RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts Featuring The Founding Fathers

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Beginning with a selection of fantastic early American history—the Founding Fathers and Revolutionary War—RR Auction’s July Fine Autograph and Artifact sale boasts over 1,000 lots. Top items include a 1776 autograph letter by General George Washington, a document from rare Declaration signer George Taylor, a book from the personal library of Thomas Jefferson, and a manuscript by John Jay, tracking claims by New York’s Loyalists. An additional special highlight of the auction is an exceedingly rare autograph letter by Protestant Reformer Martin Luther, dated 1543. Other lots of significance are letters by Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Horatio Nelson, Lord Byron, and Barack Obama. RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted auction house specializing in historical autographs and artifacts. Join us as we make history selling history in July 2018.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
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Pope Benedict XVI407 - Pope Benedict XVI
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Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger in 1927, he served as Pope from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Since his resignation, Benedict holds the title Pop
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Prince Charles408 - Prince Charles
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Color satin-finish 9.75 x 7 photo of Charles and his staff, affixed to the original 12 x 10 mount, signed on the mount in fountain pen, “Charles 1993.
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Estimates : 20.00 - 40.00
 
 
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Princess Grace and Prince Rainier409 - Princess Grace and Prince Rainier
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Matte-finish 5 x 7 photo of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier posing with their children, signed in fountain pen, “Grace de Monaco,” and in blue ballpoin
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Queen Mary of Teck410 - Queen Mary of Teck
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Wife of King-Emperor George V and queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions (1867-1953). ALS signed “May,” three pages on two adjoining sh
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Queen Victoria411 - Queen Victoria
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Two items related to Queen Victoria's coronation: an issue of The Globe and Traveller newspaper from the day of Queen Victoria's coronation,...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Francois-Vincent Raspail412 - Francois-Vincent Raspail
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French chemist, naturalist, and physician (1794–1878) who was one of the founders of the cell theory in biology. Untranslated ALS in French, signed “R
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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[John D. Rockefeller]413 - [John D. Rockefeller]
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Manuscript document, three pages, 7.75 x 9.75, July 28, 1885. Notarized true copy of a loan by John D. Rockefeller to professor Telemachus T. Timayeni
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Royal Family414 - Royal Family
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Group of 16 original cabinet photos of members of the royal family, all approximately 4.25 x 6.5, with subjects including: Queen Alexandra; Queen Alex
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Jonas Salk415 - Jonas Salk
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Color glossy 8 x 10 photo of Salk seated in a classroom, signed in-person in blue felt tip. In very fine condition. Originally obtained by in-person s
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Jonas Salk416 - Jonas Salk
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Medical researcher and virologist (1914–1995) who discovered and developed the polio vaccine. Vintage glossy 7 x 9.5 photo of Salk in his laboratory,
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Charles M. Schwab417 - Charles M. Schwab
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American steel magnate (1862–1939) whose Bethlehem Steel became the second largest steel maker in the United States, and one of the most important hea
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Seth Shostak418 - Seth Shostak
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American astronomer (born 1943) who is currently the Senior Astronomer for the SETI Institute. Two items: a color glossy 8 x 10 half-length photo of S
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Robert Stroud419 - Robert Stroud
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ALS signed “Bob, Robert Stroud #594,” one page, 8 x 10.25, Alcatraz prison stationery to which he adds his full name and prison address, May 24, 1949.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Aung San Suu Kyi420 - Aung San Suu Kyi
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Burmese politician, diplomat, and author (born 1945) who is the leader of the National League for Democracy and the first State Counsellor of Myanmar;
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Margaret Thatcher421 - Margaret Thatcher
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Color satin-finish 10.25 x 8 photo of Margaret Thatcher touching the flag-draped coffin of Ronald Reagan, signed in black felt tip. In fine condition.
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Margaret Thatcher422 - Margaret Thatcher
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ALS signed “Margaret T.,” one page, 7 x 4.5, personal House of Lords letterhead, May 10, 2002. Letter to "Dorothy," in part: "Life go...
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John T. Thompson423 - John T. Thompson
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ALS signed "Jno. T. Thompson," one page, 4.75 x 7.75, Springfield Armory letterhead, October 29, 1903. Letter to Albert H. Cole, in full: ...
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Clyde W. Tombaugh424 - Clyde W. Tombaugh
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Souvenir typescript of "The Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter according to Clyde Tombaugh," one page, 8.25 x 10.75, si...
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Henry A. Wallace425 - Henry A. Wallace
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The 33rd Vice President of the United States (1888–1965) who also served as the 11th Secretary of Agriculture and the 10th Secretary of Commerce. He f
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Booker T. Washington426 - Booker T. Washington
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Vintage fountain pen signature, "Yours sincerely, Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee, Ala., March 9, 1913,” on an off-white 7.5 x 4.75 album page. ...
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Hideki Yukawa427 - Hideki Yukawa
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Japanese theoretical physicist (1907–1981) who became the first Japanese Nobel laureate with the receipt of the 1949 Nobel Prize in Physics 'for...
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24-Star Garrison/Naval Flag428 - 24-Star Garrison/Naval Flag
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Extremely rare circa 1822–1830 hand-sewn garrison/naval flag featuring 24 stars, measuring approximately 140? x 85?, made from a wool bunting material
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Edmund P. Gaines429 - Edmund P. Gaines
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ALS, one page, 7.75 x 10, May 26, 1846. Letter to the future president, "General Zac. Taylor, the U.S. Army in Mexico." In full: "Thi...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Jefferson Davis430 - Jefferson Davis
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ALS signed “Jeffer. Davis,” one page both sides, 5 x 8, March 17, 1860. Letter to Richard Worsam Meade II, the older brother of Gettysburg hero George
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Jefferson Davis431 - Jefferson Davis
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ALS signed “Jeffer. Davis,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, April 13, 1850. Letter to F. H. Elmore concerning the upcoming Nashville
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Varina Davis432 - Varina Davis
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ALS signed “V. Jefferson Davis,” three pages both sides, 5.25 x 7, July 1, 1905. Letter to Virginia Frazer Boyle, the 'Poet Laureate of the Conf...
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Nathan Kimball433 - Nathan Kimball
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Military officer (1822–1898) who distinguished himself at the Battle of Buena Vista and served as a Union general in the Civil War. ALS, three pages o
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James Longstreet434 - James Longstreet
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Partly-printed DS, one page, 11.5 x 6.5, October 31, 1871. Stock certificate issued to George Ingram for five shares of the New Orleans & North ...
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Estimates : 700.00 - 900.00
 
 
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Robert E. Lee435 - Robert E. Lee
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Incredible war-dated ALS signed “R. E. Lee,” three lightly-lined pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8, May 11, 1861. Letter to his cousin Jane B. P
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Matthew F. Maury436 - Matthew F. Maury
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Pioneering naval officer, meteorologist, and oceanographer (1806–1873) who published the first textbook of modern oceanography. ALS signed “M. F. Maur
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George G. Meade437 - George G. Meade
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Civil War–dated ALS signed “Geo. G. Meade,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac letterhead, February 10, 186
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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George E. Pickett and James Longstreet438 - George E. Pickett and James Longstreet
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Third-person ADS entirely in Pickett's hand, signed within the text five times by Pickett and at the conclusion by Longstreet, three pages on tw...
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Mary E. Walker439 - Mary E. Walker
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Physician and feminist (1832–1919) who served as an assistant surgeon during the Civil War, was imprisoned by the Confederates, and won a Congressiona
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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John J. Pershing440 - John J. Pershing
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ALS, one page, 8 x 10.5, on the reverse of Headquarters American Expeditionary Forces letterhead, January 23, 1918. Letter to the Queen of Belgium, in
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Horatio Wright441 - Horatio Wright
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Engineer and general (1820–1899) who served in the Union Army during the Civil War, responsible for building the fortifications around Washington and
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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George A. Custer442 - George A. Custer
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Tremendous Civil War-dated ALS signed "G. A. Custer," one page both sides, 5 x 8.25, Head-Quarters Cavalry Brigade letterhead, August 21, ...
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 12,000.00
 
 
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George A. Custer443 - George A. Custer
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Rare Planters National Bank check, 7 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Custer, "G. A. Custer," payable to Galt House for $15, March 3, 1873...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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World War II444 - World War II
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Uncommon collection of World War II correspondence between Italian brothers Cesario and Lorenzo Esposito, the former a prisoner of war detained at Cam
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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World War II USAAF 8th Air Force A-2 Flight Jacket with Unit Patch and Painted Decorations445 - World War II USAAF 8th Air Force A-2 Flight Jacket with Unit Patch and Painted Decorations
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An attractive dark brown leather, issue jacket with brown elastique hem and cuffs. The jacket has a single, functional front zipper with collar snaps,
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Korean War USAF 8th Bombardment Squadron A-2 Flight Jacket with Unit Patch and Painted Back446 - Korean War USAF 8th Bombardment Squadron A-2 Flight Jacket with Unit Patch and Painted Back
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An attractive dark brown leather, issue jacket with russet-brown elastique hem and cuffs. The jacket has a single, functional front zipper with collar
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan447 - James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan
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British Army officer (1797–1868) who commanded the Light Brigade during the Crimean War; he led the famous 'Charge of the Light Brigade' at ...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Napoleonic Wars448 - Napoleonic Wars
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ALS signed “David Larmond,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.5 x 9.25, October 7, 1810. Interesting letter with content from the Napoleonic War pe
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Horatio Nelson449 - Horatio Nelson
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Exceptional ALS signed “Nelson & Bronte,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.25 x 8.75, April 5, 1801. Letter to Sir Thomas Warburton, in fu...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Horatio Nelson450 - Horatio Nelson
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ALS signed “Nelson & Bronte,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.25 x 9.25, January 26, 1804. Letter to “H. R. H. Duke de Genevois,” written ...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 100,000.00
 
 
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Charles 'Chinese' Gordon451 - Charles 'Chinese' Gordon
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British general (1833–1885) who, in 1860, crushed the Taiping Rebellion in China, earning the nickname 'Chinese.' ALS signed “C. G. Gordon,”...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Silver Mounted American Dirk with Tammany Hall Engraving452 - Silver Mounted American Dirk with Tammany Hall Engraving
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A beautifully made, early 19th-century dagger that measures 8 1/8? overall, with a 4 1/2? straight, double-edged blade without ricasso. The steel has
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Trunk Belonging to Capt. George H. Howe, 57th MA Infantry (Killed at Petersburg)453 - Trunk Belonging to Capt. George H. Howe, 57th MA Infantry (Killed at Petersburg)
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A typical luggage trunk of the Civil War period belonging to Capt. George H. Howe of the 57th Massachusetts Infantry, who was killed at Petersburg. Th
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Lt. Franklin Burnham Civil War Equipment Display454 - Lt. Franklin Burnham Civil War Equipment Display
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Attractive shadowbox-style display featuring Civil War items belonging to Lt. Franklin Burnham of the 9th New Hampshire Infantry, presented in a frame
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Ambrose E. Burnside455 - Ambrose E. Burnside
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Partly-printed DS, signed “A. E. Burnside,” one page, 10 x 5.5, January 8, 1869. Stock certificate for two hundred shares of the Indianapolis & ...
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Enola Gay456 - Enola Gay
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Glossy 10 x 8 photo of the Enola Gay crew posing in front of their plane, signed in ballpoint and felt tip by Paul Tibbets, Richard Nelson, Theodore V
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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