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Chanfrau’s New National Theatre Broadside

FRANCIS “FRANK” CHANFRAU (1824-1884) American actor and theater manager. Printed Broaside for "Chanfrau's New National Theatre" 5 3/4" x 21 1/4". New York. July 13, 1849. This evening's performance features ""Mose in California," which featured the hugely popular Mose, a character originated by Chanfrau. In 1848, Frank Chanfrau assumed management of the struggling Chatham Theater, renaming the venue Chanfrau’s New National Theatre. Though the theater only operated under Chanfrau’s management for two years, it proved to be a highly successful time in the theater’s history. Prominently featured throughout this time was Chanfrau’s character of Mose, a caricature of the working-class masses of Lower Manhattan that had originally appeared to rave reviews in “New York as it is.” In addition to this popular character, the theater also drew large crowds because Chanfrau allowed working-class patrons to sit anywhere in the playhouse, a break from the custom of seating these patrons only in the pit. This open seating policy and the popularity of the Mose character led to frequent sell-out performances, and, in one instance, and over-sale that required the city police’s presence to remove a crowd of theatergoers that had rushed the New National Theatre’s stage! Very Fine.
Catalog: # AA-0007
State: New York
Topic: Broadsides
Price: $295.00

Chanfrau’s New National Theatre Broadside

FRANCIS FRANK” CHANFRAU (1824-1884) American actor and theater manager. Printed Broadside for Chanfrau’s New National Theatre [Formerly Chatham]” 6” x 21 3/4”. New York. August 16, no year (1848). Nice image of an eagle with olive branch and “American Flag” shield at top. This evening’s performance features JOHN R. SCOTT as Rolla in Sheridan’s “Pizarro Or, the Death of Rolla.” JOHN R. SCOTT (1808-1856) American actor who was among the favorite performers in the Old Bowery performing the title role in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In 1848, Frank Chanfrau assumed management of the struggling Chatham Theater, renaming the venue Chanfrau’s New National Theatre. Though the theater only operated under Chanfrau’s management for two years, it proved to be a highly successful time in the theater’s history. Prominently featured throughout this time was Chanfrau’s character of Mose, a caricature of the working-class masses of Lower Manhattan that had originally appeared to rave reviews in “New York as it is.” In addition to this popular character, the theater also drew large crowds because Chanfrau allowed working-class patrons to sit anywhere in the playhouse, a break from the custom of seating these patrons only in the pit. This open seating policy and the popularity of the Mose character led to frequent sell-out performances, and, in one instance, and over-sale that required the city police’s presence to remove a crowd of theatergoers that had rushed the New National Theatre’s stage! Very Fine.
Catalog: # AA-0008
State: New York
Topic: Broadsides
Price: $295.00

Charles Dickens Repertoire Company

30” x 21” advertisement for Charles Dickens Repertoire Company from the Grand Theatre, London.” Stages versions of Little Nell, Oliver Twist, and Bleak House by Oliver Brand to be performed February 29, 1903 at The Referee. The broadside features eight color images: A Dicken’s portrait, Quilp, Tulkinghorn & Hortense, Lady Dedlock & Joe. Little Nell and her grandfather, Dick Swiveller and the Marchioness, Bill Sykes & Nancy and Fagin and the Artful Dodger. Paper loss at lower left, not affecting images. Three punch holes at top edge. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AA-0075
Price: $750.00

Chronological Table Of Biblical Figures

Autograph Document. Four pages, 6 1/4” x 7 7/8”. No place. No date. The document reads, in part: A cronological [sic] table, by John Watkins at the request of his Sister Dunkin showing the few persons competent to transmit by tradition from Adam to Moses, the account the latter has given of the creation, the Antedeluvian world, the flood and subsequent events ... These five persons were competent to hand down to Moses by tradition, the account he has given, of the creation, the history of the antedeluvian world, the account of the flood, and of the transactions subsequent thereto to his time ... The life of man being protracted in those ages to the great length we find them recorded, clearly proves the practibility of the correctness of Moses’ history, by tradition, if there were no written monuments of them, to assist him; a thing of which there is no evidence, but solely founded on presumption, which is stronger on the other side, as the Egyptians are said to have been in his day a learned people, and Moses himself know how to write.” The individuals listed are, Adam, Metheuselah, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Levi, Kohath and Amram. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AA-0084
Price: $175.00

Cincinnati Museum Association Thanks M. E. Ingalls For His Donation Of A Portrait Of Charles W. West By Eastman Johnson

11" X 15 1/4" The Director is desired to convey to ME Ingalls the Thanks of the Cincinnati Museum Association for the undermentioned donation to this Museum, namely; Portrait of Charles W. West by Eastman Johnson. Dated July 8th 1882. CHARLES W. WEST (1810-1884) He received a common-school education, worked on a farm till he was twenty-one years old, was a clerk in a mill at Rochester, New York, for four years, and then was engaged in milling at Columbia, Pennsylvania, for a year or two. He returned to Rochester, went to the west, and in 1841 established himself in Cincinnati, where he achieved commercial success. In September 1880, he offered to contribute $150,000 toward the erection of an art museum building, provided that an equal amount was raised by subscription, and on the condition being fulfilled he gave twice as much as he had promised. The building was begun in September 1882, and completed before the close of 1885. EASTMAN JOHNSON American Painter, (1824-1906) was born and raised in southwestern Maine. In 1840 he began his artistic training in a Boston lithography shop. His talents as a draftsman soon led him to become a crayon portraitist, a career he pursued for the following decade in Washington, D.C., and in Boston, where he executed portraits of Hawthorne, Emerson, and Longfellow
Catalog: # AA-0258
Price: $275.00

Coin Salvaged From A Spanish Vessel Sunk During The Spanish-American War

Typed Document Signed. One page, 8” x 10 7/8”. 17” x 20 1/2” matted and framed. Massachusetts. September 21, 1899. The document reads, in part: “The accompanying Spanish gold coin, 25 pesetas, the impressions of which are hereon made, is a relic of the American-Spanish was and was presented to Ralph S. Bartlett by Lieut. Walter Ball, United States Navy, at a dinner aboard the United States gunboat “Marietta”, September 19, 1899. This coin was found by Lieut. Ball on July 5, 1898, amid the ruins, near an officer’s stateroom, of the destroyed Spanish armoured [sic] cruiser “El Almirante Oquendo”, one of the ships of Admiral Cervera’s fleet, near the harbor of Santiago, Cuba, Lieut. Ball being at the time an officer upon Admiral Samson’s flagship “New York”. In witness of the foregoing statement, the said Walter Bell hereto affixes his signature this twenty-first day of September, A.D. 1899 Walter Ball …” Below Ball’s signature a Notary Public has attested that Ball has sworn on oath that his statement is true. Gold notary’s seal at lower left. The above noted coin is affixed to the lower right corner of document and the top of document bears a faint impression of both sides of the coin. Very Fine. This document is accompanied by four photographic images mounted to a single sheet. Each photograph measures 4 3/4” x 3 5/8”. The images are identified as “Isles of Shoals 1897,” “Maplewood Avenue Bridge and Boat House 1897,” “Coburn Hoyt 1897” and “Steamship ‘New York’ Portsmouth Harbor NH 1897”. Fine. Also accompanied by the book Our Nation in War, which documents the Spanish American War, including the destruction of the “El Almirante Oquendo” and other vessels in Cervera’s fleet. Very Good.
Catalog: # AA-0250
Topic: Spanish-American War
Price: $1500.00

Confederate Imprint: General Orders Detailing The Disposition Of Dead Soldiers Clothing

General Orders No. 63. 5 ¼” x 7 ¾”. Self cover. Adjutant and Inspector General’s Office. Richmond, August 6, 1864: “All detailed men will report to, and be commanded by the generals of reserves in the states to which they respectively belong, who will organize them into companies and regiments.” The order details revisions and revocation of other orders and amends General Orders No. 49 concerning the disposition of dead soldiers clothing; “Surgeons in charge of hospitals will have the military clothing of deceased soldiers washed before turning it over to the quartermaster for reissue. The appraisement of such clothing will not exceed the prices established in General Orders.” Signed in type by Samuel Cooper. Couple of small binding holes at left. Very Fine
Catalog: # AA-0202
State: Virginia
Topic: Civil War
Price: $475.00

Confederate Postal Department Contractor’s Agreement And Schedule

Partially Printed Document. Two pages, 8 1/2”x 13 7/8. Confederate States of American Post Office Department, Contract Bureau. August 22, 1863. The document lists L.D. McMakin as the contractor for Mail Route # 1966 from Spartanburg to Morrittsville, [?] South Carolina. It also lists the route’s schedule and provides printed instructions regarding the Postmaster’s responsibility as regards contractors.
Even with able administrators such as Postmaster General John Reagan, the postal service of the Confederate States of America found itself continually interrupted by Northern blockades and the invading Union Army. Prior to his appointment to this troubled organization, L.D. McMakin had served as a corporal in the Third South Carolina Reserves. A nice piece of Confederate postal history. Some paper loss at center fold. Else Fine.
Catalog: # AA-0087
Topic: Confederate & Southern States
Price: $850.00

Connecticut Courant

[Newspaper]. 4 pages. Monday, December 8, 1799. An unusual edition of the well known Connecticut Courant printed by Hudson and Goodwin in that the entire front page of the paper displays an advertisement for Hudson and Goodwin’s books. “Hudson and Goodwin have for sale at their store opposite the North Meeting House, Hartford, the following books, which they have lately received from London, Dublin and elsewhere.” A wide variety of books in many topical interest areas such as medicine, poetry, divinity, arts and sciences and many others are included as well as writing papers, account books, etc. Excellent condition.
Catalog: # AA-0215
State: Connecticut
Topic: Newspapers
Price: $225.00

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