Day 3 of Holabird's June 6th-9th auction in Reno is loaded with many historically significant items

The day features rare items pertaining to Black Americana, Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, Gen. George A. Custer, and notorious 19th century Western outlaws like Black Bart and the Grey Fox. Online bidding is available on multiple platforms.
By: Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC
Signatures of over 10 of the 7th Cavalry Survivors
Signatures of over 10 of the 7th Cavalry Survivors
RENO, Nev. - June 3, 2024 - PRLog -- Holabird Western Americana Collections' four-day American History & Hall of Fame Showcase auction, June 6th thru 9th, online and live in the Reno gallery, is packed with more than 2,300 lots of collectible treasures in a broad range of categories, but bidders would be wise to give special attention to the rare, special items up for bid on Day 3, Saturday, June 8th. Many of the lots are truly historically significant.

Black Americana will be led by lot 3084, an original ferrotype photograph of eight of the founding members of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee and the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society (better known collectively as the Underground Railroad, which shuttled slaves from the South to the North in the 1800s). The photo was taken circa 1855-1860, with identifying notes included. It may be the only photo of these important men from this era (est. $10,000-$30,000).

Items pertaining to the Civil War will be plentiful. Lot 3268 is an incredible autograph book (and thus an actual POW record) of 116 Confederate officers held at Johnson's Island, Ohio. It is a spectacular and exceptionally rare first-hand record of the POWs, containing two autographs per page. It includes some of General Morgan's "Raiders", an unsuccessful attempt to secretly raid Union camps in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky in 1863. The book should realize $6,000-$10,000.

Lot 3269 is a Confederate officer's coat button from around 1861, not identified with any state but very rare and in very good condition (est. $2,800-$4,000). The button depicts the American Eagle facing right, surrounded by a total of 11 states, with lightning bolts in the eagle's talons. It measures 23mm in diameter, two-piece with a shelf shank, a twisted rope border and no ID of manufacture. It was made in England for the Confederate states after the naval blockade of 1861.

Items relating to Abraham Lincoln as President will be offered. Lot 3132 is an official document dated July 2, 1863 and signed by Secretary of the Nevada Territory Orion Clemens as acting governor (which he sometimes did when Governor James Nye was traveling). Clemens joined Lincoln's election campaign and when Lincoln was elected President, he appointed Clemens Secretary of the Nevada Territory. The document is framed and matted (est. $2,500-$3,500).

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