Despite years of reports to the contrary, the paper collectible market proved itself to be alive and well in Cowan’s Eric C. Caren – How History Unfolds on Paper Auction. The September 8, 2017 sale featured some exceptional pieces of American History from the Eric C. Caren Archive, the single-most significant private collection of historic documents in the United States.
“Collections that thoroughly cover an entire era of American History are a rarity in this business, but the list of collections that span colonial times through the modern day has just one name on it: Eric Caren,” said Katie Horstman, Cowan’s director of American History. “This collection is the envy of every collector in the market and the results today bare that out.”
The top lot of the day was a powder horn depicting the end of the Siege of Boston in March 1776, which sold for $15,600 (including a 20% buyer’s premium). Having arguably the earliest known representation of the stars and stripes together on an American flag, the powder horn also has the patriotic slogan, “Leet All Our Hearts United Bee in the Defence of Liberty,” inscribed on it along with the dates of the Siege of Boston and the name of the carver, Barnabas Webb, a private in the Continental Army.
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