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Circa 1890 Allen & Ginter Civil War Generals and American Indians Silks (17)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,015
Presented is a fascinating and unusual collection of twelve different silks (plus five duplicates) from a circa 1890 Allen & Ginter silks issue. Not much is known about this obscure set, which is considered by many to be among the first silk issues but is currently unclassified in the Handbook of Worldwide Tobacco and Trade Silk Issues. According to knowledgeable collectors with whom we consulted, this series may have been issued exclusively overseas (coincidentally, this collection comes to us from the United Kingdom). Due to their rarity, information has been hard to verify with reference to how many subjects are in the set. The twelve different subjects represented in this lot may represent a complete set (and may even represent the first known complete set ever assembled). The twelve silk subjects, which consist of Civil War Generals, politicians, and American Indians, are as follows: Jefferson Davis, David G. Farragut (2), Indian of California, Indian Medicine-Men In Masks And Masquerade Dresses, Stonewall Jackson, Robert Edmund Lee (2), Abraham Lincoln, George B. M'Clellan, George G. Meade, Philip H. Sheridan (2), William T. Sherman (2), and George H. Thomas (2). The black-and-white silks vary in size from 9 x 6 inches to 10.5 x 7.25 inches and feature a subject image on one side and advertising for Richmond Straight Cut No. 1 Cigarettes manufactured by Allen & Ginter on the other. All of the silks present in outstanding condition with normal amounts of fraying along the edges (that are common to all silk issues) and light toning or staining visible. These premiums differ markedly from the standard tobacco cards of the era and later-issued tobacco silks, and are the first examples we have ever handled. (Additional note: the fact we have never seen these in the U.S. over the years is also supportive of the theory these silks were not issued in the U.S.). This is a tremendous collection of these extremely rare, unusual, and early large-format silks, which would be a significant addition to any tobacco silk, nonsport, or Americana collection. Total: 17 silks. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $2,015
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