Additional Information: Gold and Gold Quartz Cane, California, c. 1872, the gold knob
top centering an octagonal faceted gold quartz stone, the paneled collar with original
presentation inscription "Martin White/Jan. 25th, 1872/James Mayberry," and secondary
presentation inscription "to Gen. Samuel Breck 1900," on a tapering koa wood shaft
indigenous to Hawaii. The cane terminates with a 1.5-inch ferrule. This is a
marvelous/historic example that once belonged to a West Point graduate, Indian fighter,
Civil War participant, and General.
The large gold and gold quartz knob handle measures 2.5-inches high and 1 1/2”
across the top. Set within the top in a gold bezel containing a 1.25-inch faceted and
polished gold quartz stone containing polished raw gold flecks and is free of cracks or
fissures. The eight panel sides are decorated with elaborate engraving, four of which
have matching engraving. Three panels are inscribed: “Martin White”, “Jan 25th, 1872”,
and “James Mayberry”, which was the first presentation. The fourth panel is inscribed: “To Gen. Samuel Breck, 1900”. (This cane was given to General Samuel Breck after his
retirement from his Adjutant General post in the U.S. Army in 1900. It was originally
presented to Martin White by James Mayberry in 1872.)
Breck was born 25 February 1834; Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
Died: 23 February 1918 (aged 83) Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Married to Caroline Juliet Breck. Father of Samuel J. Breck. Graduate of United States
Military Academy at West Point, New York, on July 1, 1855. Served in the Third
Seminole War. Professor of Geography, History and Ethics at West Point. First
lieutenant and captain in the 1st United States Artillery from 1861 to 1862. Assistant
adjutant general under General Irvin McDowell on November 29, 1861. Brevetted
brigadier general on March 13, 1865 for "diligent, faithful and meritorious services
during the war". He served until he retired in 1898, serving the last year as Brigadier
General, and Adjutant General of the Army.
Inscription above, HARTFORD WIDE-AWAKES, two stars centering; center displays a
marcher wearing the uniform of the Lincoln Wide-Awake club, carrying a cane and
lantern. Reverse: inscription above, ORGANIZED, centered by five stars to right and left
above MARCH THIRD; center: a uniformed marcher carrying a torch light; below, 1860.
Struck in Waterbury, Connecticut early in campaign. Brass, reeded edge, 28mm
2.Sullivan AL 1860-41
Obverse. Inscription: HON. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, at the center, beardless bust of
Lincoln to right with ELLIS (engraver) on truncation and 1860 below. Reverse.
Inscription around above, THE RAIL SPLITTER OF THE WEST; at the center, the rural
scene depicting Lincoln and assistant splitting rails, log cabin at right.
Plain edge. Brass; struck by Ellis at Waterbury, Connecticut.
3.Satin Ribbon Commemorating the Unveiling of Connecticut's Civil War
Governor William A. Buckingham’s Statue
A rare ribbon issued in 1884 commemorating the unveiling of the statue honoring
William A. Buckingham on the lawn of the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut. The
statute was executed by Olin L. Warner of New York. Governor Wailer uncovered the
statue and an address was delivered by United States Senator Orville H. Platt. The
ribbon is 2 3/8" wide by 6 1/4" in length.
4.Satin Ribbon, Gold Embossed: BUCKINGHAM DAY – JUNE 18, 1884, MAYOR
This small, 6 by 3.75”, 82-page book, contains the autographs and annotations of approximately 157 Confederate company grade officers held prisoner at Point Lookout, Maryland. Many of the names are those of officers captured at Cheshire, Ohio while serving in General John Hunt Morgan’s division. During this fruitless “raid”, which occurred July 2 – 26th, 1863, most of Morgan’s force was captured, killed or reported missing. There are also the names of officers who were captured at Shiloh in 1862, as well as Gettysburg, Spotsylvania Court House, Petersburg and places in between.
In spite of the miserable conditions they were subjected to, the remarkable spirit of these men shines through in their short messages:
W. Kendall, 1st Lieut., Co.A, 3rd Ky Cav. From Pilot Point, Denton County, Texas had a wife and 3 children “...from whom I have not heard since the 18th of Jan 1863: but am content knowing that they are in the hands of Him by whose aid we expect eventually to succeed in the present struggle for independence...”
Benj. J. Lancaster, Lieut., Co. K, 8th Ky Cav. From Lebanon, Kentucky:
“...When the war is o’er
And not before
Will I go home
Base cowards shrink
Fools stop to think
Till Freedom is gone”
John D. Boyan, 1st Lieut., Co. A, 6th Regt. Ky Cav. From Danville, Boyle Co. Ky.
“...I am twenty six years at age unmarried, but hope soon to see the independence of my country recognized, peace established when I can ask some fair one to accompany me along the remaining portion of life’s journey.”
Francis A Boyle, 1st Lt & Adjt, 32 N.C. I. From Plymouth, N.C.
“There are three things that I desire with an exceeding longing – a Sword, a Wife, and my Freedom”
There is even a note that may clear up how Miss Morfit, a lady living in Baltimore, came to be in possession of this wonderful little book.
Lieutenant Bills of the 32nd Miss. Vol. Regt. Wrote:
“...was captured near Lafayette, Ga on the 10th of Sept / ’63 while on picket – Have been a beneficiary of the generous kindness of the many lady friends of Confed. [sic] Prisoners and feel truly grateful.”
Many, on both sides, regarded Baltimore as a Southern city and there were many living there who sympathized with the Confederate cause. Perhaps Miss Carrie C. Morfit was one of them.
Printed & manuscript document signed by DeWitt Clinton, Governor of New York, March 24, 1821;
embossed seal and signature of secretary; framed with engraved portrait.
Normal folds, very fine condition overall; Frame: 25.5 x 15.5"; document: 11.25 x 8".
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) graces this cabinet photo with her full-name signature; the
mounted sepia portrait grades near mint, photo measures 4.25” x 6.5”, and features a well-
known profile image of the author in here later years. Stowe’s black-ink script rates “10” and
contrasts beautifully against the white lower margin. A large and attractive imprint on the
reverse advertises photographer “Geo. H. Hastings” of Boston. This item has been examined by
Interesting letter by the Mass. Gov who recommended and Commissioned the Mass. 54th of
"Glory" fame, and perhaps the most famous Civil War regiment. Not Transcribed: See images and
read for yourself. 6 x 8" 2 folded pages with writing, two blank pages. Folds, minor tear at fold
seam, but overall good.
Broadside, Civil War. Confederate Song Sheet “When This Cruel War is Over.”
(1862) Civil War Era Confederate Song Sheet titled “When This Cruel War is Over.”, by
Charles C. Sawyer, Fine. This original Confederate Song Sheet measures 9” x 6.5”
published by J. C. Schreiner & Son, Savannah, GA., sold by Horace Partridge, Boston.
Text enclosed by an ornate border. Edge splits along all edges, paper loss at top,
-Four Pictorial Envelopes, Unused.
-1864 Commissioner of Pension Report, worn
-Boston Almanac 1860 with folding maps well worn
some splits and tears to maps, rough
-Essay on Man, 1842 universal prayer, worn
2 Sided Partially Printed Document, Obverse: United States of America; An Act for the Government and
Regulation of Seaman in the Merchants' Service; Printed Names of Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg,
John Adams, and George Washington. Obverse is the full Act in 3 columns. Reverse is an agreement
between Ship Masters, Seaman and Mariners filled out by Master, specifically spelling out the terms
of the agreement including the Ship, Destination, Duration, List of all names Master and Crew, Place
and Date of Entry; Names Rank or Role, Witness of Signing (preventing sailors going unwillingly),
Advance Wages, day wage rates, and Full/final wages. In summary, the Ships Master is responsible to
meet the terms of the contract and is likely to be checked at each U.S. Port. This act went a long
way in protecting the rights of the seamen and ensured that they got paid per agreement. An
important piece of Maritime Law. This 2 sided partially printed document is framed so either side
can be displayed and shows handsomely both ways. Not inspected out of the frame, but apparently
legible. Ship Master is Henry Barnard, and also carried a 10-man crew. Fascinating piece of U.S.
Maritime Law and History. Folds, creases include some small losses at folds and some small text
loss. See pictures for detail. Many names to research!
(View area: 11.5" x 15"; overall: 13.5" x 17")
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Previously unpublished legal brief authored by Lincoln with 610 words in his hand. Lincoln writes as "A Commissioner for the Circuit Court of Champaign County, Illinois"
Filed May 26, 1853
"4pp ADS Signed 4x; 2.5 pp in Abraham Lincoln's hand May 26, 1853. Not in "Collected Works....". Not mentioned in "Lincoln Log" Apparently previously unpublished legal brief approx. 610 words in Lincoln's hand. A REMARKABLE FOUR AUTOGRAPHS using his FULL NAME TWICE with titles, and A. LINCOLN TWICE with titles and one with a whimsical SEAL drawn by Lincoln. Two Sheets Folded (4 pp) approx 8"x 12.75" on expected blue legal sheets. One autograph on each of the 4 pp. allowingfor exceptional display possibility by creative framer. Unframed, some separation at seams, but fully intact, fully legible and completely enamouring. Lincoln identifies himself as commissioner in all 4 autographs
SKU: 1296-1 - SOLD
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TRANSCRIPTION AS FOLLOWS:
This Indenture made the Twentysix day of May, in
the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred
and Fiftythree by and between Abraham Lincoln as a Commissioner of the Circuit Court of Champaign County, party of the first part,
and Caleb P. Davis of the state of Indiana,
party of the second part Witnessall
That whereas at
the October term of same Champaign County Circuit Court in
the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred
and Fiftyone in a suit pending in said court where in
said Caleb P Davis was complainant, and Solomon Wilson
and Minerva Wilson his wife were defendants, it was said
court among other things decreed that the said defendant
by deed with same covenants as in their former deed and
with relinquishment of dower convey to the same complainant
the premises in the Bill XXXXX XXXXXX. The West half of the
South quarter of Section Nine, The North East quarter of the South
West quarter of said Section Nine the South West Quarter of
the North West Quarter of said Section Nine. and another part
of said Section Nine and bounded as follows xxxx beginning
four poles North of the North East corner of the forty acre tract
land alone described then south seventynin poles to the south
to the South East corner of said last mentioned forty acre tract then east
one hundred and sixty poles then north thirty poles then West one
hundred and sixty poles to the beginning
Also this one hundred half of the north quarter west quarter of the
south east quarter of Section Eight, all of the said land being
in Township Twentytwo North of Range
Fourteen West of the Second Principal Meridian as is situated in
the county of Champaign in the State of Illinois that said defendant
execute and file in this record said office of Champaign County said deed
on or before the 1st day of the next term of this court, and in case of
the default therein Abraham Lincoln he as commissioner to grant a
conveyance under this decree And whereas said defendant have failure
said default in making conveyance according to said decree now among
the files of said court are in the words following xxxx " And the said
Solomon Wilson and Minerva his wife do covenant said xxxx with the
said Caleb P Davis and with his heirs and assign that they will and their
heirs and executors and administrators will warrant and forever defend
the same tract or parcels of land and all the appertinces to the same
Caleb P Davis and his heirs and assigns against all persons whatsoever
lawfully claiming or to claim the land.
Now therefor in consideration of the promises, i, the party of the first part have granted bargained and sold and by the powerxxx do grant
bargain and sell unto Caleb P Davis, and to his heirs and assigns forever
all the rights with interest and estate of the same Solomon Wilson and Minerva his wife
and to the lands herein above xxxxx. to Have and to Hold to the said
Caleb P Wilson and his heirs and assigns forever the same land together with all
and xxxxx the priviledge and appertinances therein belonging And I, party of the first part, so far as I am XXXX to authority do so
the same Solomon Wilson and Minerva his wife, and each of them
to the performance of this conveyance and to the relinquishment of
the dower as herefor recited
In testimony whereof, I , Party of the first part as commissioner as
aforesaid have hereto set my hand and seal this day and year first above written
A. Lincoln (draws a seal)
(NOTE: Following Section is in the hand of Thompson R. Webber, clerk of courts)
State of Illinois
I, Thompson R. Webber, Clerk of the
Circuit Court in and for said county, do hereby certify that
Abraham Lincoln whose signature appears to the foregoing
Does as having executed the same came this day personally
before me and acknowledges that for has created the same
in his Official Capacity for the xxxx and purposes
In testimony whereof I have hereto
set my hand and affixed the seal
of said court at Urbana this 26th day
of May, A.D. 1853
(Official Seal) T. R. Webber, Clrk
External or Page 4 folded in 4. Docketed by Lincoln for the court
A. Lincoln, Commissioner
To xx Deed
Caleb P. Davis
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A period letter, easy to read and well written; aches and pains of camp life; thanking his sister for sending stamps which he traded for a chicken and loaf of soft bread..."and got me the best dinner I have had for a long time." Mentions letter not getting home and that "the letter was captured while going up the river to Louisville." Lined paper with The Great battle of Manassas, Sept. 30th, 1862; measures: 4.5 x 7.75 inches.
Portrait of Garfield within border of oak leaf, laurel and stars surmounted by sword and flags festooned with black ribbon; beneath is a panoply of arms. President March 4th 1881
Died September 19th 1881
Age 49 Years
Eulogy By Hon. James C. Blaine
House Of Representatives Feb. 27, 1882 The card stock measure 9.75 by 6-inches; minor soiling...crease at bottom right.
Dimensions: 9.75 by 6-inches.
Green cloth cover, front and back with blind stamped eagle, spine with gold lettering, lightly inscribed in pencil "A. W. Eames / Aug 1866 / Leicester Mass."
Condition: flyleaf diagram has tear in one fold and foxing on front and back cover pages otherwise very good, volume I only.
Dimensions: 5.25 by 3.75-inches.
Hiram S. Berdan Autograph, Commander of Berdan's Sharpshooters - Copy of The Works of Washington Irving, Volume IX, 1854, signed on inside of end paper "H. Berdan." The inside cover page has a Francis Marion Crawford bookplate; Marion Crawford was a very popular American author who married Hiram Berdan's daughter Elizabeth in 1884. Hiram S. Berdan (1824 - 1893) was a millionaire who formed a unit of expert marksmen that became famous as "Berdan's Sharpshooters" during the Civil War. Berdan's autograph is uncommon.
1842 broadside printed in tribute to James K. York, Captain of the schooner Napoleon that was lost with all but one of his crew in a storm off the coast of Maine in November, 1842. The surviving crewmember, Stephen Chase, wrote a poem about the Captain's demise that was printed in Portland, ME in February, 1843. Rice paper mounted on laid paper, toned, with staining. - 11-inches by 7.5-inches.
In pursuance of Rogers requesting the deficiency, if any, of materials of copper, wood and iron for vessels being built at the Navy Yards under the act of the "Gradual Increase of the Navy"...Bainbridge writes, -That a sufficient quantity of each of the materials named is on hand, to complete Gun Ship No. 1 with the exception of about 55 feet pine boards & plank. Bainbridge reports inventory needed to complete Gun Ship No. 2 and materials needed to complete 44-Gun Frigate. (As depicted, center crease; a 1.5-inch tear, long ago taped at upper right. Old collectors tape at top and bottom crease line...about .25-inch each.)
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