Treasures of the Civil War

Treasures of the Civil War

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Cowan's is honored to present the Magnificent Sword Collection of William Koch in its two-day firearms, militaria, and American history auction, with a focus on the Civil War.

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US Model 1817 Rifle by Johnson

Lot # 501 (Sale Order: 1 of 335)      

US Model 1817 Rifle by Johnson

.54 caliber, 36" barrel with three barrel bands, no S/N. Browned and color casehardened finish, smooth walnut stock, iron furniture and patchbox. Flint lock marked R JOHNSON in downward arc over a spread-winged eagle flanked by the letters US , over MIDDN CONN in an upward arc and dated 1824 at the tail. Matching 1824 date on breech plug tang, breech marked with US over depressed-P proof over JN inspection. Counterpane with script JN cartouche and block JN at tail. Old brass collection tag with the number "6" is attached to the counterpane as well. Lock in original flint configuration with matching mating mark "x" on all internal parts and hammer neck. Pan fit is perfect, touchhole is unmolested, well centered in the pan and correctly tapered and angled. Retains both sling swivels and original, correct pattern ramrod. Patchbox is void of tools. Robert Johnson received a contract for 5,000 US M1817 Rifles in March of 1819 and delivered 5,002 between 1819 and 1823. Subsequently the firm R & JD Johnson received a contract for 3,000 additional M1817 Rifles in December of 1823, delivering a total of 3,060 between 1824 and 1828. Only 220 were delivered in 1824, the year this gun was produced. The fact that the rifle retains the earlier " R JOHNSON " marking, rather than the more common " R & JD JOHNSON " marking suggests they were using up left over parts on hand for the new contract, a practice well documented on the Deringer deliveries of M1817 rifles. Although Moller notes that only 1,780 of the 3,060 rifles under this contract were browned, based upon extra payments for this finish, and suggests that none of the 1824 deliveries were so finished, it appears that this gun retains much of its original brown finish, and is not in anyway refinished. As no extra payments for browning were included in the Deringer contract, but those arms were browned, the contract price obviously included that finish. No extra payments are noted for R Johnson contract rifles, but surviving examples indicate they were likely browned as well, with the price again included in the contract. This very early R&JD Johnson contract gun, assembled from parts remaining from the first contract, was likely delivered browned as that was the process then in use at the factory at that time. As the contract progressed, bright guns were delivered under the contract terms until it was decided by the Ordnance Department to return to the brown finish. A lovely example of a scarce original flint M1817 rifle with some nice period brown finish on it.



Condition: Very good. Retains some original lacquer browned finish, with flaking, wear and loss, the balance of the barrel and furniture with an untouched, thickly oxidized brown patina. Lock and hammer similarly oxidized with hints of case colored mottling. All markings remain legible, mechanically functional, very good bore is mostly bright with some scattered pitting and old grease. Stock shows wear and use with numerous bumps, dings, mars and a small chip missing on the reverse at the trigger pin. Stock retains good edges and some feathery texture to the grain.

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Pattern 1818 Starr Contract Sword

Lot # 502 (Sale Order: 2 of 335)      

Pattern 1818 Starr Contract Sword

32" curved, single-edged clip point blade with a single 25.5" fuller. 5" bird's head pommel with reverse-P iron knuckle bow and flat iron quillon terminating in a flat disc finial. Leather covered grooved wood grip. Obverse ricasso marked US / P / JN / N. STARR . Partial leather throat washer, spanner nut pommel cap. Includes blackened metal scabbard with two suspension rings.

Condition: Good. Blade lightly cleaned, with a mostly pewter gray patina and scattered surface oxidation and some age discoloration. Blade with a few minor nicks in the edge. Markings clear. Hilt with an untouched brown patina, grip with wear and significant leather loss. Scabbard good solid with both rings, scattered surface oxidation and some lightly scattered dents.

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Cased Presentation Sword to Surgeon Elisha K. Kane, USN - Mexican War Hero & Famous Arctic Explorer

Lot # 503 (Sale Order: 3 of 335)      

28.25" spear-point, double-edged blade with prominent median ridge. 5.75" cast gilt brass hilt with 5" cross guard cast with martial themes on the obverse and left plain on the reverse. Engraved grip further decorated with a highly detailed serpent with emerald eyes encircling the entire grip with the open mouth serving as the finial of the pommel cap. Blade with frosted etching showing flowing foliate scrolls, martial themes and panoplies of arms. Reverse with an American Eagle with a ribbon that reads E Pluribus Unum in its mouth as the central theme. Gilt brass scabbard with highly detailed mounts and decorations, including delicate beading, floral themes and classical imagery on the drag. The obverse of the scabbard throat is engraved with the following presentation: Presented to / Surgeon Elisha K. Kane, U.S. Navy / by his Friends and Fellow Citizens of / the City of Philadelphia / in honor of his gallantry / when bearer of dispatches / to the Commander in Chief. The reverse of the throat is engraved On assuming the command of his casual / escort at Napaluca Mexico of his skill and / intrepidity on leading it to a charge on a / body of Mexican Lancers which resulted in / the capture of two Generals, other officers and / men - and of his noble humanity on inter- / posing his own person in the heat of battle / to save the lives of his wounded prisoners / form an infuriated soldiery. Sword is continued in a highly figured oval wood case that may be circassian walnut with a red velvet lining and blue satin- covered padding.

Elisha Kent Kane (1820-1857) overcame rheumatic fever as a child and emblazoned his short life as an adventurous naval surgeon who survived the Mexican War and Arctic explorer before dying at just 36. Scion of a socially prominent Philadelphia family, Elisha Kane entered the University of Virginia in 1837 intent upon a career in civil engineering. The following year Kane was stricken by a severe attack of rheumatic fever that caused him to withdraw from school and return home to Philadelphia with a permanently damaged heart. Having sufficiently recovered by the fall of 1839, he began the study of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and after a period of residency at the Blockley Almshouse hospital graduated in March 1842. Ironically, his father John Kintzing Kane, an influential Jacksonian politician and distinguished jurist, sought for his son an appointment as a naval surgeon believing that the young man did not have the stamina to endure the rigors of "a normal medical career." While awaiting word of the commission in May 1843, Kane peremptorily joined the diplomatic mission headed by the newly appointed Ambassador to China, Massachusetts statesman Caleb Cushing, as the expedition's physician. The lengthy sea voyage took Kane to Madeira, Rio de Janeiro, Bombay, Ceylon, Macao and Manila. In the Spanish Philippines Kane explored the recently active volcano of Taal where he was nearly overcome by noxious fumes, and barely escaped. While in the distant Orient Kane witnessed protracted negotiations that culminated in the Treaty of Wanghia (July 3, 1844), the first between the United States and Imperial China then seething in upheaval over concessions forced by the recent Opium War with Great Britain. Kane had taken leave of the legation in June 1844 and oblivious to the dangers traveled extensively while "conducting a hospital boat at Whampoa" for six months. Kane then made his way back home taking a rather circuitous route by way of India, Egypt, Athens and Paris followed by a transatlantic voyage that landed back in Philadelphia in September 1845, literally two years away traveling around the world.

The best remembered part of Kane's short life commenced in 1849 when he petitioned the Secretary of the Navy to accompany a proposed expedition to the Arctic to search for the missing British explorer, Sir John Franklin, presumed lost in the Canadian Arctic since 1845. In May 1850 he received welcome orders to proceed to New York Harbor to join the First Grinnell Expedition as ship's surgeon. For more on his life and history please go to cowans.com.

Provenance: From the Sword Collection of William Koch

Condition: Very fine. Blade retains most of the frosty etching and original polish with some minor loss, scattered dulling and a few speckles of minor surface oxidation. Hilt and scabbard fine with some light handling marks. Case fine with some light handing marks.

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US Model 1840 Medical Officer's Sword

Lot # 504 (Sale Order: 4 of 335)      

US Model 1840 Medical Officer's Sword

30" double-edged spear point blade with narrow median fuller. 5.75" gilt brass hilt with flowing 4.5" foliate pattern guard. Hilt cast with an American Eagle on the obverse, a blank oval inspection panel on the reverse and with an acorn finial. Obverse langet cast with MS surmounting 13 stars within an laurel wreath, reverse langet plain, as if leaving place for an inscription. obverse of blade etched with foliate themes and United States Medical Staff . Reverse etched with foliate themes, a patriotic panoply of arms and with the motto of the United States within a ribbon. Reverse ricasso marked Clauberg / Solingen in an overall around a standing knight. Browned steel scabbard with gilt brass mounts decorated with foliate themes, upper mount with two suspension rings, middle mount with one.



Condition: Very good. Blade with a dull pewter color, but with etching mostly visible. Hilt with traces of gilt and a nice, uncleaned patina. Scabbard with no finish, moderate surface oxidation and nicely tarnished mounts.

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Springfield Model 1847 Cavalry Musketoon

Lot # 505 (Sale Order: 5 of 335)      

Springfield Model 1847 Cavalry Musketoon

.69 caliber, 26" barrel secured by to brass barrel bands, no S/N. Bright finish, brass furniture, walnut stock. Lock marked with Spread-Winged Eagle over US forward of the hammer and in three vertical lines behind the lock: SPRING/FIELD/1848 . Breech tang dated 1849, with small V/P/[eagle head] proofs at breech. A script JS cartouche is visible on the counterpane, as is a block W.C.K . inspection with a matching W.C.K . on the barrel flat forward of the bolster. Lock with two-click tumbler, not modified ca 1851-1852. Original configuration captive ramrod with swivel arms in place, as is long sling bar and ring on reverse of stock. Many of the M1847 Cavalry musketoons were either upgraded or modified as the ramrods were found to be troublesome and many locks had a third safety notch added to the tumbler to retain the percussion caps. Many were later altered to "Artillery" (Cadet) configuration and some were even rifled and sighted. This example has escaped all of those later modifications. The presence of the W.C.K. inspection presents a conundrum, as William C. Kirby appears to have worked at Harpers Ferry exclusively. Kirby's mark on barrels is most associated with M1841 reinspected rifle barrels and M1855 rifle musket barrels made at Harpers Ferry. While Moller notes that some US M1842 barrels that had flaws were shortened and used in M1847 musketoons, and that these barrels came from both Springfield and Harpers Ferry, this would only explain the Kirby re-inspection on the barrel and not its presence on the stock. At least one theory suggests that Kirby inspected arms in or for the Benicia Arsenal in California, so this gun may be that missing link that proves that theory as the presence of his marks on an otherwise correctly marked and inspected Springfield arm is truly confusing.



Condition: Good to very good. Metal lightly cleaned with a dull gray patina showing scattered oxidized age discoloration and scattered light pitting. Marks in metal remain clear, weaker in wood. Mechanically functional, good bore with even light pitting. Stock with wear and use and numerous bumps and dings, possibly lightly sanded at one point in time.

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Ninth Plate Ambrotype of Abolitionist John Brown

Lot # 506 (Sale Order: 6 of 335)      

Ninth Plate Ambrotype of Abolitionist John Brown

Period copy of the famous 1857 half plate daguerreotype taken by Whipple and Black in Boston and curated at the Boston Athenaeum. Housed in full pressed paper case.



Condition: Image has some tarnish and discoloration present around edge where mat meets image, along with some spotting to upper portion of image. Case with heavy wear to spine and moderate wear to edges.

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Rare CDV of John Brown's Carbine

Lot # 507 (Sale Order: 7 of 335)      

Rare CDV of John Brown's Carbine

Period photograph featuring John Brown's M-1853 Sharps carbine held by a young boy with a letter and envelope at his feet; credited on verso to R. A. Lewis, New York. Ink inscription on verso reads, " The gun taken from the hands of John Brown, at Harper's Ferry, now in possession of H. T. Drowne, New York. The lad holding it, is Drowne's son. / Presented to me by Mr. Drowne, Oct 4, 1870. "

The carbine shown in the photograph was put on display at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park after it was discovered in a family estate in Cooperstown, NY in 1998. With the firearm was a letter written in 1870, that happens to be the very one featured in this CDV. The letter outlines the carbine's history of ownership after John Brown, beginning with General George W. Randolph, who apparently retrieved it from John Brown himself (a fact the letter states can be corroborated by Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise). Written on behalf of General Randolph's widow by Confederate Major Thomas G. Peyton, the letter was intended for a J. Lyttleton Adams. It is believed that Adams could have been an associate of the firearm's subsequent owner, New York's Henry Thayer Drowne, a noted collector of historical artifacts and the man referenced in the inscription on this CDV.



Condition: CDV in good condition, with minor imperfections including light spots of soil on surface.

EST $ 1000 - 1500...more

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Lincoln & Hamlin 1860 Campaign Ferrotype

Lot # 508 (Sale Order: 8 of 335)      

Lincoln & Hamlin 1860 Campaign Ferrotype

Brass pendant, 1.125 in. diameter, with " Abraham Lincoln Free Soil & Free Men" surrounding ferrotype portrait of a beardless Lincoln, .75 in. diameter; reverse with " Hannibal Hamlin Free Speech" surrounding ferrotype portrait of Hamlin, .75 in. diameter.



Provenance: From the Rafalski Collection of Lincolniana

Condition: Few very small nicks/scratches on Lincoln ferrotype; heavier abrasions on Hamlin ferrotype.

EST $ 800 - 1000...more

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Abraham Lincoln Kalamazoo Wide Awakes 1860 Campaign Ribbon

Lot # 509 (Sale Order: 9 of 335)      

Abraham Lincoln Kalamazoo Wide Awakes 1860 Campaign Ribbon

Silk ribbon, approx. 2.25 x 6.25 in., featuring a beardless portrait of Abraham Lincoln at center, with black printed text " Kalamazoo / Wide Awakes " above, and " For President, / Abraham Lincoln / Of Illinois " below. Portrait with indecipherable credit at lower right.



Provenance: From the Rafalski Collection of Lincolniana

Condition: Ribbon frayed at both top and bottom edges, with one noticeable separation near top. Print and portrait rather faded through middle section, rendering "Of Illinois" difficult to discern. Ribbon also has soiling/discoloration throughout.

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Group of Lincoln Cabinet Clipped Signatures

Lot # 510 (Sale Order: 10 of 335)      

Group of Lincoln Cabinet Clipped Signatures

Collection of 10 clipped signatures from members of Abraham Lincoln's cabinet, ca 1864. Mounted with printed photographs after original negatives taken by Mathew Brady, 1861-1865 and framed to approx. 15 x 12 in. each. Signatures include Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, Secretary of State William Seward, Secretary of Treasury William P. Fessenden, Secretary of Navy Gideon Welles, Secretaries of War Simon Cameron and Edwin M. Stanton, Attorneys General Edward Bates and James Speed, Postmaster General William Dennison Jr., and Secretary of the Interior John P. Usher.

Accompanied by several modern reproduction photographs for display purposes.



Provenance: From the Rafalski Collection of Lincolniana

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The Last Photograph of Abraham Lincoln, Large Format Albumen Photograph by Warren, in Rare Largest S

Lot # 511 (Sale Order: 11 of 335)      

The Last Photograph of Abraham Lincoln, Large Format Albumen Photograph by Warren, in Rare Largest Size

Albumen vignette portrait published by Henry F. Warren of Waltham, MA, with recto imprint: "The Latest Photograph of President Lincoln / Taken on the Balcony at the White House, March 6, 1865 ." Waltham made three negatives that day, one of which was lost, and they are believed to be the only photographs of Lincoln taken between his second inaugural and death. This pose is cataloged by Ostendorf as O-112. Albumen print measures 10 x 13 in., on 10.5 x 15.25 in. mount. Penciled in the extreme lower right margin, " Original print (not from a copy negative) ." Warren sold this photograph in several sizes. All are rare, but this version is the largest and rarest.



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Directive From General Grant Following Lincoln's Assassination, 1865

Lot # 512 (Sale Order: 12 of 335)      

Directive From General Grant Following Lincoln's Assassination, 1865

Goodrich, W.L. Captain and A.A. General to Major General E.O.C. Ord. DS signed on Ord's behalf, 1p, 7.625 x 10 in., " By Telegraph from Richmond, Va." April 16, 1865. Addressed to " Captain L.L. Langdon, 1st Artillery USA 25th Army Corps Chief of Artillery. "

Dispatch of an order from General Ulysses S. Grant sent directly to Langdon regarding " depredations " committed by enlisted men, " both Black & White Cavalry," following the death of President Lincoln. Some troops exercised their anger over the assassination by terrorizing the civilian population of Petersburg, VA, and Grant's orders outline specific consequences for their actions: " . . . any persons found outraging private houses or plundering persons [shall be] summarily Shot. " Langdon must also " make [his] men rebuild fences destroyed. . . return horses, mules, etc ."



Condition: Creasing as expected, with some foxing and minor loss at bottom third of document, inconsequential to legibility.

EST $ 600 - 900...more

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Rare Pair of Period Copy CDVs Featuring Lincoln's Funeral Procession in Monument Square Pavilion, Cl

Lot # 513 (Sale Order: 13 of 335)      

Rare Pair of Period Copy CDVs Featuring Lincoln's Funeral Procession in Monument Square Pavilion, Cleveland, OH

Lot of 2 albumen prints of mounted photographs featuring the Lincoln funeral procession in Cleveland by Sweeny, Cleveland, OH. One captioned " Monument Square and Pavillion [sic] / Cleveland, O. / Remains of President Lincoln Lying in State ," with pencil inscription " Gilbert Bros / Akron " on verso; the other captioned " Catafalque / Remains of President Lincoln Lying in State, Cleveland, O. " Images feature two different views of Monument Square Pavilion, with the funeral procession and mourners standing by to pay their respects to the deceased president.



Provenance: From the Rafalski Collection of Lincolniana

Condition: Both with some soiling and wear to edges of images and mounts. Both with adhesive residue on verso.

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Lincoln Mourning Ferrotype

Lot # 514 (Sale Order: 14 of 335)      

Lincoln Mourning Ferrotype

Ferrotype, approx. 0.5 in., mounted on black badge with stickpin backing. Portrait bust of Abraham Lincoln, with " LINCOLN " printed above. Possibly a campaign badge from 1864 converted for memorial use.



Provenance: From the Rafalski Collection of Lincolniana

Condition: Loss to black fabric at top left and lower center edge of badge.

EST $ 400 - 600...more

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Full Plate, Framed Ambrotype of an Armed Militia Officer

Lot # 515 (Sale Order: 15 of 335)      

Full Plate, Framed Ambrotype of an Armed Militia Officer

Full plate ambrotype housed in gilt wooden frame, 7.5 x 8.75 in. A full-length view of a uniformed soldier sporting a mustache and goatee, standing in a simple studio setting sparsely decorated with a small table and what appears to be a coat rack at left. The officer is shown in a double-breasted frock coat typically worn by militia officers prior to the Civil War, complete with epaulettes and what appears to be a US Pattern 1851 sword belt plate. He poses with his sword in hand, and his dress shako with infantry hunting horn insignia and " D " rests on the table beside him. The subject's cheeks and floral table cloth are lightly tinted pink and red. Ca 1850s.



Condition: Few minor areas of loss to emulsion. Contrast very good. Few scratches on plate. Some wear to frame. Not examined outside of frame.

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Officers of the 38th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Spectacular Half Plate Outdoor Tintype

Lot # 516 (Sale Order: 16 of 335)      

Officers of the 38th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Spectacular Half Plate Outdoor Tintype

Anonymous, half plate tintype featuring officers and enlisted men of the 38th Indiana Infantry, taken around Murfreesboro, TN in April of 1863, while the 38th was encamped there following the Battle of Stones River. This spectacular outdoor image shows the men gathered around an open tent, with a captain's desk figuring prominently in the scene. Image housed in a full pressed paper case, fully separated at spine.

Accompanying period label with embossed maker's mark identifies all of the subjects, including Captain George Windell of Co. K, Captain William Leneau of Co. B, and Lieutenant James Low of Co. D. At the time this image was made, it is likely that Low had recently returned to the regiment after recovering from a serious head would received at Stones River. Low eventually took command of the 38th, but was killed at the Battle of Bentonville, NC, before the official commission and subsequent promotion was received. Additional paperwork included with lot provides more detailed biographical information of each subject, referencing official reports, company histories, and post-war memoirs.

The 38th Indiana saw extensive service in the western theater of the war, participating in over a dozen battles including Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Sherman's march, and Bentonville. The regiment suffered heavy casualties during the conflict, losing over 400 men to combat and disease before mustering out of service in July of 1865.

This photograph was published in Shadows of the Storm: Volume One of The Image of War 1861-1865 , edited by William C. Davis and published by Doubleday & Company Inc., Garden City, NY, 1981 (p. 340). A fine image.



Condition: Image in excellent condition, with great contrast and clarity, and no imperfections in the plate, with the exception of a very minor outline of the brass mat.

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Quarter Plate Ruby Ambrotype of an Armed Union Soldier and Father

Lot # 517 (Sale Order: 17 of 335)      

Quarter Plate Ruby Ambrotype of an Armed Union Soldier and Father

Quarter plate ruby ambrotype featuring an armed Union cavalryman wearing a mounted services jacket complete with shoulder scales, standing next to an older man, possibly his father. Jacket trim and shoulder scales highlighted in gold. Housed in rare full Union case, Scroll Design with Patterned Center and Stars (see Krainik-42).



Condition: Image with light wipe marks and a few abrasions following a diagonal line near center; mat with some spots of discoloration.

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Civil War Daguerreotype and Tintype of an Officer of the 7th New York Infantry Regiment

Lot # 518 (Sale Order: 18 of 335)      

Civil War Daguerreotype and Tintype of an Officer of the 7th New York Infantry Regiment

Lot of 2, including a very rare sixth plate daguerreotype of a Union officer holding a sword. He wears light blue trousers and a standard officer's frock coat, as well as a cap with branch insignia. Of particular note is his sash, worn high across the chest, designating him as Officer of the Day. Image features red tinting on sash and is housed in a half pressed paper case; accompanied by a later sixth plate tintype of the same man, seated with a cavalry saber and full beard. He wears a forage cap, overcoat, and unusual pocket watch fob. Consignor-assigned accompanying label reads "Civil War 7th NY Infantry." Image features gold highlights and is housed in a half pressed paper case.



Condition: Daguerreotype with tarnish around edge. Tintype with a slight crazing effect when viewed from a low angle.

EST $ 600 - 800...more

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Sixth Plate Tintype of a Young Union Soldier

Lot # 519 (Sale Order: 19 of 335)      

Sixth Plate Tintype of a Young Union Soldier

Sixth plate tintype portrait of a young Union infantryman, seated with arms folded, wearing a frock coat and what appears to be a private purchase forage cap complete with regimental, company, and branch insignia, the latter of which seems to be of the false embroidered variety, and what appears to be a bucktail. Soldier's cheeks are lightly tinted pink. Housed in full Union case, of the scarce Farmer's Dream design (See Krainik-138).



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Cased Images of Identified Ohio Soldiers

Lot # 520 (Sale Order: 20 of 335)      

Cased Images of Identified Ohio Soldiers<br><br><p>Lot of 4, including: Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of S.P. Kezertis, showing him in civilian dress, with what appears to be a pocket watch chain. Marked in pencil inside case " <i>S.P. Kezertis Soldier/Civil War 1861. </i>" A search of the United States National Park Service Soldiers and Sailors Database does not return any results for "Kezertis," or for several alternate spellings of his name. <br><b>Ninth plate tintype of George Mowery, wearing a kepi and what appears to be a state jacket, but Ohio state jackets usually had epaulets. Mowery served with the 168th Regiment, Ohio National Guard, a 100 day unit from May to September 1864, which was organized at Camp Dennision, near Cincinnati and guarded railroads and bridges in Kentucky, mustering out in Cincinnati. It participated in maneuvers against Morgan’s Raid as well as skirmishes around Cynthiana, Kentucky.<br><br>Ninth plate tintype of George M. Parrett, who wears a standard issue sack coat and infantry accoutrements, though his cartridge box sling is missing, with the box attached to the belt. He appears armed with a musket and a revolver, which is probably a photographer’s prop.<br><br>Sixth plate tintype and ribbon of Henry Hole, 51st OVI, presumably shown with his wife, wearing a state-style jacket without epaulets. Hole first served in the 40th OVI until 1864, when he transferred to the 51st. While in the 40th Hole would have participated in the Battles of Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, and Franklin. </p><br><br>Condition: Images are in generally good condition with some wear to corners and edges of cases. Some light cracking and flaking of tintypes may be present, but no serious damage to emulsions on ambrotypes or tintypes.<br><br>EST $ 400 - 600...more

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Sheffield Bowie Knife Presented to G.A. Custer

Lot # 521 (Sale Order: 21 of 335)      

Sheffield Bowie Knife Presented to G.A. Custer

5.25" spear point blade, bone handle with German Silver escutcheon with period inscription " G. A. Custer " engraved in the escutcheon. German silver guard. Blade marked with " N " shield " Y " on the reverse Sheffield. Red leather scabbard with German silver tip and throat with button. This was purchased during the sale when Dr. Frost purchased the Custer Farm.

A signed and notarized document dated February 16, 1980 stipulates provenance for the aforementioned Sheffield Bowie Knife, to whit: " This knife and sheith (sic) were acquired at public auction from Custer residence in Monroe, Michigan after Mrs. Elizabeth (Bacon) Custer died in April of 1933 by my late Husband Mr. H. M. Wilkinson. The knife was purchased from Mr. Wilkinson by C.E. Baer of Mansfield, Ohio in September of 1949 at the Richmond County Gun Collectors Meeting in Ashland, Ohio. The history of this knife was passed on to Mr. Wilkinson at the time of purchase and has been retained in the Wilkinson Family ever since the knife was purchased 46 years ago. Signed and Witnessed, Mrs. Harold Wilkinson/Mr. Carl E. Baer." Another more recent document dated March 12, 2018 on the letterhead of a Mansfield, Ohio Jeweler attests " that the engraving on this item was performed by hand and not by machine ." Nothing could be found online regarding the 1933 " public auction ."

We posit that this is likely the very blade carried by Custer during the Civil War as his personal side knife. A common knife was then a necessary if innocuous utilitarian item that was every bit as personal as, say, a pair of expensive pistols or high end sword owned by this larger-than-life personality.

Note: The wording suggests that, in fact, Carl E. Baer was the owner from 1949 and that The Wilkinson Family, namely Mrs. Wilkinson, retained only the "history" to which both parties signed the notarized document on February 16, 1980. Carl E. Baer was the husband of the current consignor.



Condition: The knife is housed in a custom made wood case. Overall the knife is in excellent condition.

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George Armstrong Custer CDV

Lot # 522 (Sale Order: 22 of 335)      

George Armstrong Custer CDV

CDV of Brigadier General Custer, published by Anthony after Brady's portrait of the ascendant American icon taken on or about February 15, 1864. Custer presented standing with clasped hands, holding a hat, catalogued in D. Mark Katz's Custer in Photographs (K-28).



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General George Armstrong Custer, CDV by E. & H.T. Anthony

Lot # 523 (Sale Order: 23 of 335)      

General George Armstrong Custer, CDV by E. & H.T. Anthony

Vignetted photographic engraving of a photograph illustrated in Katz' Custer in Photographs [K-77V], dated May 23, 1865 (during the Grand Review), by Mathew Brady & Co. Verso includes E & H.T. Anthony backmark and a canceled two-cent U.S. Internal Revenue Proprietary stamp.



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Major General George W. Getty and Sixth Army Corps Staff CDV Portrait

Lot # 524 (Sale Order: 24 of 335)      

Major General George W. Getty and Sixth Army Corps Staff CDV Portrait

CDV of Brevet Major General George Getty and members of his Sixth Army Corps. Eleven men presented in the group portrait, each with a handwritten identification number that corresponds to a name, in most cases. Bottom row, L to R: 1st Lt. John H. Macomber, 1st VT Heavy Artillery; unknown; Captain George W. Bonett, 3rd VT Volunteers; Captain Penrose G. Mark, 93rd PA Volunteers. Middle Row, L to R: unknown; Brevet Colonel Charles Mundee, assistant adjutant-general; Brevet Major General George W. Getty; Colonel Hazard Stevens, assistant adjutant-general. Top row, L to R: all unknown.

George Washington Getty (1819-1901) graduated from West Point in 1840 and served extensively in the pre-war Army, including ample participation in the Mexican and Seminole Wars, and even the troubles in Kansas. As the Civil War broke out, Getty was commissioned into the US 5th Light Artillery and commanded the regiment in engagements near Budd's Ferry in winter of that year. The following year, Getty commanded four batteries at Yorktown, Gaines' Mill, and Malvern Hill, and engaged at South Mountain and Antietam. He was then commissioned into the US Volunteers General Staff as a brigadier general on September 25, 1862, in which capacity he participated in the Rappahannock Campaign, engaged at Fredericksburg and in the defense of Suffolk.

During the course of the war, he was consistently promoted, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel in April of 1863, and being brevetted numerous times for his gallantry at the Battle of the Wilderness (where he was severely wounded), and his service at the Battles of Petersburg, Fisher's Hill, and Winchester. Nearly a year after the war ended, in July of 1866, Getty became Colonel of the 37th Infantry, commanding an array of districts and posts until his ultimate retirement from active service in October of 1883.

Hazard Stevens (1842-1918) enlisted as a 1st lieutenant and was commissioned into Field and Staff, NY 79th Infantry on August 1, 1861. The following month, he was commissioned into US Volunteers Adjutant General Department. He later received the Medal of Honor for action at Nansemond River, VA on April 19, 1863, when he led an assault across the river to capture enemy arms.



Condition: CDV with red ink numbers over each subject, some surface soiling and toning throughout, a few minor abrasions including creases and small tears, and wear to edges; mount with surface soil, wear to edges, and adhesive residue on verso.

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Drummer Johnny Clem, 22nd Michigan Volunteers, Autographed CDV

Lot # 525 (Sale Order: 25 of 335)      

Drummer Johnny Clem, 22nd Michigan Volunteers, Autographed CDV

CDV of John Lincoln Clem, 22nd Michigan Volunteers. Morse's Gallery of the Cumberland, Nashville, TN imprint on verso.

Clem (1851-1937) of Newark, OH joined the 22nd Michigan as a drummer boy and gained notoriety for killing a Rebel Colonel at Chickamauga. General Rosecrans promoted him to "honorary sergeant" and he remained a staff pet and orderly for General Thomas until September 1864. Clem was commissioned into the regular army in 1874 and retired in 1901 as a brevet Major General. Here, Clem stands wearing sergeant's coat, tall boots, and corps badge with a pistol in his belt. Autographed with his claim to fame: " Johnny Clem / That shot the / Rebel, Colonel. "



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