SS Central America Shipwreck Artifacts Auction, Part I (December 2022)

Auction Details

The S.S. Central America Artifacts Auction catalog has 268 pages of detailed treasure stories about the people, jewelry, gold, and goods onboard the famous "Ship of Gold" that sank off the North Carolina coast in 1857 with tons of gold on board. While the coins and nuggets have already been sold and are in thousands of collections around the world, the artifacts are only just now being released, and are presented for the first time in a two-part sale in December 2022 and February 2023. Online auction platforms do not carry the wealth of information found in our printed catalog, inclusive of three-dimensional photographs of the items on the seafloor and a map where many artifacts were discovered. Order your limited-edition printed catalogs today and enjoy the fascinating world of the S.S. Central America treasure.

Part A of this December auction includes artifacts recovered from the actual shipwreck of the S.S. Central America.
Part B, starting with Lot 2000, offered the same day, presents some of the best California and Alaska Gold Rush material ever assembled for auction.

Fred Holabird
Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC

AUCTION SCHEDULE

Part A  - S.S.Central America Artifacts
(Lots 1000-1271)

Ships Provisions (Lots 1000-1080)
Passenger Possessions (Lots 1081-1249)
The Business of Gold (Lots 1250-1271)

Part B -  Gold Rush Era Collectibles
(Lots 2000-2276)

Gold Specimens (Lots 2000-2069)
Mining Ephemera; Jewelry; Rare Books & More (Lots 2079-2276)
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Ladies' Chemise, Easton Trunk [158741]1200 - Ladies' Chemise, Easton Trunk [158741]
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Ladies' chemise recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Ladies' chemise with 3 buttonholes and 3 button...
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Estimate : 200.00
Sold to v********s.. for (150.00 + 30.00) = 180.00
 
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Ladies' Chemise, Mrs. Easton, Easton Trunk [158755]1201 - Ladies' Chemise, Mrs. Easton, Easton Trunk [158755]
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Ladies' chemise or night gown recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Significantly degraded on reverse. Fr...
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Start Price : 500.00 | Estimate : 1,000.00
 
 
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Ladies' Coat, Easton Trunk [158753]1202 - Ladies' Coat, Easton Trunk [158753]
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Ladies' coat recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Ladies' petticoat, 11" top opening with two 2...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to F*******1 for (180.00 + 36.00) = 216.00
 
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Ladies' Crotchless Bloomers, Easton Trunk [158727]1203 - Ladies' Crotchless Bloomers, Easton Trunk [158727]
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Ladies crotchless bloomers recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. One buttonhole and 1" porcelain button....
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to j*****0 for (275.00 + 55.00) = 330.00
 
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Ladies' Dress, Easton Trunk [158724]1204 - Ladies' Dress, Easton Trunk [158724]
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Ladies' dress recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Two 19" waist ties, 11" upper pleats. 39&qu...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to A*****0 for (130.00 + 26.00) = 156.00
 
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Ladies' Dressing Gown, Dual Pink Patterns, Easton Trunk [158790]1205 - Ladies' Dressing Gown, Dual Pink Patterns, Easton Trunk [158790]
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Ladies' dressing gown recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. A woman's large dressing gown with two di...
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Start Price : 1,000.00 | Estimate : 2,000.00
 
 
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Ladies' Dressing Gown, Easton Trunk [158725]1206 - Ladies' Dressing Gown, Easton Trunk [158725]
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Ladies' dressing gown recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Ladies dressing gown, 9 buttonholes and 9 but...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (160.00 + 32.00) = 192.00
 
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Ladies' Dressing Gown, Easton Trunk [158728]1207 - Ladies' Dressing Gown, Easton Trunk [158728]
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Dressing gown recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Ladies dressing gown, 7 buttonholes with 7 buttons present.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to S**********d for (170.00 + 34.00) = 204.00
 
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Ladies' Gloves, Easton Trunk [157072]1208 - Ladies' Gloves, Easton Trunk [157072]
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One pair of women's leather gloves recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Drawstring closure, overall leng...
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Estimate : 200.00
Sold to G*******s for (400.00 + 80.00) = 480.00
 
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Ladies' Handkerchiefs (2), Easton Trunk [157077]1209 - Ladies' Handkerchiefs (2), Easton Trunk [157077]
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One pair of Adeline Easton's handkerchiefs recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Both about 24 x 24 inche...
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Estimate : 200.00
Sold to S********4 for (130.00 + 26.00) = 156.00
 
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Ladies' Ornate Jacket, Easton Trunk [158752]1210 - Ladies' Ornate Jacket, Easton Trunk [158752]
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Ornate ladies' jacket found in the Easton trunk recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. What a beauty! Pretty and ornate lady's j...
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Start Price : 2,500.00 | Estimate : 5,000.00
 
 
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Ladies' Sash, Easton Trunk [156757]1211 - Ladies' Sash, Easton Trunk [156757]
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Women's silk sash recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. 53" long, silk, originally bright gold, whic...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (120.00 + 24.00) = 144.00
 
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Ladies' Stockings, Easton Trunk [159450]1212 - Ladies' Stockings, Easton Trunk [159450]
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Women's stockings recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. 21" heel to top, 8" heel to toe. Marked...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (130.00 + 26.00) = 156.00
 
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Ladies' Thin Socks, Easton Trunk [157079]1213 - Ladies' Thin Socks, Easton Trunk [157079]
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Ladies' thin socks recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Made of a thin material, possibly silk, 7" ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to e********b.. for (110.00 + 22.00) = 132.00
 
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Men's Collar, Easton Trunk [158722]1214 - Men's Collar, Easton Trunk [158722]
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Collar recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Collar with 1 center buttonhole and 5" rear tie with other ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to T********n.. for (150.00 + 30.00) = 180.00
 
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Men's Cravat, Easton Trunk [156758]1215 - Men's Cravat, Easton Trunk [156758]
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Men's cravat recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. A form of neck wear with the ends tucked inside the sh...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to j******n for (120.00 + 24.00) = 144.00
 
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Men's Cravat, Easton Trunk [158804]1216 - Men's Cravat, Easton Trunk [158804]
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Cravat recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Cravat that matches in color and cloth the gold sheen, green/brown
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 300.00
Sold to q********o.. for (160.00 + 32.00) = 192.00
 
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Men's Cravat, Easton Trunk [158807]1217 - Men's Cravat, Easton Trunk [158807]
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Men's cravat recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Cravat belonging to Ansel Easton, 1.5" x 50"...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (130.00 + 26.00) = 156.00
 
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Men's Cravat, Easton Trunk [158816]1218 - Men's Cravat, Easton Trunk [158816]
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Men's cravat recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. 2 x 50" long, degraded. Gold metallic thread with...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Men's Dress Frock Coat, Ansel Easton [158793]1219 - Men's Dress Frock Coat, Ansel Easton [158793]
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Men's dress frock coat recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. A beautiful double-breasted frock coat in th...
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Start Price : 1,000.00 | Estimate : 2,000.00
 
 
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Men's Dress Pants, Easton Trunk [158792]1220 - Men's Dress Pants, Easton Trunk [158792]
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Pair of expensive men's pants recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. The watch pocket inside the left side...
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Start Price : 500.00 | Estimate : 1,000.00
 
 
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Men's Dress Shirt labeled W.C. Ralston, Easton Trunk [156865]1221 - Men's Dress Shirt labeled W.C. Ralston, Easton Trunk [156865]
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Men's dress shirt recovered from the Easton trunk found with the S.S. Central America shipwreck. This shirt was rolled up in a copy of New York ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 5,000.00
Sold to F********e.. for (4,000.00 + 800.00) = 4,800.00
 
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Men's Dress Shirt, Easton Trunk [156762]1222 - Men's Dress Shirt, Easton Trunk [156762]
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Men's dress shirt recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. This shirt has far less staining than the others....
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to T********n.. for (130.00 + 26.00) = 156.00
 
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Men's Dress Shirt, Easton Trunk [156862]1223 - Men's Dress Shirt, Easton Trunk [156862]
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Dress shirt recovered from the Easton Trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Dress shirt, with vertical top pleats to stomach line, skirt-
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (130.00 + 26.00) = 156.00
 
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Men's Dress Shirt, Easton Trunk [158720]1224 - Men's Dress Shirt, Easton Trunk [158720]
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Men's dress shirt recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Men's dress shirt with 4 buttonholes and no b...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (225.00 + 45.00) = 270.00
 
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Men's Dress Shirt, Easton Trunk [158812]1225 - Men's Dress Shirt, Easton Trunk [158812]
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Men's dress shirt recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Three-stud collar opening, missing collar button....
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (160.00 + 32.00) = 192.00
 
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Men's Dress Shirt, Easton Trunk [158818]1226 - Men's Dress Shirt, Easton Trunk [158818]
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Men's dress shirt recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Lightweight, pleated front, but the sleeves here ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (140.00 + 28.00) = 168.00
 
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Men's Dress Vest, Easton Trunk [156753]1227 - Men's Dress Vest, Easton Trunk [156753]
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Men's dress vest recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Ansel Easton's vest, with fancy spotted metall...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 500.00
Sold to G*******s for (2,000.00 + 400.00) = 2,400.00
 
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Men's Fancy Silk Scarf or Ascot, Easton Trunk [158815]1228 - Men's Fancy Silk Scarf or Ascot, Easton Trunk [158815]
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Large, 29 x 29" scarf or ascot, thought to be men's according to the Ohio State University conservators. Dark border (3/4" wide), poss...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 1,000.00
Sold to t****r for (550.00 + 110.00) = 660.00
 
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Men's Hand-Cut Shorts, Easton Trunk [158758]1229 - Men's Hand-Cut Shorts, Easton Trunk [158758]
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Men's hand cut shorts recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Three holes, three buttons, 6" fly. Rein...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to b******G for (300.00 + 60.00) = 360.00
 
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Men's Handkerchief, Easton Trunk [157062]1230 - Men's Handkerchief, Easton Trunk [157062]
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Handkerchief recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. 16 x 16", stained but material appears sound. No mono...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to b******a for (110.00 + 22.00) = 132.00
 
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Men's Heavy Undershirt, Easton Trunk [158805]1231 - Men's Heavy Undershirt, Easton Trunk [158805]
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Heavy undershirt recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. A very fine example of a men's undershirt for cold...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to T********n.. for (275.00 + 55.00) = 330.00
 
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Men's Lightweight Long pants, Easton Trunk [156861]1232 - Men's Lightweight Long pants, Easton Trunk [156861]
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Men's lightweight long pants recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. This pair of pants is lightweight clot...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (110.00 + 22.00) = 132.00
 
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Men's Night Pants, Easton Trunk [158759]1233 - Men's Night Pants, Easton Trunk [158759]
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Men's night pants found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. One hole, one-button at fly. Open V at ankle. Inseam length 26", waist 32&qu...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (275.00 + 55.00) = 330.00
 
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Men's Nightshirt, Easton Trunk [158718]1234 - Men's Nightshirt, Easton Trunk [158718]
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Men's nightshirt recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Men's nightshirt. Two-hole collar with no butt...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to S**********d for (190.00 + 38.00) = 228.00
 
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Men's Nightshirt, Easton Trunk [158721]1235 - Men's Nightshirt, Easton Trunk [158721]
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Men's nightshirt recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Men's nightshirt with two buttonholes and no b...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (170.00 + 34.00) = 204.00
 
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Men's Shirt, Easton Trunk [158820]1236 - Men's Shirt, Easton Trunk [158820]
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Men's dress shirt recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Pleated front, cuffs folded, indicating possible ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to S**********d for (250.00 + 50.00) = 300.00
 
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Men's Shirt, White Dress, Easton Trunk [158801]1237 - Men's Shirt, White Dress, Easton Trunk [158801]
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Fine men's dress white shirt recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck., generally excellent condition with no...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (275.00 + 55.00) = 330.00
 
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Men's Socks Marked AIE, Ansel I. Easton [159451]1238 - Men's Socks Marked AIE, Ansel I. Easton [159451]
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A pair of socks recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Form-fitting expansion throughout. Heel to top 9",...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to R*******8 for (140.00 + 28.00) = 168.00
 
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Men's Socks, Choice Condition, Easton Trunk [156751]1239 - Men's Socks, Choice Condition, Easton Trunk [156751]
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Pair of cotton socks recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Very little discoloring and excellent condition. 1...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to R*******8 for (160.00 + 32.00) = 192.00
 
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Men's Socks, Recent Use, Easton Trunk [158808]1240 - Men's Socks, Recent Use, Easton Trunk [158808]
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Men's socks recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Internal half folded from recent uses (just pulled off ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (110.00 + 22.00) = 132.00
 
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Men's Tie, Diagonal Striped, Easton Trunk [156759]1241 - Men's Tie, Diagonal Striped, Easton Trunk [156759]
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Men's necktie recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Diagonal-striped men's necktie of Ansel Easton, 2...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to T********n.. for (130.00 + 26.00) = 156.00
 
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Men's Tie, Easton Trunk [156756]1242 - Men's Tie, Easton Trunk [156756]
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Men's tie recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Good condition, 2 x 42", no apparent pattern, possib...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to R*******8 for (170.00 + 34.00) = 204.00
 
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Men's Tie, Patterned, Easton Trunk [156755]1243 - Men's Tie, Patterned, Easton Trunk [156755]
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Men's tie recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. 42" long, 2" wide, Pattern consists of alternat...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (375.00 + 75.00) = 450.00
 
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Men's Undershirt, Easton Trunk [158737]1244 - Men's Undershirt, Easton Trunk [158737]
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Men's undershirt recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. V-neck with 2 buttonholes and buttons present. 2.5...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to A*****0 for (325.00 + 65.00) = 390.00
 
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Men's Vest, Easton Trunk [158719]1245 - Men's Vest, Easton Trunk [158719]
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Men's vest recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Men's vest with 6 buttonholes and 6 buttons present....
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to C*********m for (300.00 + 60.00) = 360.00
 
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Men's Vest, Easton Trunk [158723]1246 - Men's Vest, Easton Trunk [158723]
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Men's vest recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Men's vest with 2 different diamond pattern, 2 lower...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to p*****S for (425.00 + 85.00) = 510.00
 
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Mens Long Underwear Pants, Easton Trunk [156866]1247 - Mens Long Underwear Pants, Easton Trunk [156866]
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Men's long underpants recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Overall length 41", inseam about 30"...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to T********n.. for (275.00 + 55.00) = 330.00
 
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Scarf, Large, Easton Trunk [158747]1248 - Scarf, Large, Easton Trunk [158747]
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Large scarf recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Probably blackdyed silk in origin. 1" embroidered edge...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to H**********9 for (120.00 + 24.00) = 144.00
 
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Thick Cloth, Handkerchief?, Marked // Easton // [158813]1249 - Thick Cloth, Handkerchief?, Marked // Easton // [158813]
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A thick, well-woven cloth recovered from the Easton trunk found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Rolled on two opposing sides with the other two
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to b******a for (225.00 + 45.00) = 270.00
 
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