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A Photograph Signed By Circus Attraction Anna Eliza Leak

ANNA ELIZA LEAK. ISP. 2 1/2" x 4 1/4". n.p. Aug. 24, 1871. A carte-de-visite signed and inscribed on the verso by Leak: "I write poetry & prose holding my pen between my toes. Ann E. Leak Born without arms age 29 years Georgia Aug. 24, 1871." The photograph shows her sitting on a counter with her bare feet on a silver tea service. Considering the circumstances, the writing is incredibly neat, dark and legible. She performed this routine in the same shows that featured Tom Thumb, among other noteworthy attractions. It was Barnum who invented the concept of the sideshow as a source of additional income, and also he who merged his "Hall of Human Oddities" with his circus. It is quite rare to see remnants of Barnum's spectacles, save those of Tom Thumb, in our age. The item shows some wear around the edges, but is in fine condition overall, and a reminder of what passed for entertainment years ago.
Catalog: # AM-0459
Topic: Signed Photographs
Price: $350.00

A Proxy Document Signed By Edward Swift

EDWARD F. SWIFT (d. 1932). A son of Gustavus Swift Sr, the founder of Swift and Company, Edward served as president of Compania Swift Internacional, S.A. and Swift Refrigerator Transportation Co. He also served as vice president of Swift and Company and a director of numerous corporations. A "Proxy and Waiver Irving National Bank" document signed "Edward F. Swift". The document assigned several other men to vote for Swift at the stockholders' meeting. It is in Fine condition, with the exception of two pin holes with a dark signature and a 10 cent red Document stamp.
Catalog: # AM-1167
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $45.00

A Rare Autograph Of Early Printer Solomon Southwick

[The James Franklin Printing Press] In 1717, James Franklin, older brother of Benjamin Franklin, returned home to Boston afer serving as a printer’s apprentice in England. He brought with him this printing press. Made in London of unseasoned English elm, probably about 1650, the press proved to be rugged enough to take over a century’s worth of continuous hard work. It was a “common press,” designed to be dismantled for easy transport. Upon his return to Boston with the press, James Franklin established one of the first newspapers in the American colonies, The New England Courant. Soon Franklin’s younger brother, Benjamin was place with Jams as an apprentice by their father. This relationship turned sour, however, and Benjamin ended his apprenticeship early by running away to Philadelphia.The strong political views that James expressed in the editorials of the Courant provoked the Boson authorities to censor him. Like so many before him, rather than submit to their authority, he left the restrictive atmosphere of Massachusetts and came to the more tolerant Rhode Island in 1725. James Franklin created printing history when he arrived in Newport. He became the most prolific printer in Rhode Island printing the currency of the colony, The Acts and Resolves of the General assembly, hundreds of broadsides, almanacs, and countless other printed pieces. He established Rhode Island’s first-if shore lived- newspaper, the Rhode Island Gazette, which was published between 1732 and 1733.By 1733, Benjamin Franklin had established himself as a printer in Philadelphia. James Franklin died in 1735, and Benjamin Franklin took his nephew, James Franklin, Jr., as his apprentice. Young James remained with his uncle until he was old enough to return to Newport and take over management of him family’s shop in 1748. In the meantime, Anne Franklin, James’ widow, and her daughter took over the shop.In 1758, after James, Jr. returned from Philadelphia, the Franklin family established the Newport mercury, which has been in continuous publication to this day. It is now published by the Sherman Family who also publishes the Newport Daily News, James Jr. died in 1762 and his mother once again took over the printing operation, this time with her son-in-law Samuel Hall.In 1768, Hall sol the press and the business to Solomon Southwick. In July 1776 Southwick printed copies of the Declaration of Independence for all the towns of Rhode Island. Southwick continued using the press until the American Revolution. During the war, Solomon Southwick buried part of the Franklin Press behind his house on Broadway in an attempt to hide from the British. A local Tory informed on Southwick and the British dug up the press for their own use during their occupation of the city.
Catalog: # AM-1330
State: Rhode Island
Topic: Colonial America
Price: $500.00

A Rare Broadside On The Execution of Louis H. F. Wagner Who Was Convicted Of The Axe Murders Of Two Woman On The Isles Of Shoals Off The Coast Of New Hampshire

[Criminal History]. Broadside. 6 3/4" x 12". Printed by Opinion Printing, Rockland, Maine. Poems commemorating the execution by hanging of Louis H. F. Wagner and John True Gordon "who were hung at Thomaston, Me., June 25, 1875." In 1873, northern New England witnessed two brutal axe murders within three months apart from one another. The first of the murders occurred when a German-born fisherman named Louis Wagner killed two women, Anethe Christensen and Karen Christensen. Wagner had recently moved to the area and was living in poverty. He worked for a local fishing company where he financially lived day to day. He was known for complaining to his fellow workers about his lack of money and poor clothing. Furthermore, Wagner often talked about he adored Anethe Christensen despite not being able to have her. On one night in March, Wagner tried to solve his problems himself. He stole a local fisherman’s boat and began to row out to Smuttynose Island. His plan was to rob, murder, and possibly rape the three Christensen sisters who lived there alone. With only a hand-axe, Wagner was able to kill two of the three women while severely injuring the other. Amongst the intensity of the situation, one sister was able to escape and hide in the rocks on the beach until neighbors saw her around dawn. Wagner was eventually convicted of murder and hanged at Maine State Prison. Wagner maintained he was innocent until he was hung, and the warden of the prison supported his claims. On the day of Wagner’s hanging, another axe-murdering man, John True Gordon, accompanied Wagner. Also claiming his innocence, Gordon had far more evidence against him. The farm house of Almon and Emma Gordon was brutally ravaged and burned on June 16, 1873. Both Almon and Emma, as well as their year and a half old daughter were killed. Almon and Emma’s six-year-old son was brutally injured but survived. The testimonies of those in the house and the blood found on items in John True Gordon’s living quarters were major players in the conviction. However, the most powerful piece of evidence was the fact that John was vehemently trying to save furniture while the farm burned down rather than trying to save a single member of the family. In the end, it was determined that John’s motivation was likely to have involved his father’s passing of the family farm land to his younger brother Almon. There was also speculation that John had a very conflicting relationship with Almon’s wife, Emma. A rare broadside from the hanging that features pictures and descriptive poems about both killers. We are aware of one other in existence though others are likely to be found. Some light dampstaining, Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3020
State: New Hampshire
Topic: Crime History
Price: $1750.00

A Rare Ebenezer Breed Document, Owner Of Breed’s Hill, The Site of The Battle of Bunker Hill

Ebenezer Breed. American merchant and owner of Charlestown’s Breed’s Hill. It was upon Breed’s Hill that much of the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought. Autograph Document Signed, “Ebenr Breed,” internally. One page. No place. 1774. Breed writes: “Mr. Baker to Ebenr Breed To the hire of a horse & shay to Salem ₤4.10.0 To a horse & sulky to Medford and Cambridge and to Jamaca [sic] to Call a Councill & Expenses 4.0.0 ₤8.10.0.” Pen notation at lower edge identifies Breed as owner of Breed’s Hill. Usual folds, some very light toning to left edge, else Very Fine.
Catalog: # RN-283
State: Massachusetts
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $1250.00

A Rare Ethan Allen ADS To Fellow Green Mountain Boy John Grant

Ethan Allen (1738 - 1789). Ethan Allen can be recognized for his many accomplishments; however, American Revolutionary War hero is his greatest distinctions. As leader of the famous Green Mountain Boys he led a campaign throughout Vermont and the surrounding area during the Revolution. His Green Mountain Boys were able to capture the British Fort Ticonderoga amongst winning other battles. ADS. 1 page. June 5, 1782. Allen writes in full indicating receipt of payment of a note due him; “June the 5th day 1782 then received of John Grant the full contents of a certain note in my favour against him and do hereby discharge the same it being the only note which I have against him as witness my hand -Ethan Allen” This discharges the debt to Ethan Allen from a fellow Green Mountain Boy John Grant. A choice and rare full Allen ADS. Few mounting traces on verso. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1816
Topic: American Revolution

A Rarely Seen William Bingham Check

WILLIAM BINGHAM (1752-1804). American statesman from Philadelphia who helped to found the first bank of the new nation. Autograph Pay Order Signed, “Wm Bingham.” One page, 7 ½” x 3 ¼”. “Black Point.” November 24, 1792. With docketing on verso. Bingham writes:   “Please to pay to Mr. William Lloyd on order five hundred & seventy dollars, for value received, which charge to Account   Your obed Serv. Wm. Bingham. Nicholas Law Esq. New York.”   A leading Philadelphia banker and financier who aided the Revolutionary cause, William Bingham was also a major land developer in the early years of the American nation, purchasing over 2 million acres in Maine in addition to land in upstate New York. Our note was drafted at Bingham’s recent New York purchase, where he established a country retreat on 200 acres of Black Point farmland that is today known as Bingham Hill. 
Catalog: # AM-0208
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $575.00

A Scarce Cleburne Signature With Rank

PATRICK CLEBURNE (1828 - 1864). Confederate Major General. Planned the capture of the U.S. Arsenal in Arkansas, wounded at Perryvill. Killed in Action at the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. 3 1/8" x 1 ½”. On blue paper. Cut signature with sentiment "Your Obt. Servt., P. R. Cleburne, Maj. Genl." Cleburne's autograph has been extremely rare and elusive to many Confederate General specialists. A superb opportunity to add this important and highly desirable rarity to a special collection. In Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AM-3409
Topic: Confederate & Southern States
Price: $3250.00

A Scarce War Date Cavalry Order Signed By Confederate General Humphrey Marshall

Humphrey Marshall (1812-1872). A four-term antebellum United States Congressman and a Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army and a Confederate Congressman during the American Civil War, Minister to China. Scarce War Date LS. 1 Page. 7 1/2" x 12". Head Quarters Lebanon VA. March 11th, 1862. Marshall issues "Special Order No. 33" concerning the promotion of a "Rifle Mounted Battalion" officer. "Assistant Adjutant General Ben F. Bradley having been requested by the officers and men of the Rifle Mounted Battalion to accept the command of said battalion as Major threreof, and having signified his desire to accept the commission now tendered to him by the suffrages of the Battalion, is relieved from duty as a member of teh Brigade Staff from this date. He will proceed immediately to the command of the battalion of Mounted Rifles with the rank of Major, subject of course to the approval of the President and will be obeyed and respected accordingly. II: Bartonn W. Jenkins, having been heretofore selected as Aid-de-Camp to the Brigadier General commanding, will be respected accordingly." Boldly signed at the conclusion "H. Marshall, Brig. Genl Comg." A scarce war dated cavalry order signed by Marshall. Fine.
A fine content letters from the scarce general. Fine.

Catalog: # AM-3288
Price: $1250.00

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