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1912 S76 Large Silk Premium "Generals" Complete Set (5)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,659
Remarkable ultra high-grade complete set of five "Generals" from the S76 Large Silk tobacco-premium issue from a remarkable find. This group is entirely new to the hobby and has been consigned by a noncollector in the New England area who found these silks in essentially perfect condition (along with the S81 Cobb, Lajoie, Speaker, Jennings, and flag silks also offered in this auction) many years ago and has kept them in his possession until now. The large premium silks could only be obtained by mail, in exchange for twenty Helmar Tobacco gift coupons per silk. The redeemable coupons were inserted one coupon per pack, so it is not surprising that these premiums are extremely rare. The generals featured within this set, each appearing on horseback, are George Washington, U.S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Colonel W. F. Cody. S76 (and the sport S81) silks are revered both for their beauty and rarity. The offered examples are in extraordinarily high grade, presenting with brilliant, bold colors and crisp, flawless images. Entirely free of any creases or wrinkles. Some very slight fraying at the top and bottom is present, as is almost always the case with large silks. Overall Near Mint to Mint condition. Also accompanying each silk is the original paper backing as issued! Magnificent complete set of these famous historical figures from one of the rarest and most classic of all 1910-era tobacco-premium issues. Total: 5 silks. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,659
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