Orleans. They were mustered out in Nashville in October 1865.

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Two Civil War-Era CDVs, Incl. "Young Africa" Signed by 1st Sergeant George Napier Perkins, 57th USCT

Lot of 2 CDVs, including carte reproducing "Black Conscription," a cartoon by John Tenniel (English, 1820-1914) originally published in Punch; or, The London Charivari on September 26, 1863. Targeted towards a Southern audience, the cartoon imagines farcical implications of black soldiers fighting in the Civil War, with text below reading, "When Black Meets Black Then Comes The 'End Of War' - And Slavery." 

Completed by a vignetted portrait of a young African American child, presumably an enslaved person, entitled, "Young Africa: Or, The Bone of Contention" published by Anthony in 1862. Signed "Geo. Perkins" beneath image by George Napier Perkins (1842-1914), a lawyer and editor of the Oklahoma Guide, the longest continuously published black weekly paper in the Oklahoma Territory. Perkins was born into slavery in Tennessee and served in the Union Army during the Civil War, attaining the rank of first sergeant with Co. C, 57th USCT. After the conflict, he attended law school and was admitted to the Arkansas bar, before dominating the Western political arena as a civil rights activist and publishing mogul. 

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Estimate: $250 - $350

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Henryk Winograd, 54 Color Regim. Storming Fort Wagner Sterling Silver Repousse Panel

Henryk Winograd (Polish/American 1917-2008). Sterling silver repousse panel. 54 Color. Regim. Storming Fort Wagner July 18 1863. Signed, copyrighted 1995, and marked "HW 925." 7 x 10.25 in. Approx. 39.96 oz. total wt.

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Estimate: $400 - $600

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Freedom Papers identified to Henry Bledford, 1864

Lot of 2, including a partially printed document, headed "Headquarters Military Commission," 1p, 7.5 x 5 in., Louisville, Kentucky. June 11, 1864. Freedom papers issued to a formerly enslaved individual identified as "Henry Bledford, age 39. . . Free born, in the State of Tenn[essee]." Certifies Bledford's freedom and grants him the ability to "pass North of the Ohio River into free territory." Signed and dated by Captain Henry S. Parrish, Co. A, 20th Kentucky Infantry, a member of a military commission "appointed by orders from Head-Quarters Western District of Kentucky to investigate the cases of Contraband and Captive Negroes coming to the city of Louisville."

Matted to 11 x 15 in. along with Contraband of War, a print showing Major General Benjamin Butler meeting with fugitives at Fort Monroe, Virginia in May of 1861. These men, identified as Frank Baker, James Townsend, and Sheppard Mallory, appealed to Butler for their freedom and were ultimately granted asylum.

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Estimate: $250 - $500

21

Texas Arrest Warrant for the Killer of a Freedman, 1873

Manuscript document, 1p with additional notations on verso, approx. 7.75 x 9.25 in., Hays County, Texas. September 24, 1873. Warrant authorizing the arrest of N.B. Rowley, who "did shoot and kill. . . William Hunter a Freedman." Inscriptions on verso indicate that Rowley was apprehended on October 9, 1873 and would stand trial before Judge B.F. Cody.

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Texas Murderers and Horse Thief, Pair of Arrest Warrants, 1875

Lot of 2 partially printed warrants for the arrest of individuals accused of theft of murder, including:

Partially printed DS, "E.J.L. Green" as Clerk of the District Court," 1p, approx. 7.75 x 7 in., Hays County, Texas. November 16, 1875. Authorizes the arrest of J.H. Rowley and Napoleon Rowley, for "Murder." Staining and burning to edges, with losses at upper and lower right corners.

Partially printed DS, "E.J.L. Green" as Clerk of the District Court," 1p, approx. 6.75 x 7 in., Hays County, Texas. August 17, 1875. Authorizes the arrest of Mitchel Melton, for "theft of a mare." Staining and burning to edges, with considerable loss (approx. 0.75-1.25 in.) at right margin.

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Photographs with African American Subject Matter, Incl. Photograph of Family by Barker and Jim Crow-Era Boudoir Card

Albumen image of African American family outside their home, approx. 3 x 4 in. on 4 x 5 in. mount with gilt edges. With arched top (possibly 1/2 of stereoview). Back of card identifies photographer as George Barker, Niagara Falls, NY, and has an extensive listing of the awards Mr. Barker had won up to that time, the latest dated 1889.

Boudoir card, approx. 5 x 8.5 in. Image of African American man driving an ox cart, implying he is on his way to vote. Printed in the lower right corner of the negative is "15th AMENDMENT." This photograph may have been created to visually convey the intent of the 15th Amendment, ratified on Feb. 3, 1870, which gave all men the Right to Vote. Manuscript label below: "Tallahassee Florida in 1896." Similar pencil label on verso. Imprint of O. Pierre Havens, Jacksonville, FL. Although dated 1896, the "Havens Artistic Studio" imprint suggests that this may have been made as early as the 1880s. Water stains on verso.

 

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CDV of Nathan T. Burrows Writing with His Feet, ca 1870s

CDV of sideshow performer Nathan T. Burrows, shown writing with his feet. Credited to O.F. Weaver, Chicago, IL. On verso: "Nathan T. Burrows / 26 years of age." Burrows has no arms, and is shown here writing with his feet with a pistol and pair of scissors to his right - presumably he demonstrated the use of both with his feet. Other items nearby, but difficult to see. Wearing what appears to be a zouave uniform from the war. Image very light.

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CDV of Conjoined Twins Chang & Eng Bunker with Sons, Posed with Their Children, ca Late 1860s

Unmarked CDV group portrait of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker (1811-1974), posed between their two sons Patrick Henry Bunker (1850-1938, far left, next to his father Eng) and Albert Lemuel Bunker (1857-1944, far right, son of Chang). Although this CDV is uncredited, a copy at the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is credited to Washington Lafayette (W.L.) Germon of Philadelphia at his 914 Arch Street address, which he operated from 1865 to 1872. A ca 1865 date for the image seems likely given the apparent ages of Patrick (about 15) and Albert (about 8).  

The conjoined twins Chang and Eng were born in Siam, now Thailand in 1811. From their fame gained from extensive touring, they became the source of the term "Siamese twins," an now-outdated synonym for conjoined twins used by generations of westerners. The twins were "discovered" in 1829 by British merchant Robert Hunter, who paid their family to exhibit them on a world tour. Later, Chang and Eng went into business for themselves and after achieving great financial success, in 1839, they purchased a farm in Surry County, North Carolina as well as enslaved people to work the plantation. The same year they became naturalized Americans and took the surname "Bunker." In 1843, the twins married sisters, Chang to Adelaide Yates, and Eng to Sarah Anne "Sallie" Yates with whom they would each have many children, Chang siring 10, and Eng 11. 

During the Civil War, the brothers supported the Confederacy with two of their sons, Christopher Wren (Chang's son) and Steven (Eng's son) reportedly volunteering for service with the CSA. At the war's conclusion, the Bunkers lost portions of their land after the war and the people they enslaved were emancipated. Facing financial hardship, they returned to public exhibitions, though with markedly less success than before.

Chang died rather suddenly in January 1874 of pneumonia. Although doctors were called to perform an emergency separation, Eng refused and died later the same day.

Patrick Henry often managed the plantation when his father and uncle were touring, and later moved west with his brother James Monroe, settling in Summer County and later Medicine Lodge, Kansas. 

Albert Lemuel lived his whole life in the home of his birth in North Carolina. Notably, he attended the University of North Carolina from 1878-1880 and is recognized as one of the earliest Asian American students at the institution, possibly the first. 

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Required Bid: $225
Estimate: $300 - $400

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Circus and Sideshow Performers, CDVs of "The Albino," Helen Ann Windman Walker, and "Illavaro the Egyptian"

Lot of 3. Includes one unmarked ca 1870s CDV portrait of Helen Ann Windman Walker and two ca 1882 CDV portraits of "Illavaro the Egyptian" (one full standing, one bust-length) credited on verso to Charles Eisenmann, New York.  

"Illavaro the Egyptian" was one of P.T. Barnum's exhibited Circassian beauties. He billed these young women as purist examples of the Caucasian race, brought to American from Circassia, though in reality, some, like "Illavaro," were African American women made up to look exotic by teasing their hair and taking other measures.

Helen Ann Windman Walker was an albino, born to African American parents, and with an African American twin brother, Henry Sedam Walker (with whom she is commonly pictured). She was exhibited as "The Albino" or "White Negro Girl."

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3 D, 15 h, 14 m, 3 s
Current Bid: $60
Required Bid: $70
Activity: 2 Bids
Estimate: $100 - $150

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CDVs of Circus and Sideshow Performers, Incl. Eli Bowen and Tom Thumb, Plus Sells Brothers Route Book

Lot of 7, including 6 CDVs and route book. 

CDV of "Mr. & Mrs. General Tom Thumb in their wedding costumes." On verso, in ink: "Compliments of Charles Stratton" and "Compliments of Lavinia Warren Stratton." Backmark of Anthony-Brady. Corners rounded.

CDV with printed backmark: "Master Eli Bowen, now on Exhibition with Norman's Museum Attached to Thayer & Noyes' Great Circus, 1867." Charles W. Atkinson, Photographer, Pittsburgh, PA. Corners rounded.

CDV with printed "General Tom Thumb and Wife, Commodore Nutt and Miss Minnie Warren, in the identical costumes worn before Emperor Louis Napoleon and the Empress Eugenie, at the Palace of the Tuilleries, Nov. 29, 1864." On verso in ink: "Compliments of Charles Stratton, Lavinia Warren Stratton, G.W. McNutt, Minnie Warren." With backmark of E & H.T. Anthony, New York.

CDV of albino twins, with backmark of C.D. Fredericks, NewYork.

CDV of a dwarf, in tuxedo and top hat. Photographer's Id of Pentz, York, PA front and back.

CDV of two dwarves, possibly a young Commodore Nutt and General Tom Thumb. With backmark of Marken's Gallery, Frederick, MD.

Booklet, 4 x 5.5 in. Printed wraps, front has been stapled to booklet. "Route Book / Sells Brothers / Enormous / United Shows, / Three-Ring Ciricus, Real Roman Hippodrome, Elevated Stage and Fixed Continent Menagerie, in mighty union with / S.H. Barrett's / Monster / Consolidated Shows / Aquarium, Menagerie, Two-Ring Circus Racing Carnival and Great World's Fair." Season of 1889. 32pp. A bit fragile.

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3 D, 15 h, 15 m, 3 s
Current Bid: $120
Required Bid: $130
Activity: 6 Bids
Estimate: $150 - $300

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Assorted Photographs of African American Subjects, Including Brothers in Mourning, ca 1890s

Lot of 6 photographs with African American subject matter. Includes: 

Cabinet card of two men holding vases of flowers. M. Goulart: New Bedford, Connecticut, 1898. They wear dark suits and stand on either side of a wicker chair with a hat resting on the seat. "Mourning Brothers / Clyde & Jonathan Bern / July 1898 / New Bedford, Conn." inscribed on verso. Heavy spotting to mount verso.

Card-mounted photograph, 5 x 7 in., of African American sharecroppers with white landowner, n.d., ca 1890s. Several children are visible, both in the first row behind the landowner and in the background, seated on top of a wooden wagon. Spotting throughout photograph, with areas of staining and damage/loss at lower left corner. Mount with heavy stains and tears, including loss to entirety of lower left corner.

Cabinet card of two children enacting a scene from Uncle Tom's Cabin. Frank Wendt: Boonton, New Jersey, n.d., ca 1900s. "Topsy + Eva From Show" inscribed on image, with stamp on mount recto reading, "Alice Sargent & Jessie Damon." Wendt's "Ivory Process" imprint appears below. Overall toning with some staining and unevenness to mount edges.

Celluloid photograph of a mailman mounted on a tin oval, 5.75 x 8 in., edged in a floral motif. The man stands at center holding various letters and parcels, with a mailbag slung over his shoulder.

Celluloid photographic stick pin, approx. 2.75 in., showing a woman wearing a hat. Housed in a hinged brown case with velvet lining.

Celluloid photographic brooch, approx. 1.5 in. diameter, showing a mustachioed gentleman wearing a dark suit.

 

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3 D, 15 h, 16 m, 3 s
Current Bid: $150
Required Bid: $160
Activity: 1 Bids
Estimate: $300 - $500

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Strohmeyer & Wyman Stereoview, Troop A, 9th U.S. Cavalry, 1898

Stereoview of Troop A, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Strohmeyer & Wyman: New York City: New York, 1898. Photograph shows a large group of African American soldiers assembled on horseback, likely in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Imprinted caption at lower right reading, "Troop A, Ninth U.S. Cavalry - Famous Indian Fighters" with copyright line below.

The 9th U.S. Cavalry was one of the original six regiments of the regular U.S. Army set aside for black enlisted men, established in accordance with a Congressional act of 1866. The regiment participated in many frontier engagements during the 1870s and 1880s, including those against the Comanche, the Ute, and the Apache. Its members also patrolled during the Ghost Dance War with the Sioux and were among the last to leave the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1891. 

 

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3 D, 15 h, 17 m, 3 s
Current Bid: $50
Required Bid: $60
Activity: 1 Bids
Estimate: $100 - $200

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African American Military Photograph, Plus

Grouping of African Americana-related photographs and print, including military panoramic photograph.

The lot includes: (1) Original WWII Long Panoramic Photograph from the Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Illinois. Photo of an all African American Company. Caption, written in the negative, reads: "CO. 1842 K-Hensley - C. SP. CO. COMDR - January 13, 1944 - U.S. NAVAL TRAINING STATION - GREAT LAKES, ILL." Photo measures 8 x 21.5 in. ; (2) 8 x 10 in. Photo of a Minstrel Show, 1946, w/ accompanying letter from the President of a Law Book Co., thanking the recipient for participating in the show; (3) 5" x 13" photo (circa 1920) of a group of men on stage, in tuxedo; (4) Circa 1940s radio advertising fan (7 x 9 in. plus handle) for "Jamup and Honey, Stars of WSM Grand ole Opry" picturing Jamup and Honey (who was "Honey Wilds" a country music star); (4) Performance brochure, put out by High Point, N.C. Chamber of Commerce for the "Jaycee Jollies of 1952" which was performed from Marcy 19-22, 1952. Pictures performer on the cover, worn but complete; and (5) colored print of "Little Black Sambo," circa 1940s, with plot summary of the book below title.

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3 D, 15 h, 18 m, 3 s
Current Bid: $50
Required Bid: $60
Activity: 1 Bids
Estimate: $100 - $200
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